Renee Tillman was accepted for internship at Carnegie Mellon University’s Children’s School under the guidance of Administrator Margaret Rosenblum. The school’s approach to preschool and kindergarten education is based on theories and research in developmental psychology, as well as years of successful practice. Renee’s interest in psychology and education made an internship with the Children’s School a perfect fit and a wonderful opportunity to experience her intended field firsthand.

Maggie describes Renee as a dependable student who took the internship seriously. The Children’s School supports undergraduate and graduate students studying child development and is known to lead through excellence and innovation. It is also the only facility in Pittsburgh where it is possible to study pre-school children with the controls demanded by research protocols. This setting gave Renee the chance to observe CMU students actually conducting research. Working under her mentor and the talented teaching staff at the Children’s School taught Renee many strategies for redirecting children.

The staff noted that Renee displayed a keen sense of knowing where she was most needed at any given moment. But as observed by many staff, perhaps the most important attribute displayed is that “Renee is extremely kind.” Renee’s internship experience made an impression on her and she expressed an interest in one day working for the office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). Her mentors at the Children’s School were both touched and impressed.

The Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Award, Mr. Mark Barga, City Charter High School Social Studies Teacher, Selected as the Schools That Can 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Urban Educator

The Schools That Can Forum is an annual, public conference with sessions led and attended by top urban educators from STC schools, innovative education organizations, thought leaders, industry, and community partners. STC held this year’s national annual Forum in Pittsburgh on May 11, 2017.

Mr. Mark Barga receives the Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Award on behalf of Schools That Can and the STC Pittsburgh Forum. From L to R: Michael Druckman, STC Executive Chairman; Leslie Hiner, Ed Choice Vice President; Mark Barga, City Charter High School Social Studies Teacher; Casey Lamb, STC Chief Operations and Development Officer

Mr. Mark Barga, City Charter High School Social Studies Teacher and Class of 2019 Cultural Literacy Team member, was nominated and won the prestigious national Robert F. Kennedy Urban Educator Award.

This year’s awards were presented to a student, teacher, and school leader from the STC network who have spoken up and spoken out to defend freedom, decency, and justice. 

Schools That Can received dozens of nominees. Specifically, nominees embody Robert F. Kennedy’s quote made as Attorney General in June 1961:

“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted—when we tolerate what we know to be wrong—when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened—when we fail to speak up and speak out—we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.

Mr. Barga exposes students to rigorous, diverse, and critical social, political, economic, and historical perspectives in pursuit of a deeper, relevant engagement with themselves and society. His call to teaching urban youth springs from an intense commitment to social justice for a healthier, more equitable, more just and more democratic society.

City Charter Public High Schools applauds Mark’s recognition as an outstanding educator for the 21st Century, engaging all students in relevant and real world learning that is making a positive difference both in the classroom and the world in which our students will live and eventually lead.

Schools That Can (STC) is the nation’s largest cross-sector network of schools with over 170 schools in 16 cities, reaching more than 70,000 students. Their programming, partnerships, and thought leadership develop tangible solutions to close the opportunity and skills gap in urban education

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For a student who loves to make things, City Theatre was a goldmine of opportunity for Kyesi Shackelford.

Kyesi with his City Theatre Mentors.
From L to R: David Maslow, Paul Ford, Tony Ferrieri, Kyesi Shackelford, and Alex Barnhart

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From nature to human nature — Karsen Koah’s internship at Carnegie Museum of Natural History takes her into a new direction.

Karsen Koah  with the Education Department of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
From L to R: Karsen Koah, Laurie Giarratani—Assistant Director of Education, Lindsey Scherloum—Museum Educator and Karsen’s mentor and Mandi Lyon—Program Development Coordinator

How does a high school junior go from wanting to be an anthropologist to a psychologist?  By trying it out in an internship first. This is one of the many advantages of the City Charter High School. Students are able to get a taste of the career they’ve dreamt about, before spending all that time, effort and money to decide on something else down the line.

According to Karsen Koah, “The internship program is an amazing opportunity for everyone at City High. I also like Career Class because it makes you think about where you want to go before you get there.” 

Karsen started out with wanting to pursue Archeology/Forensic Anthropology, making her internship at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History a natural choice. She worked in the Education Department developing materials for the Climate Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP), a grant-funded partnership devoted to developing an array of activities to spur thoughtful discussions about predicted effects of climate change in the city and strategies for adapting to such change.

