Pittsburgh Milliones, University Preparatory School

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University Prep
Pittsburgh Milliones University Prep.jpg
3117 Centre Avenue


United States
Coordinates40°26′59″N 79°57′46″W / 40.4498°N 79.9628°W / 40.4498; -79.9628Coordinates: 40°26′59″N 79°57′46″W / 40.4498°N 79.9628°W / 40.4498; -79.9628
School typePublic
MottoWe Believe, We Achieve, We Succeed
School districtPittsburgh Public Schools
PrincipalDr. Virginia Hill
Enrollment546[1] (2015-2016)
Color(s)Navy blue and vegas gold

University Prep 6-12 is a secondary magnet school in the Sugar Top (Hill District) neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. University Prep is one of ten high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Feeder District[edit]

University Prep also specifically serves the City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Bedford Dwellings, Bloomfield, Bluff, Central Business District, Central Lawrenceville, Crawford-Roberts, Friendship, Garfield, Lower Lawrenceville, Middle Hill, Morningside, Polish Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Terrace Village, Upper Hill, Upper Lawrenceville and West Overland.[2]


University Prep was established in 2008 by a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools. It opened with 145 ninth grade students for the 2008-09 school year.[3] The school added a tenth grade class and middle school classes for the 2009-10 school year, added eleventh grade class in the 2010-2011 school year, and twelfth grade classes in successive years. Its first graduating class was in 2012.


University Prep is housed in the former Margaret Milliones Middle School building. The University of Pittsburgh's Helen S. Faison Center for Urban Education is also located within the Milliones facility. The school was originally known as Herron Hill Junior High School. Herron Hill took its name from the land surrounding the mansion of the Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1849 to 1850, John Herron. The school was designed by architects Avalon and Center, and opened in 1928. The school was closed in 1974, and after extensive remodeling, reopened as the Margaret Milliones Middle School.[4]


A small school environment provides support for students below, on, or above grade level, and a continuum of interconnected support systems has been designed to help every student at University Prep access advanced coursework and activities.


As of 2015-2016:[1]

Group Number of students Percent
All 546 100%
White 22 4%
Black 497 91%
Asian 6 1.1%
Hispanic 3 0.5%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3 0.5%
Two or More Races 15 2.7%
Male 278 50.9%
Female 268 49.1%


  1. ^ a b "Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ EJ. "Discover PPS". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Archived from the original on 9 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  3. ^ "City's University Prep school plans get $600,000 boost". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 2008-07-09. Pittsburgh Public Schools will get more than $600,000 for three years and possibly as much as $1.25 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education to help start a University Prep 6-12 school at the former Milliones School in the Hill District. The school will open this fall with 150 ninth graders and add more grades over time.
  4. ^ "Herron Hill Junior High School". pitt.edu.