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Schenley High School

Schenley High School
Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve
4101 Bigelow Blvd,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

United States
Type Public, Magnet school, International Baccalaureate
Established October 2, 1916
Closed August 2008 (building), June 12, 2011 (final graduating class)
School district Pittsburgh Public Schools
Color(s) Red, Black, and White
Mascot Spartan
Schenley High School
Location Bigelow Blvd. and Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Architect Edward Stotz
Governing body Pittsburgh Public Schools
Part of Schenley Farms Historic District (#83002213)
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86002706[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 30, 1986
Designated CP July 22, 1983[1]
Designated PHLF 1992[2]

Schenley High School, located in the North Oakland neighborhood at the edge of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a historic building opened in 1916 that was a part of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The Schenley High School building was closed in June 2008 in a 5-4 vote by the school district due to issues with asbestos. Its staff and students were relocated the following year. The Schenley name was retired and its last class graduated in 2011. On February 28, 2013 the Pittsburgh School Board approved the sale of Schenley High School to the PMC Property Group of Philadelphia in a 5-4 vote.[3]

The Schenley building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP Reference #86002706).[1] and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Register. It is also a contributing property in the Schenley Farms Historic District.[3]


  • History 1
  • Relocation and Closure 2
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Schenley High School was named for Pittsburgh philanthropist [3]

Relocation and Closure

In June 2008, due to severe maintenance problems, school district Superintendent

  • Schenley High School website
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Historic, asbestos-plagued Schenley deserves reprieve and makeover from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 22, 2006

External links

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ a b c d Chute, Eleanor (2013-02-28). "Schenley High School building in Oakland sold to developer - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Schenley High School" (PDF). May 1985. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  5. ^ Sostek, Anya (2015-01-25). Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,' made and set in Pittsburgh, premieres today at Sundance Film Festival"'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kalson, Sally (2005-11-10). "Much history will be lost with closing of Schenley". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Derrick Bell". The HistoryMakers Web Site. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  8. ^ Janis, Robert (2004-11-16). "Interview: Larry Brown". Sports Fan Magazine Web Site. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Players :: Darnell Dinkins (Bio)". Cleveland Browns Web Site. Archived from the original on 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  10. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (July 27, 1992). "Bill Nunn".  
  11. ^ "Pittsburghers of the Century". WQED Pittsburgh Web Site. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  12. ^ Sabatini, Patricia (2012-12-02). "Obituary: Benjamin Tatar / Actor was Jackie Gleason's aide, lived with Ava Gardner Jan. 23, 1930 - Nov. 29, 2012".  


Notable alumni

The Summer of 2014 saw the Schenley High School building play a starring role in the film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The film based on the 2013 book written by Schenley graduate Jesse Andrews tells the tale of a Schenley senior who is dealing with coming of age while facing the possibility of losing a sick classmate. For the movie scenes were filmed throughout Schenley High School, including the auditorium and cafeteria. The school colors in the film however were changed from red and black, to blue and gold. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it broke records. Distributor Fox Searchlight purchased the rights to the film for an estimated 12 million dollars.[5]

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


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