Karsen Koah, City Charter High School Senior develops strong communication skills while  helping  people learn about climate change in a cool way.

According to the Museum’s program development coordinator Mandi Lyon, “CUSP tabletop activities are hands-on interactive experiences that pull people into thinking about and having conversations about solutions to climate change problems in their area.” Karsen helped out in a unique way, making exhibits more relevant to a younger audience. Karsen recalls, “I created mind maps (a skill she picked up at City High) that show air quality and the relationship to climate change in Pittsburgh. After I finished that I started working on a video project that also helps people learn about climate change in a cool way.”

Karsen’s work on the Air Pollution Plinko game and video helped her to examine how people of different age groups learn and take in new information all while developing her communication skills.

Karsen’s passion morphed from the study of nature to human nature and she will attend the University of Pittsburgh—Johnstown in the fall for  Psychology. Karsen has also taken something else from her internship at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (besides work experience and a clearer course for her future). She also got a glimpse behind the scenes at the museum where the rare bones are kept, including skulls, tusks and mammoth dinosaur bones. “It’s something I’ll never forget,” she says “and working with all these lovely people at the museum shaped me to become more of a leader and to not be afraid to speak out in a group and share my ideas. No idea is a stupid idea!”

Karsen Koah not only demonstrated but helped to create and maintain a unique game Air Pollution Plinko that would prompt people into thoughtful discussion on air quality.

One of Karsen’s mentors at the Museum, Laurie Giarratani, sums up the internship best, “We consider ourselves a place for learning. It’s also a place for high school students to get some job experience.  And for us to have a chance to gain some high-schooler’s perspective on our team.  That’s just really valuable.” So everybody wins.

Karsen agrees, “Communication was one of the skills I got from my internship experience, I was constantly working with people. Flexibility is another skill because when you try and work on something and it needs revisions, you have to be flexible and make those changes when needed.  Time management is another skill that has strengthened for me because you need it so you can get the things that you need to get done on time.”

According to Lindsey Scherloum, Museum Educator and Karsen’s mentor, “We love working with City High. We’ve been so impressed with how well connected it is to the student’s curriculum.”

In addition to her internship, Karsen took a summer class at CCAC in psychology. As she did research toward her senior project exploring the motivation of serial killers, her interest in psychology kept growing. “I wanted to know why criminals do what they do,” she revealed. “So my grad project had a huge role as well in the career direction I am taking.”

About the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Considered one of the top five natural history museums in the country, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History gained prominence in 1899 when its scientists unearthed the fossils of Diplodocus carnegii, one of the largest dinosaurs every exhibited. Today the Museum’s dinosaur collection includes the world’s largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs and its Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition offers the third largest collection of mounted, displayed dinosaurs in the US.

But natural history is more than dinosaurs. So as the Museum evolves for modern times, other contemporary issues facing the planet are on display.

“Our Education Department is responsible for a range of facilitated programs here at the museum, including school programs and partnerships, developing educational opportunities (grant-funded partnerships) plus field trips and summer camps for kids,” according to Mandi Lyon, program development coordinator. “We also have a number of learning research partnerships where we work with leading scientists from the University of Pittsburgh. We’re doing experimental projects to explore how people learn. We have a project that’s focused on climate change education (CUSP). We have another that is looking at the skills needed to explore nature and what does it mean to be a naturalist in the 21st century. We are probing what are the innovative ways we can engage people.”

To learn more about the CUSP project, click here

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White Papers: A Workforce Culture program designed based on suggestions from local businesses, companies and universities

Creating the City High Student Profile

City Highʼs co-founders Rick Wertheimer and Mario Zinga started designing the school by creating a profile of the kind of graduate they wanted to produce. During the planning phase, they visited a range of companies and universities to ask them directly, “What are you looking for?” The answer, Wertheimer recalls, “was the same whether you were talking to the physics department at Carnegie Mellon University or the manager of the McDonald’s on the corner: they need to be here on time, responsible in doing their work, work well with others, have good communication skills, and it would be great if they were problem solvers.”

