Taylor Allderdice High School

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Taylor Allderdice High School
2409 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217
United States
Coordinates 40°25′46″N 79°55′10″W / 40.429514°N 79.919379°W / 40.429514; -79.919379
Type Public high school
Motto "Know Something, Do Something, Be Something."[1]
School district Pittsburgh Public Schools
Principal Melissa Friez[1] (since July 2009)
Enrollment 1,470 as of October 2016[1]
Color(s) Green and White[1]          
Team name Dragons[1]
Allderdice, Pittsburgh, High School
Taylor Allderdice High School is located in Pittsburgh
Taylor Allderdice High School
Taylor Allderdice High School is located in Pennsylvania
Taylor Allderdice High School
Taylor Allderdice High School is located in the US
Taylor Allderdice High School
Location 2409 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°25′46″N 79°55′11″W / 40.42944°N 79.91972°W / 40.42944; -79.91972Coordinates: 40°25′46″N 79°55′11″W / 40.42944°N 79.91972°W / 40.42944; -79.91972
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1927[1]
Architectural style Classical Revival
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86002641[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 30, 1986
Designated PHLF 2002

Taylor Allderdice High School is a public high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The school opened in 1927 and was named for industrialist and Squirrel Hill resident Taylor Allderdice, who was a member of the city's first school board and president of National Tube Company, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel Corporation.[3]

Feeder district[edit]

Allderdice's feeder district includes all or parts of the Glen Hazel, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood, Greenfield, Lincoln Place, New Homestead, Point Breeze, Regent Square, South Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Swisshelm Park neighborhoods.[4] Students from other Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the borough of Mount Oliver may also attend Allderdice through the pre-engineering magnet program; the Chinese magnet program, as Allderdice is the only district school to offer Chinese; or under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.


  • 1994 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education[5]
  • 1995 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education[5]
  • 1996 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education[5]
  • 2005 - ranked number 1,061 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek[6]
  • 2007 - ranked number 1,183 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek[7]
  • 2009 - ranked number 40 in Western Pennsylvania on the list of highest scoring juniors on the PSSA for a three-year period[8]
  • 2009 - awarded Silver Medal by U.S. News & World Report in their "Best High Schools" issue[9]
  • 2010 - ranked number 1,538 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek[10]


As of October 2016[1]

Subset Number of students Percent
All 1,470 100%
African-American 587 40%
American Indian <5 0%
Asian 56 4%
Caucasian 706 48%
Hispanic 49 3%
Multi-racial 69 5%
Male 766 52%
Female 704 48%

The Foreword[edit]

The Foreword, Allderdice's student newspaper, began with its first published issue on April 1, 1927,[11] as a three-column-wide subscription newspaper. It publishes an edition every five to six weeks during the school year. It is supported solely by advertising sales and is distributed at no cost to students, faculty, parents, and members the local community. The newspaper's namesake is a play on words of Forward Avenue, the street located on the building's south side.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Graduating class Notability
Gene Forrell 1933 Composer and conductor[12]
Bernard Fisher 1936 Scientist
Marty Allen 1940 Stand-up comedian and actor
Herb Douglas 1940 Bronze medalist, 1948 Summer Olympics
Myron Cope 1947 Color commentator, Pittsburgh Steelers; Radio announcer, WTAE-AM; Sports commentator, WTAE-TV
Richard Caliguiri 1950 Mayor of Pittsburgh
James S. Langer 1951 Professor of Physics
Murray Chass 1956 Sportswriter;[13] Recipient, J. G. Taylor Spink Award
Stephen J. Lippard 1958 Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Recipient, National Medal of Science
Sara Alpern 1960 Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Bob O'Connor 1962 Mayor of Pittsburgh[14]
Iris Rainer Dart 1962 Author and playwright
Harvey V. Fineberg 1963 President, Institute of Medicine; Provost, Harvard University
Larry Lucchino 1963 President and CEO, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres[15]
David P. Dobkin 1966 Dean of the Faculty and Phillip Y. Goldman '86 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University
Howard Fineman 1966 Editorial Director, The Huffington Post Media Group
Richard Pacheco 1966 Pornographic film and video actor, writer and director
Edward B. Montgomery 1973 Economist, academic and politician
Sally Lapiduss 1974 Television producer and writer
Nathaniel Philbrick 1974 Author[16]
Evan Wolfson 1974 Civil rights attorney[17]
Gary Graff 1978 Music journalist[18]
Maxine Lapiduss 1978 Comedian; Television producer and writer
Rob Marshall 1978 Theatre director, film director and choreographer[19][20]
Gary Green 1980 Shortstop, Major League Baseball[21]
Kathleen Marshall 1980 Choreographer and theatre director[20]
Eddie Rosenstein 1981 Documentary Filmmaker[22]
Antoine Fuqua 1983 Movie director[19]
Jonathan Rapping 1984 Criminal defense attorney; Founder, Gideon's Promise
Steve Lieber 1985 Comic book illustrator[23]
Sharon Epperson 1986 Correspondent, CNBC
James Williams 1986 Offensive tackle, Chicago Bears
Jesse Michaels 1987 Singer, Operation Ivy and Common Rider
Billy Porter 1987 Broadway performer and pop vocalist
Curtis Martin 1991 Running back, National Football League;[24] Inductee, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pittsburgh Slim 1997 Rapper
Beedie 2006 Rapper
Wiz Khalifa 2006 Rapper[25]
Lucian Wintrich 2007 Political Commentator/Artist
Mac Miller 2010 Rapper[26]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2012, rapper Wiz Khalifa released Taylor Allderdice, a mixtape named for his alma mater.[27]


