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Schenley High School in Oakland was shuttered in 2008 when Pittsburgh Public Schools could not keep up with its maintenance.
Schenley High School, built in 1916 in Oakland, was “one of the most modern educational structures in the world,” according to the dedication issue of the Schenley Journal.
A sign protesting Pittsburgh Public Schools’ pending sale of Schenley High School lays in the doorway of the school’s main entrance, no longer visible from the street.
Alumni have protested for years over Pittsburgh Public Schools’ plan to sell off the historic Schenley High School.
Pittsburgh Public Schools is looking at four developers interested in purchasing the former Schenley High School.
Paint and plaster on the walls of the first floor hallway in Schenley High School are peeling away. The school has been vacant for about five years.
School district officials say the school couldn’t keep up with the maintenance of Schenley High School after new windows were installed. The theory is that the new windows made the building too air tight, trapping moisture and humidity in the walls and causing the plaster to begin to fall away.
The ceiling of the grand, historic and massive Schenley High School is pockmarked with missing tiles and water stains.
Tiles continue to fall from the 14-foot ceilings at Schenley High School, which has been vacant for about five years.
The ceiling of the grand, historic and massive Schenley High School is pockmarked with missing tiles and water stains.
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The ceiling of the grand, historic and massive Schenley High School is pockmocked with missing tiles and water stains.
The Schenley High School cafeteria still contains remnants of the days when it was full of students.
Artwork on pillars in the hallway near the Schenley High School cafeteria are reminders of the school’s past.
Artwork on pillars in the hallway near the Schenley High School cafeteria are reminders of the school’s past.
Artwork on pillars in the hallway near the Schenley High School cafeteria are reminders of the school’s past.
Without students in the building to warrant turning on the school’s mechanical systems and the air circulation that comes with their activity, the building has deteriorated quickly in the five years it has been vacant.
Without students in the building to warrant turning on the school’s mechanical systems and the air circulation that comes with their activity, the building has deteriorated quickly in the five years it has been vacant.
Without students in the building to warrant turning on the school’s mechanical systems and the air circulation that comes with their activity, the building has deteriorated quickly in the five years it has been vacant.
Without students in the building to warrant turning on the school’s mechanical systems and the air circulation that comes with their activity, the building has deteriorated quickly in the five years it has been vacant.
Even the athletic addition of Schenley High School, built in 1986, is showing signs of damage.
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Even the athletic addition of Schenley High School, built in 1986, is showing signs of damage.
Jerry Tullius, real estate asset manager for Fourth River Development LLC, the firm overseeing the sale of Schenley High School, stands on a two-foot high bump that has materialized in the gymnasium floor.
The two-foot-high bump in the gymnasium floor of Schenley High School was first noticed by custodians last fall. They speculate that stormwater backing up in the swimming pool underneath the gym might be causing moisture to build.
The two-foot-high bump in the gymnasium floor of Schenley High School was first noticed by custodians last fall. They speculate that stormwater backing up in the swimming pool underneath the gym might be causing moisture to build.
Debris has fallen from skylights in the Schenley High School gymnasium, landing underneath a 2006-2007 poster for the Schenley Spartans basketball team, which urges “We must protect our house.”
On the ground floor of Schenley High School, water fills about three feet of the swimming pool’s deep end — water that isn’t supposed to be there. Custodians say it is storm water that has seeped into the building.
The G54 classroom on the first floor of Schenley High School displays one of the last lessons and homework assignments.
Students’ projects highlighting the difference between social and economic classes are still displayed on a bulletin board in classroom G54 on the first floor of Schenley High School.
Students’ projects highlighting the difference between social and economic classes are still displayed on a bulletin board in classroom G54 on the first floor of Schenley High School.
The auditorium is part of the original 1916 structure and was built to be in a central location. “The acoustics of the room are nearly perfect,” according to the 1916 Schenley Journal.
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Originally equipped with “comfortable opera chairs,” the Schenley High School auditorium was built to seat 1,600 while the stage sat 200.
Peeling paint and falling plaster are also evident in Schenley High School’s auditorium.
Peeling paint and falling plaster are also evident in Schenley High School’s auditorium.
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Schenley High School, built in 1916 in Oakland, was “one of the most modern educational structures in the world,” according to the dedication issue of the Schenley Journal.
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