Jessie Foley with mentor Dr. Brandon Lucia—The Abstract Research Lab in Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Jessie’s first task was to develop software that would run on the experimental hardware, which required Jessie to independently learn a new development tool chain. Achieving this goal involved a lot of independent learning and discovery. The ability to find resources and learn independently was one of the things that made Jessie so successful during his internship.
Read More about Jessie Foley’s internship with The Abstract Research Lab in Carnegie Mellon University

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Best Practices—Workforce Culture

From the student’s perspective (Graduating Senior)…

The internship helps you decide what you really want to do, what it is actually like. For me, it confirmed my career choice, but for some of my friends they saw it wasnʼt what they thought at all. The best thing for me was, they treated me like an adult. They acted like I was one of them, like I knew what to do, and I actually did! They helped me, but I was a real employee.

From the teacher’s perspective…

When they come in they all say ʻ“must go to college,” but they have no idea why. We want them thinking about why. What do they want to do and what education is required for that. We have a lot of conversations about what is realistic. We talk a lot about alignment. You never say you canʼt and you wonʼt even if you think it is a long shot but you focus concretely on what is that realistic first step out of high school that is aligned with that goal. We have learned that you have to help them stress test the scenarios against the never-ending stream of life problems that come up. We want them to come out of here with a plan that is realistic and resilient.

Preparing students to succeed in their post high-school paths.
9th Grade

  • What does a professional person look like; act, dress, and speak like?
  • What careers are each student interested in?
  • What is a resume and cover letter?
  • What is a transcript, what is a GPA, and how do they relate to college?

10th Grade

  • Resume & Cover Letter writing.
  • Mock interviews—As the employee and as the employer.

11th Grade

  • Research and plan all post-high school goals including; 2-year and 4-year colleges, military, apprenticeship or employment.
  • 130 Hour required  internship in the community

For more of City High’s Best Practices please visit our research page: cityhigh.org/research/

Workforce Culture • Copyright 2011, City Charter High School, All Rights Reserved

 

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Once again, internship mentors have a life-changing effect on a City High student.

 
City High’s SaKyah Harris with mentor Kristina Hout, Programs Manager at the Humane Society poses for a photo in the operating room where Sakyah was able to observe surgeries performed by the Humane Society veterinarian.

Many people believe that a pet can make a person’s life healthier and happier. In the case of SaKyah Harris, a City High senior, this is so true!

Through her work with hundreds of animals as an intern at the Western PA Humane Society (now merged with the Animal Rescue League), SaKyah began to learn that her passion for animals could be the basis for a career. That’s because when she graduates, she plans to pursue a degree in pre-vet medicine. In many respects, this positive direction comes down to the perceptive career counseling City High offers. Helping all students explore their life’s direction is key to the program. It helps them decide if they really want to commit to a particular field early on in the process and explore various avenues to that end.

 
SaKyah Harris: By 10th grade, it all clicked.
“I thought, this is a good school – because they give us
laptops and they teach a lot of new things I never
got exposed to. They teach us how to
dress professionally to go into the real world.”

As a City High Charter School student, SaKyah entered freshman year with no real love for school (It was all about the free laptop for her!). But eventually she came to see herself as a real student… even one who would someday go to college. In many respects, it was her internship experience that made all the difference.

“I’m going to college,” reveals SaKyah. But it wasn’t always so. “I hated it the first day. I didn’t want to be there. Didn’t like the clothes [business casual is a requirement]. How they taught was different and even what topics they talked about. I was not used to reading articles or the news or typing into a computer and using technology to learn,” she admits.

But she hung in there.  And by 10th grade, it all clicked. “I thought, this is a good school – because they give us laptops and they teach a lot of new things I never got exposed to. They teach us how to dress professionally to go into the real world.” But it was her senior year internship that sealed the deal.  According to her mentor Kristina Hout, Programs Manager at the Humane Society, “Veterinarian medicine has long been a career interest for SaKyah. She was fortunate to spend time in both the animal care program and the health clinic. She grew her already-strong animal handling and care skills. She is incredibly observant, poised, self-confident and charismatic.”

She also notes that SaKyah’s calm and balanced personality is especially beneficial in this field. SaKyah has already been accepted into Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California University, Penn State Greater Allegheny and the Community College of Allegheny County and is waiting to hear back from several more. So as this promising young lady explores her college options, these traits will come in handy.

During her internship, SaKyah earned an impressive 176 hours (actually she spent over 200 hours because she loved caring for animals so much). Not only did she walk dogs and clean kennels, she also filled out medical sheets, checked on appointments, filed and alphabetized medical records and worked in every part of the facility. She observed surgeries and even learned to draw vaccines. What’s more, SaKyah created a PET Pantry location guide (a database of all food centers within a 2-hour drive) to help those who can’t afford pet food.

