Taylor Allderdice High School

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Taylor Allderdice High School
Allderdice.jpg
"Know Something, Do Something, Be Something."[1]
Address
2409 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217, United States
Coordinates40°25′46″N 79°55′10″W / 40.429514°N 79.919379°W / 40.429514; -79.919379
Information
TypePublic high school
School districtPittsburgh Public Schools
PrincipalMelissa Friez[2] (since July 2009)
Enrollment1,336 as of April 1, 2013[1]
Color(s)Green and White[1]          
Team nameDragons[1]
Website
Allderdice, Pittsburgh, High School
Taylor Allderdice High School is located in Pennsylvania
Taylor Allderdice High School
Location2409 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°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
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built1927[1]
Architectural styleClassical Revival
Governing bodyLocal
MPSPittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference #86002641[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 30, 1986
Designated PHLF2002
 
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Taylor Allderdice High School
Allderdice.jpg
"Know Something, Do Something, Be Something."[1]
Address
2409 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217, United States
Coordinates40°25′46″N 79°55′10″W / 40.429514°N 79.919379°W / 40.429514; -79.919379
Information
TypePublic high school
School districtPittsburgh Public Schools
PrincipalMelissa Friez[2] (since July 2009)
Enrollment1,336 as of April 1, 2013[1]
Color(s)Green and White[1]          
Team nameDragons[1]
Website
Allderdice, Pittsburgh, High School
Taylor Allderdice High School is located in Pennsylvania
Taylor Allderdice High School
Location2409 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°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
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built1927[1]
Architectural styleClassical Revival
Governing bodyLocal
MPSPittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference #86002641[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 30, 1986
Designated PHLF2002

Taylor Allderdice High School, also referred to by the Pittsburgh Public Schools as “Pittsburgh Allderdice”,[4] 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 the National Tube Company, which was a subsidiary of the U.S. Steel Corporation.[5]

Feeder district[edit]

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.[6] 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.

Rankings[edit]

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:[7]

Recognition[edit]

Enrollment[edit]

As of April 1, 2013[1]

SubsetNumber of studentsPercent
All1,336100.00%
African-American52739.45%
American Indian00.00%
Asian634.72%
Hispanic282.10%
Multiracial624.64%
White65649.10%
Male70953.07%
Female62746.93%

The Foreword[edit]

The Foreword, Allderdice's student newspaper, began in 1927 as a three-column-wide subscription newspaper.[14] 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]

NameGraduating classNotability
Gene Forrell1933Composer and conductor[15]
Bernard Fisher1936Scientist
Marty Allen1940Stand-up comedian and actor
Herb Douglas1940Bronze medalist, 1948 Summer Olympics
Myron Cope1947Color commentator, Pittsburgh Steelers; Radio announcer, WTAE-AM; Sports commentator, WTAE-TV
Richard Caliguiri1950Mayor of Pittsburgh
James S. Langer1951Professor of Physics
Murray Chass1956Sportswriter;[16] Recipient, J. G. Taylor Spink Award
Stephen J. Lippard1958Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Recipient, National Medal of Science
Sara Alpern1960Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Bob O'Connor1962Mayor of Pittsburgh[17]
Iris Rainer Dart1962Author and playwright
Harvey V. Fineberg1963President, Institute of Medicine; Provost, Harvard University
Larry Lucchino1963President and CEO, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres[18]
David P. Dobkin1966Dean of the Faculty and Phillip Y. Goldman '86 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University
Howard Fineman1966Editorial Director, The Huffington Post Media Group
Richard Pacheco1966Pornographic film and video actor, writer and director
Jeff Goldblumc. 1970Actor[19]
Edward B. Montgomery1973Economist, academic and politician
Sally Lapiduss1974Television producer and writer
Nathaniel Philbrick1974Author[20]
Evan Wolfson1974Civil rights attorney[21]
Gary Graff1978Music journalist[22]
Maxine Lapiduss1978Comedian; Television producer and writer
Rob Marshall1978Theatre director, film director and choreographer[23][24]
Gary Green1980Shortstop, Major League Baseball[25]
Kathleen Marshall1980Choreographer and theatre director[24]
Antoine Fuqua1983Movie director[23]
Steve Lieber1985Comic book illustrator[26]
Sharon Epperson1986Correspondent, CNBC
James Williams1986Offensive tackle, Chicago Bears
Jesse Michaels1987Singer, Operation Ivy and Common Rider
Billy Porter1987Broadway performer and pop vocalist
Curtis Martin1991Running back, New York Jets;[27] Inductee, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Councilman Tom Baker1997Allegheny County Council District 1
Pittsburgh Slim1997Rapper
Beedie2006Rapper
Wiz Khalifa2006Rapper[28]
Mac Miller2010Rapper[29]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2012, rapper Wiz Khalifa released Taylor Allderdice, a mixtape named for his alma mater.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Allderdice: General Information". Pittsburgh Public Schools. April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Allderdice: School Information/Administration". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ Smydo, Joe (July 10, 2007). "Pittsburgh schools drop 'public' from name to boost image". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  5. ^ Lee, Carmen J. (March 16, 1998). "The name on a school stays, but memory of the person fades". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  6. ^ "Discover Pittsburgh Public Schools". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  7. ^ EJ. "Best High Schools". SchoolDigger.com. SchoolDigger.com. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 1982-1983 through 1999-2002". U.S. Department of Education via Archive.org. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools". Newsweek via archive.org. August 5, 2005. 
  10. ^ Eleanor, Chute (May 24, 2007). "7 high schools ranked among best in U.S.". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  11. ^ "The Rankings: 11th Grade". Pittsburgh Business Times. May 5, 2010. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "Nine Pittsburgh-area public high schools earn Newsweek honors". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Foreword: About". The Foreword. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Monica L. Haynes (2005-09-28). "Obituary: Gene Forrell / Award-winning composer and conductor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  16. ^ Mervis, Scott (October 11, 2012). "Gary Graff: Rock 'n' roll observer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  17. ^ Lord, Rich (2006-09-02). "Obituary: Mayor Robert E. O'Connor / His enthusiasm for city was unbounded". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  18. ^ Donoho, Ron (June 1999). "Lucchino!". San Diego Magazine. Archived from the original on 2002-09-10. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  19. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000156/bio
  20. ^ Authors, chef highlight Drue Heinz lecture series, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 25 April 2007
  21. ^ Rotstein, Gary (2004-04-22). "Gay marriage advocate says Time's honor good for cause". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  22. ^ Cf. http://www.rockcritics.com/interview/garygraff.html. Retrieved on December 12, 2006
  23. ^ a b Weiskind, Ron (2003-11-22). "Goldmann driven daffy by Looney Tunes film". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  24. ^ a b Rawson, Christopher (1994-03-06). "Broadway follows in their footsteps". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  25. ^ Assad, David (July 3, 1991). "Texas recalls Allderdice grad Gary Green". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  26. ^ John Hayes (April 27, 2001). "Squirrel Hill native works the mainstream and the underground". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  27. ^ Finder, Chuck (2005-01-14). "AFC Playoffs / The Jets: Curtis Martin a football star by accident". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  28. ^ Roberts, Josie (2005-06-28). "The hip-hop pulse". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  29. ^ Todd, Deborah M. (August 12, 2010). "Like Wiz Khalifa, rapper Mac Miller is another talent from Allderdice". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  30. ^ Mervis, Scott (March 1, 2012). "Local Scene: Wiz Khalifa buzz builds for 'Taylor Allderdice'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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