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  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Lee, Carmen J. (March 16, 1998). "The name on a school stays, but memory of the person fades". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  4. ^ "Discover Pittsburgh Public Schools". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 1982-1983 through 1999-2002" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education via Archive.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools". Newsweek via archive.org. August 5, 2005. Archived from the original on September 28, 2006. 
  7. ^ Eleanor, Chute (May 24, 2007). "7 high schools ranked among best in U.S.". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  8. ^ "The Rankings: 11th Grade". Pittsburgh Business Times. May 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools – Silver Medal for Pittsburgh Allderdice, Bronze for Pittsburgh CAPA". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nine Pittsburgh-area public high schools earn Newsweek honors". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ Linn, Alex (December 21, 2007). "Looking backward on The Foreword". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ Monica L. Haynes (2005-09-28). "Obituary: Gene Forrell / Award-winning composer and conductor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  13. ^ Mervis, Scott (October 11, 2012). "Gary Graff: Rock 'n' roll observer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  14. ^ Lord, Rich (2006-09-02). "Obituary: Mayor Robert E. O'Connor / His enthusiasm for city was unbounded". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  15. ^ Donoho, Ron (June 1999). "Lucchino!". San Diego Magazine. Archived from the original on 2002-09-10. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  16. ^ Authors, chef highlight Drue Heinz lecture series, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 25 April 2007
  17. ^ Rotstein, Gary (2004-04-22). "Gay marriage advocate says Time's honor good for cause". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  18. ^ Cf. http://www.rockcritics.com/interview/garygraff.html. Retrieved on December 12, 2006
  19. ^ a b Weiskind, Ron (2003-11-22). "Goldmann driven daffy by Looney Tunes film". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  20. ^ a b Rawson, Christopher (1994-03-06). "Broadway follows in their footsteps". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  21. ^ Assad, David (July 3, 1991). "Texas recalls Allderdice grad Gary Green". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  22. ^ Owen, Rob (2008-09-07). "'Sandhogs' digs for stories under Manhattan". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  23. ^ John Hayes (April 27, 2001). "Squirrel Hill native works the mainstream and the underground". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  24. ^ Finder, Chuck (2005-01-14). "AFC Playoffs / The Jets: Curtis Martin a football star by accident". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  25. ^ Roberts, Josie (2005-06-28). "The hip-hop pulse". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  26. ^ Todd, Deborah M. (August 12, 2010). "Like Wiz Khalifa, rapper Mac Miller is another talent from Allderdice". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  27. ^ Mervis, Scott (March 1, 2012). "Local Scene: Wiz Khalifa buzz builds for 'Taylor Allderdice'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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