For SaKyah Harris, this internship was a dream internship because she loved to care for animals. It was also extra special as the Humane Society only offers internships to college or vet-tech medicine students performing their clinical hours. City High is the only high school participating in this program, and with good reason.  According to the Humane Society’s Kristina Hout, “City High career planning is like a well-oiled machine. The students are very mature and career-focused. They have great perspective about how this internship is going to fit into the rest of their life.” In SaKyah’s case, the internship confirmed her career choice and will lead her to college. And that’s pretty life changing.

About the Humane Society and Animal Rescue League

 

The Western PA Humane Society has been helping people and their pets in Western Pennsylvania since 1874. As an open door shelter, it provides the most comprehensive, compassionate and humane services to enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community; to educate and to prevent the cruelty of all animals.

Combining forces with the Animal Rescue League means even more extended community reach, serving more animals and saving more animals. Together these great animal welfare organizations provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected, and injured animals brought to us by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them, and to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation.

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Ten days of culturally immersed service learning not only teaches students about Costa Rica, but themselves.

City High Service Learning Students team up with teachers and local residence to pave an alleyway, paint a water tank and dig up a pipeline for repair.

City High student hauls hand mixed cement as part of the assembly line to pave an alleyway in La Carpio

La Carpio

We arrived in La Carpio around nine a.m. for day two of our service work in the small community. We were met by friendly greetings from those we were assisting with the paving of an alleyway. Upon putting our bags down, we immediately jumped into action to start shoveling the gravel/sand mix, transporting the buckets full of the mix to the mixer, dumping water, the gravel/sand, and a bag of cement into the mixer, and then using wheelbarrows to move the completed mixture onto the soon-to-be paved alley. The sight was something of an assembly line where each person had a job to fulfill at a certain time, and everything moved seamlessly.

It was quite enjoyable, actually, to watch the progress we were making on a project we had just started the day before. To know that we — students who all had our own cliques and little to no interactions before this trip — were capable of cooperation to the best of our abilities. Despite the heat and dust particles, the completion of the alley and the smiles it produced made the strenuous work all the more worthwhile. I can certainly say that the warm salutations we received from various members of the community, even those not around during our work, has made our time in La Carpio an unforgettable experience. And, the mini party thrown by our hosts had been all the more sweet after a day in the sun.
– by Destiny T.


City High’s students make paving progress in the little town of La Caprio.

La Carpio

La Caprio is a shanty town outside of San Jose. It was built on top of a garbage dump that people moved there to find a better life. Even though La Carpio is seen as a very bad and dangerous community, they are trying to show people that it is good. We are paving the roads, because without paved roads in front of people’s houses they will not be able to own their homes. We are doing something that will change their lives.

– by Jasmine S.


Uncovering the pipes to be replaced in the Rainforest

Painting community water tank in Quebrada Royal

Green house work in the Rain Forest

When work was finished City High students enjoyed the sites of Costa Rica, zip lining, the Poás Volcano and so much more!

Find out how they conquered their fears Visit City High’s Class of 2018 Service learning trip blog at http://costaricachs2017.blogspot.com/p/trip.html

Service Work in Rainforest – by Krysta E.

Our first full day in the rainforest was dedicated to service work. As a team we split up into 2 groups because there were two different jobs that needed to be done. 12 students went to replace water pipelines. The other 8 students made cement to lay their compost on. I personally was with the students who replaced the water pipe line. I think the work in the rainforest was harder than La Carpio because of the humidity. There was also no shade where I was working, while in La Carpio there was a lot more shade but we were still able to work.

When we arrived at the worksite, I just saw a road with clay/dirt mixture along the right. As a team were told to dig up the dirt and clay to find the pipeline. We had to be very careful not to break the pipeline because water would come flying out and turn the dirt to mud and make the job harder to move the dirt. Once we found the pipeline, we had to follow it and dig until the end.

Our friend Jaido who was using the pickaxe broke the pipeline and water came flying out. This then made it harder for the people working on that part because the dirt became really heavy and hard to move. Once we were able to see the pipeline all the water with room underneath it. It was cut and replaced with a new one. Blue cement glue was used to stick them together. As this point everyone was very tired but we had one more thing to do and that was to cover the pipes with the dirt and clay we just dug up. We didn’t take very long but it felt like a couple of hours. We cleaned the tools and headed towards Miguel’s farm to enjoy the rest of the day.

