Taylor Allderdice High School
|Taylor Allderdice High School|
"Know Something, Do Something, Be Something."
|2409 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Pittsburgh Public Schools|
|Principal||Melissa Friez (since July 2009)|
|Enrollment||1,390 as of October 2014|
|Color(s)||Green and White|
Allderdice, Pittsburgh, High School
|Location||2409 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Area||3 acres (1.2 ha)|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|MPS||Pittsburgh Public Schools TR|
|NRHP Reference #||86002641|
|Added to NRHP||September 30, 1986|
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.
Allderdice's feeder district includes all or parts of the Glen Hazel, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood, Greenfield, Lincoln Place, New Homestead, Park Place, Point Breeze, Regent Square, South Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill North, Squirrel Hill South, and Swisshelm Park neighborhoods. 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.
The following rankings are based solely on mandatory Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing of 11th grade students in reading and math. Only public high schools participate in PSSA testing:
- 2002-2003: Ranked 100 of 604 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2003-2004: Ranked 77 of 612 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2004-2005: Ranked 145 of 612 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2005-2006: Ranked 98 of 629 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2006-2007: Ranked 158 of 640 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2007-2008: Ranked 299 of 644 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2008-2009: Ranked 368 of 654 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2009-2010: Ranked 301 of 670 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2010-2011: Ranked 208 of 673 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2011-2012: Ranked 418 of 676 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 2012-2013: Ranked 382 of 592 Pennsylvania Public High Schools
- 1994 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education
- 1995 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education
- 1996 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education
- 2005 - ranked number 1,061 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek
- 2007 - ranked number 1,183 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek
- 2009 - ranked number 40 in Western Pennsylvania on the list of highest scoring juniors on the PSSA for a three-year period
- 2009 - awarded Silver Medal by U.S. News & World Report in their "Best High Schools" issue
- 2010 - ranked number 1,538 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek
As of October 2014
|Subset||Number of students||Percent|
The Foreword, Allderdice's student newspaper, began in 1927 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.
|Gene Forrell||1933||Composer and conductor|
|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; 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|
|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|
|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|
|Evan Wolfson||1974||Civil rights attorney|
|Gary Graff||1978||Music journalist|
|Maxine Lapiduss||1978||Comedian; Television producer and writer|
|Rob Marshall||1978||Theatre director, film director and choreographer|
|Gary Green||1980||Shortstop, Major League Baseball|
|Kathleen Marshall||1980||Choreographer and theatre director|
|Antoine Fuqua||1983||Movie director|
|Jonathan Rapping||1984||Criminal defense attorney and founder of Gideon's Promise|
|Steve Lieber||1985||Comic book illustrator|
|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, New York Jets; Inductee, Pro Football Hall of Fame|
In popular culture
- "Allderdice: General Information". Pittsburgh Public Schools. April 3, 2013.
- "Discover PPS: Pittsburgh Allderdice High School". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Lee, Carmen J. (March 16, 1998). "The name on a school stays, but memory of the person fades". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "Discover Pittsburgh Public Schools". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- EJ. "Best High Schools". SchoolDigger.com. SchoolDigger.com. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 1982-1983 through 1999-2002" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education via Archive.org. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools". Newsweek via archive.org. August 5, 2005.
- Eleanor, Chute (May 24, 2007). "7 high schools ranked among best in U.S.". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "The Rankings: 11th Grade". Pittsburgh Business Times. May 5, 2010.
- "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.
- "Nine Pittsburgh-area public high schools earn Newsweek honors". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 2010.
- "The Foreword: About". The Foreword. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Monica L. Haynes (2005-09-28). "Obituary: Gene Forrell / Award-winning composer and conductor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25.
- Mervis, Scott (October 11, 2012). "Gary Graff: Rock 'n' roll observer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Lord, Rich (2006-09-02). "Obituary: Mayor Robert E. O'Connor / His enthusiasm for city was unbounded". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
- Donoho, Ron (June 1999). "Lucchino!". San Diego Magazine. Archived from the original on 2002-09-10. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
- Authors, chef highlight Drue Heinz lecture series, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 25 April 2007
- Rotstein, Gary (2004-04-22). "Gay marriage advocate says Time's honor good for cause". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
- Cf. http://www.rockcritics.com/interview/garygraff.html. Retrieved on December 12, 2006
- Weiskind, Ron (2003-11-22). "Goldmann driven daffy by Looney Tunes film". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25.
- Rawson, Christopher (1994-03-06). "Broadway follows in their footsteps". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
- Assad, David (July 3, 1991). "Texas recalls Allderdice grad Gary Green". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- John Hayes (April 27, 2001). "Squirrel Hill native works the mainstream and the underground". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- Finder, Chuck (2005-01-14). "AFC Playoffs / The Jets: Curtis Martin a football star by accident". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27.
- Roberts, Josie (2005-06-28). "The hip-hop pulse". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2006-12-05.
- Todd, Deborah M. (August 12, 2010). "Like Wiz Khalifa, rapper Mac Miller is another talent from Allderdice". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- Mervis, Scott (March 1, 2012). "Local Scene: Wiz Khalifa buzz builds for 'Taylor Allderdice'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.