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Also known at Pgh Obama, Pittsburgh Obama, Obama High School, Obama, Obama Academy, Barack Obama Academy, Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12, Obama Academy of International Studies and I.B. World, formerly Frick Middle School, IB High, I.B. High, Obama Eagles, Obama Eagles High School, Obama Eagles Middle School Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, Pittsburgh IB and Schenley High School.

Background[]

Contacts[]

  • (412) 622-5980
  • FAX: (412) 622-5983
  • 515 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • Principal: Dr. Wayne Walters, to June 2017. 
  • Assistant Principal(s): Dr. Henry Benz, Ms. Joanne Mayfield, retired in spring of 2011.
  • Former address, while not very helpful on a GPS device: 129 Denniston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Mascot[]

Stitched Eagle Logo

Swim cap design

Eagle Head


Planned Growth throughout the years:[]

  • School grades of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, developed with yearly growth by grade.
    • in fall, 2008: grades 6. 7 and 8 were at Frick and grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 were at Schenley High School.
    • in fall, 2009: grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 located at Reizenstein. School name became official in December 2010.
    • in fall, 2010: grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 located at Reizenstein
    • in fall, 2011: grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 located at Reizenstein
    • in fall, 2012: grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 located at the Peabody building.

Insights[]

  • The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies (formerly Pittsburgh Frick / Pittsburgh IB) is an International Studies magnet school located in eastern Pittsburgh on Penn Avenue next to Mellon Park. The school grew into the grades each year and will become a school for grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
  • certifiied International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10).
  • Parents must apply for acceptance via the school district's magnet office.
  • Pittsburgh Obama 6-12 is committed to providing a quality education within a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. It is a full-school magnet where students who have completed the K-5 program in German, French and Spanish may continue their world languages studies. A Japanese course was available for students with no previous language study. Normal entry points are in Grades 6 and 9. Students who wish to enter in Grades 7, 8, 10 or 11 should contact the school at (412) 622-5980(1) and ask to speak to one of the counselors.


Student Body[]

Wiki chart of enrollment[]

Template Name Enrollment # source
/HS boys 267 max via PPS
/HS girls 267 max via PPS
/9+10+11 boys 110 via PIAA
/9+10+11 girls 148 via PIAA
/ideal combined 600 in HS via reformers
/ideal boys 300 in HS via reformers
/ideal girls 300 in HS via reformers

Ideal Enrollment[]

The aim for the school is to have 150 students per year/per class. So, 150 should be in the freshmen class, 150 in sophomore class, 150 juniors and 150 seniors. That gives a total of 600 students in the high school with 300 boys and 300 girls in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. For PIAA counting of only grades 9, 10 and 11, then figure 225 for boys and 225 for girls.


  • PIAA reports the Last Enrollment Date, Not Available
    • Total Enrollment = 258
      • Female Enrollment = 148
      • Male Enrollment = 110


Present[]

  • Class of 2012 is the first to graduate from Pgh Obama and as of October 2010, as juniors, there were 117 students in the school.


  • School enrollment for grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 as per a snapshot from PPS site on October 10, 2010:
Total Students: 742
African-American: 507 (68.33%)
American Indian: 0 (0.00%)
Asian: 18 (2.43%)
Hispanic: 11 (1.48%)
Multi-Racial: 35 (4.72%)
White: 171 (23.05%)
Male Students: 325 (43.80%)
Female Students: 417 (56.20%)


Charting enrollment at Pgh Obama:[]

Class Graduation Year As of October 2010 As of May 2010 As of September 2010 As of January 2010 As of Sept 2011 As of Sept 2012 Graduation Day
Class of 2012 117 [1] TBD ? ? ? ? ?
Class of 2013 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Class of 2014 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Class of 2015 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Class of 2016 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Class of 2017 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Class of 2018 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Past[]

Future[]

Pipeline and feeder pattern implications include:

Sports[]

Note coaches, team page links, class size per team, records and status reports, facilities used, possible classifications of PIAA and WPIAL, rivals.

Seasonal[]

Fall[]

Winter[]

  • Head shaving party for the middle school swimmers in January 2010.

Spring[]

  • Baseball = Edward Kocur (ekocur1@pghboe.net)
    • Baseball Asst = Robert Lingg (rlingg1@pghboe.net)
  • Softball = Jennifer Wagner (jwagner1@pghboe.net)
  • Boys Track and Field = Louis W. Berry Jr. (lberry1@pghboe.net)
  • Girls Track and Field = Nichole Berry (futurestarstc@aol.com)
  • Boys Volleyball = Pete Vitti
  • Water Polo = Mark Rauterkus

Summer[]

Year round[]

Coops[]

Activities[]

Intramurals[]

Music, Drama, Academics[]

Facilities[]

Front of school[]

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Sports Venues[]

Gym[]

Swim pool[]

Aux. Gym[]

Fields[]

Security[]

  • Cameras:

Auditorium[]

  • Seating:
  • Spaces:

In building surroundings[]

  • Locker areas:
  • Trainers:
  • Coaches:
  • AD:
  • Storage:
  • Classrooms:

Outside surroundings[]

  • Parking
  • Lighting

Walkable neighbors[]

  • Parks, fields, and other venues within a 20-minute walking distance for team and community use.

Building[]

  • Engineering reviews

Photos[]

Programs[]

Academics[]

  • Engineering magnet
  • Japanese is taught.

Community Based[]

Library[]

  • In school
  • Computer labs
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches:

Hallway with lockers in the school.

Links[]

Blogs[]

Media[]

Details[]

Traditions[]

  • Swimmers send two boy athletes to AAA State Championships in first year as Obama Academy. Swimmer Erik Rauterkus had been to the meet as a lone competitor as a freshmen and sophomore, but under the Schenley High School flag.

  • Erik Rauterkus, OBA, represented the school in March 2012, along with Tait Williams, at the State AAA Swim Championships in the 500 free.

Footnotes[]

  1. Conversation with faculty member
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