Our second day in the rainforest was also dedicated to service work. The students that worked with the water pipelines were going to paint today. The students that worked with the cement were told to work at the green house. The teachers needed two students from the pipe line group to move to the greenhouse so both groups were even. Destiny and I volunteered to stay even though we both wanted to paint. Our task for the day was to take dirt from behind the greenhouse and wheelbarrow it into the greenhouse. They needed dirt inside the greenhouse so they plant crops inside for the community. After this job we headed back to our cabins to get ready for soccer with the Costa Ricans later!

The hike into the Rain Forest afforded amazing vistas.

 

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Alumni Reunion Class of 2008, 2012 and 2016

We are pleased to invite you to our Classes of 2008, 2012, and 2016 Reunion!

June 16th, 2017
1:00pm—4:00pm
At City Charter High School
201 Stanwix Street,Pgh PA 15222

This event is FREE for graduates of the Classes of 2008, 2012 and 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
We will have lunch, networking, alumni speakers and of course, lots of time to catch up and maybe even watch some end of year slideshows from your time at City High.

To RSVP you must complete this FORM.

Please RSVP by June 6th. The event will be held on June 16th.

Please forward this to anyone from your graduating class who might not be in our system. Also feel free to share this on social media!

As always, please email me with any questions!

Antonietta Riley • riley@cityhigh.org
Transition Manager & Alumni Coordinator
City Charter High School
201 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh PA 15222

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City High’s Nutritional Investment

When City High moved to its new home in the historical Bell Telephone Building in 2012 it only seemed fitting to go “old school” when providing their students with fresh made and affordable choices.

City High's Nutritional Food Service Staff

City High’s Nutritional Food Service Staff From L to R: Michael Gasbarre—Sous Chef, Rich Dyer—Chef and Food Service Manager, Denise Provident —Food Service-Cafeteria Manager, and Lemona Wrencher-Strong—Food Service

Rick Wertheimer, one of City High’s co-founders and the administration knew good nutrition was just another piece of the education puzzle. The new kitchen created a great way to stay in budget, offer fresh made foods to their students, and ultimately aid in higher academic performance. 

Together with PMC Property Group, an architect, and a person who specialized in commercial kitchen planning, City High designed a custom kitchen build-out. The new commercial kitchen allowed their staff with Chef Rich Dyer to create homemade dishes that were both appetizing and affordable while meeting both the State and National School Lunch Program’s (NSLP) strict requirements.

 

Chef Dyer prepares nutritionally balanced hot entree for students—Stir Fried Rice with Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Embracing NSLP

With the state and NSLP strict nutritional guidelines, and with City High having over 68% (as of 2017) of their students receiving assistance or free lunches, students were required to follow minimum average of fruits, vegetables, proteins, milk and whole grains incorporated into their lunch over each week.

The daily menu of fresh made hot soups, grab and go meals, salads, wraps and hot entrée components are broken down for each week and submitted to NSLP for approval. The challenge of the new state guidelines meant “…we had to find that middle ground that makes the state, kids and parents happy.” “Creating nutritional dishes that kids would eat was the goal,” “…I’d rather have them fed then throwing things away.” Said Chef Richard Dyer. Equally important City High was now able to provide great and enjoyable choices at an affordable price.

Sous Chef, Michael Gasbarre packages just baked breadsticks with mozzarella for arriving students
Food Service-Cafeteria Manager, Denise Provident creates grab-n-go salad choices

Beyond Tater Tots

Students of the old Clark Building location missed their tater tots from an outside Meal Service System. According to Denise Provident, Cafeteria Manager and veteran of the of the food service staff, “…they were a little leery…especially with the new NSLP nutritional regiment…but they loved the choices.” By the end of the first trimester the broader exposure of new foods and solid nutrition had slowly changed students eating habits and favorites were replaced. The big sellers: Roast Beef with Au Jus Dip, Cranberry Chicken Salad, Stir Fried Rice with Sweet and Sour Chicken, Fall Pasta with Rotini and Sausage, Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Gravy over Biscuit, or Steak Salad with a Pittsburgh twist—topped with French Fries and Smoky Tomato Dressing, all from scratch, and then here is the classic Homemade Hand-Rolled Pizza, “This is quite the task when you’re making 33 full sheet trays of pizza, but the students love it.” said Chef Dyer.

