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  • PIAA District 7, WPIAL member
  • (412) 968-3000
  • Fax (412) 968-3003
  • Superintendent, Thomas N Southard
  • Principal, Jeremy Lacasse, email
  • Athletic Director = Eugene Deal



Shady Side's athletic team name is officially "The Indians". The name is not widely used, but attempts to change it have been thwarted by various alumni.[1] However, some claim that the school's nickname has some substance to it in Shady Side's case because Chief Guyasuta had his encampment on the site that now houses the senior school and no other high schools in the area are on grounds once occupied by Native Americans.[1]

In 1924, Shady Side Academy was a founding member of the Interstate Prep School League (IPSL) -- a league composed of Mid-West preparatory schools. The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL), which is the league in which local public schools compete and is part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), was founded in 1906 by Headmaster Jones of Allegheny Prep and W. R. Crabbe of Shady Side Academy, but Shady Side did not join until 1993. This membership allowed them to compete for regional and state championships against local schools. Since this, Shady Side has won seven state championships: two in boys' basketball, two in girls' golf, one in boys' swimming, one in girls' tennis, and one in boys' tennis, along with numerous WPIAL championships, in several sports including baseball, field hockey, tennis, swimming, football and golf. The Shady Side Girls' Tennis and Field Hockey Teams won the 2005, 2006, and 2007. WPIAL Championship titles for AAA and AA, respectively. The Girls' Tennis team went on to place second in the 2007 PIAA Championships and first in the 2008 PIAA Championships. Shady Side's Lauren Greco also won the PIAA and WPIAL AAA girls' tennis singles championships. In 2010, the boys swim team won the WPIAL championship for the 9th consecutive year (10th in 11 years). In addition, the wrestling team went on to place first in the PIAA Individual Championships of the 2007-2008 season, with both Dane Johnson placing first (his second time) and Roman San Doval placing first in the PIAA. They defended their state championship in wrestling with another championship in the 2008-2009 season, with Johnson winning his 3rd PIAA Championship and Matt Cunningham placing second in his weight class. Shady Side Academy wrestling is the first AA team in the WPIAL to have won the PIAA State Championship.

Several teams do not compete in the WPIAL. The ice hockey teams compete at the Division 1 Prep Level. The boys' team is a member of the Midwest Prep Hockey League and the girls' team competes in the Women's Ice Hockey League of the Mid- Atlantic. The boys' lacrosse team, which as of the 2009 season participates in the WPIAL's newly formed Lacrosse league, which won the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association championship in 2004 and were State Runners-Up in 2004, participates in the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Association as well as the previously mentioned WPSLA. The squash team also is a prep-level team, composed of top-rated junior players.

Shady Side Academy competes often with local schools, including Sewickley Academy, The Kiski School, Western Reserve Academy, Fox Chapel Area High School, University School, and The Ellis School.


  • Enrollment Figures from October 01, 2009
    • Total Enrollment = 371
      • Female Enrollment = 158
      • Male Enrollment = 213

Former students[]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Dunlap, Colin (2005-07-01). Template:Citation/make link. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05182/531459.stm. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
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