Westinghouse High School (Pittsburgh)
|Westinghouse High School|
|1101 N. Murtland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
|School district||Pittsburgh Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr. Alexander Herring (Acting)|
|Enrollment||781 August 2012|
Westinghouse High School
Front of school
|Architect||Ingham & Boyd|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP reference #||86002716 |
|Added to NRHP||September 30, 1986|
|Designated CPHS||November 30, 1999|
Westinghouse is one of ten high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Westinghouse High School is a 6-12 school, one of four created in Pittsburgh Public Schools. Girls in one building, Boys in another part of the building with Faison joining Westinghouse High School on a separate floor if the board approves.[clarification needed] In the 2011-2012 school year, the school absorbed students from the East Liberty neighborhood due to the closure of nearby Peabody High School.
The City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods which are served by Westinghouse High School are as follows: East Hills, East Liberty, Highland Park, Homewood North, Homewood South, Homewood West, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, Point Breeze North, and Wilkinsburg.
Westinghouse High School opened in 1917. The major changes in the fall of 2011 at Westinghouse faced some community conflict because laws dictate that students can not be forced to attend a single-gender school under a 'feeder pattern. Hence, Pittsburgh Public Schools board decided that students living East of Negley will attend Westinghouse but can opt out in 30 days and attend the default Pittsburgh Milliones, University Preparatory School which faced increased enrollment. Projected enrollment for Westinghouse was to be 750 students. But in the early fall of 2011, 450 students have signed up.
By November 2011, the three principals that started the school year at Westinghouse were gone and the district also made an announcement that the single-gender operations would end in early 2012. The ACLU and others made threats of looming legal challenges and rather than go to court, the district decided that changes were the more prudent pathway for the future of the school.
Curriculum and Academies
The Science and Math Academy (SAM) allows students to develop skills in math and the sciences. A summer program allows students in the Academy to work with several colleges and universities
The Business and Finance Academy teaches students the skills needed in the financial services field, preparing students for further work in college or in the job market. Students are provided with training in the computer skills used most frequently in the business world.
- Tom Casey, Canadian Football Hall of Fame and former NFL player
- Chuck Cooper, first black player drafted in the NBA
- Frank Cunimondo, jazz pianist.
- Erroll B. Davis Jr. Chancellor, University of Georgia, WHS class of 1961
- Erroll Garner, jazz pianist and composer
- John Greene, former NFL player
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- Ahmad Jamal, jazz pianist
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- Billy Strayhorn, jazz composer, known for "Lush Life" and "Take the "A" Train".
- Jim Ellis, Notable swim coach and subject of the 2007 film Pride.
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