Lemona Wrencher-Strong—Food Service

The School Breakfast Program

With a statewide focus to increase nutritional breakfasts for students, City High had around 20-30 students choosing their school cafeteria over the nearby fast food places. After changing things up a bit with daily cartoons and annual trimester gift card raffles and hot option every day and of course assorted breakfast sandwiches, City High now serves around 70 students daily. For a high school in an urban setting, 70 kids is big breakfast attendance!

City High also provides a special hot served breakfast two days a week where Sous-chef; Michael Gasbarre will serve pancakes and sausage links with southern breakfast potatoes and eggs, but they also have choices of whole grain grab-n-go options like cereal, bagels and donuts as well.

Quiet Dining

Students are also given the choice to eat in the main dining hall or they can choose Quite Dining. This gives students who would like to do homework a more peaceful eating setting.

Breaking Bread

Each month after early dismissals the Food Service staff prepares a themed lunch for the staff. The original two founders felt that breaking bread together was important in building comradery and giving everyone the opportunity to share.

They also prepare food for the board meetings as well special events such as Literacy Night. Literacy Night celebrates reading with a giant themed dinner with menu entrees such as Stone Soup, Green Eggs and Ham, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs—it was a hit bringing the community with small children together. Students could later tour the school leaving with a donated care package of books generously donated by the Carnegie Library.

Making the Grade

Responding parents and students give City High food program an A+ on City High’s Niche school profile, but according to the Food Service team the credit goes to the administration who is behind the program 100%, and committed to fresh sound nutrition for their students.

https://www.niche.com/k12/city-charter-high-school-pittsburgh-pa/http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Food-Nutrition/Pages/School-Nutrition-Program.aspx#tab-1

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The Historic Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania is home to City High

The historical 12-story “Modern Movement” building now Co-Exists as a luxury Apartment and a High School immersed in the downtown professional world.

Purchased from the Equitable Life Assurance Society, 201 Stanwix Street would become the home of the The Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania Building.

Construction began September 27, 1956 and was completed in 1957. The Bell Telephone Building was part of the Renaissance 1 urban renewal program to renovate the Point into a mid-century modernist office district. The new buildings in the Renaissance 1 renewal program would replace run-down commercial buildings and a one-time population of rail freight houses.

Designed by Press C. and William C. Dowler, The Bell Telephone Building was designed with an aluminum curtain walls and steel frame design “constructed into the side walk”. The exterior is covered with a red granite base cladding, including a main entrance of red granite pillars and flowerbeds that establish the front entrance. From the base to the second floor are large blocks of grey granite that house window systems of three, decorated with a wide strip of pink ceramic tiles that breaks up the tall windows with alternating panels of grey granite on either side. Spaced around the base of the exterior granite are modern round lamps with a modern design that is repeated into the interior of the building. Upward a modern aluminum design is alternated with windows.

Inside the walls are paneled in granite with suspended modern propel like acoustic insets ceiling tiles and terrazzo floors. Upstairs floors elevators  are separated by vintage inset aluminum mail chutes.

Costing $8.5 million the Bell Telephone Building of Pennsylvania ‘showcases the historical investor’. A granite relief map of Pennsylvania depicting a historical scene and an “inset spinning globe and clock which was installed as a tribute to the global reach of the Bell Telephone system”.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 2011.

In 2012 City Charter High School found its new home in the historical Bell Telephone Building coexisting in a modern format with the luxury apartments in the front and City High students in the back. City High students are proud to be immersed in the business setting of the Pittsburgh Community, with many continuing in Pittsburgh for college life and employment.

Photo Credits: Allegheny Conference on Community Development Photographs, Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Sources: http://images.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/i/image/image-idx?rgn1=ic_all;op2=And;rgn2=ic_all;xc=1;g=imls;sort=dc_da;q2=stanwix;size=20;c=hpichswp;c=hpicphlf;back=back1487045606;subview=detail;resnum=32;view=entry;lastview=thumbnail;cc=hpichswp;entryid=x-msp285.b006.f19.i02;viewid=ACCD0477.TIF

http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/portal/communities/pa-suburbs/files/Allegh_Bell_Telephone_156329.pdf

Fitzpatrick, Dan . “The story of urban renewal.” Post-Gazette. N.p., n.d. Web. http://old.post-gazette.com/businessnews/20000521eastliberty1.asp.

 

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City High’s Alumni Spotlights & Update!

City High is proud to share their alumni success paths and stories with the incoming class, prospective parents and the community, which is an integral part of City Charter High School.

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