Taylor Allderdice High School
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Taylor Allderdice High School

Taylor Allderdice High School
2409 Shady Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°25?46?N 79°55?10?W / 40.429514°N 79.919379°W / 40.429514; -79.919379Coordinates: 40°25?46?N 79°55?10?W / 40.429514°N 79.919379°W / 40.429514; -79.919379
TypePublic high school
MottoKnow Something, Do Something, Be Something.[3]
School districtPittsburgh Public Schools
PrincipalJames McCoy[1]
Teaching staff103.40 (FTE) (2017-18)[2]
Enrollment1,4 83(2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio14.34:1 (2017-18)[2]
Color(s)     Green
Team nameDragons[3]
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 United States
Taylor Allderdice High School
Location2409 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°25?46?N 79°55?11?W / 40.42944°N 79.91972°W / 40.42944; -79.91972
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
ArchitectTrimble, Robert
Architectural styleClassical Revival
MPSPittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP reference #86002641[4]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 30, 1986
Designated PHLF2002

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

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.[5]


As of October 1, 2017[3]

Subset Number of students Percent
All 1,495 100%
Male 770 52%
Female 725 48%
Caucasian 744 50%
African-American 559 37%
Multi-racial 80 5%
Asian 55 4%
Hispanic 55 4%
American Indian <5 0%
Pacific Islander <5 0%

Allderdice's feeder pattern, which determines the public school that children at every residential address will attend, includes all or parts of these neighborhoods: Glen Hazel, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood, Greenfield, Lincoln Place, New Homestead, Point Breeze, Regent Square, South Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Swisshelm Park.[6]


Allderdice was designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 1994, 1995, and 1996.[7] On Newsweek's list of top performing U.S. high schools, the school was ranked 1,061 in 2005,[8] 1,183 in 2007,[9] and 1,538 in 2010.[10] In 2009, Allderdice was awarded a silver medal by U.S. News & World Report in their "Best High Schools" issue.[11]

The Foreword

The Foreword, Allderdice's student newspaper, began with its first published issue on April 1, 1927,[12] 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

Name Class year Notability
Lenny Levy 1932 Coach, Pittsburgh Pirates[13][14]
Gene Forrell 1933 Composer and conductor[15]
Bernard Fisher 1936 Cancer surgeon and researcher who promoted breast preservation surgery
Alan Perlis 1939 Computer scientist[16]
Marty Allen 1940 Stand-up comedian and actor
Herb Douglas 1940 Bronze medalist, 1948 Summer Olympics
Jerry Fielding 1940 Musician, arranger, bandleader, and film composer[17][18]
Myron Cope 1947 Sportscaster and announcer, Pittsburgh Steelers, WTAE-TV, and WTAE-AM
Richard Caliguiri 1950 Mayor of Pittsburgh
Robert Weinberg 1950 Cancer biologist, co-discovered Ras GTPase oncogene
James S. Langer 1951 Professor of Physics
John Isaiah Brauman 1955 Physical chemist specializing in reaction kinetics, Stanford University
Murray Chass 1956 Sportswriter[19]
Chuck Wein 1956 Entertainment promoter and manager[20]
Stephen J. Lippard 1958 Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Edgar Snyder 1959 Attorney, local television personality
Sara Alpern 1960 Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Bob O'Connor 1962 Mayor of Pittsburgh[21]
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[22]
Devra Davis 1964 Epidemiologist; writer[23]
David P. Dobkin 1966 Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Computer Science, 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
Frances Arnold 1974 Chemist, Nobel Prize winner[24]
Sally Lapiduss 1974 Television producer and writer
Nathaniel Philbrick 1974 Author[25]
Evan Wolfson 1974 Civil rights attorney[26]
Joseph Koerner 1976 Art historian and professor[27]
Gary Graff 1978 Music journalist[28]
Maxine Lapiduss 1978 Comedian; Television producer and writer
Rob Marshall 1978 Theatre director, film director and choreographer[29][30]
Gary Green 1980 Shortstop, Major League Baseball[31]
Kathleen Marshall 1980 Choreographer and theatre director[30]
Antoine Fuqua 1983 Movie director[29]
Jon Klein 1983 Author, Musician
Jonathan Rapping 1984 Criminal defense attorney; Founder, Gideon's Promise
Steve Lieber 1985 Comic book illustrator[32]
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[33]
Curtis Martin 1991 Running back, National Football League;[34] Inductee, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pittsburgh Slim 1997 Rapper
Beedie 2006 Rapper[35]
Wiz Khalifa 2006 Rapper[36]
Lucian Wintrich 2007 Political artist and political commentator
Will Clarke 2009 Defensive end, National Football League[37]
Mac Miller 2010 Musician and artist[38]
Scott W. Stern 2011 Author and Norman Holmes Pearson Prize Winner[]
Tyrique Jarrett 2012 Nose tackle, Denver Broncos[39]

In popular culture

In 2012, rapper Wiz Khalifa released Taylor Allderdice, a mixtape named for his alma mater.[40]


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  15. ^ Monica L. Haynes (September 28, 2005). "Obituary: Gene Forrell / Award-winning composer and conductor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006.
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