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  • 1501 Bedford Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Category: Landmarks
  • Sub-Category: African American History Guide
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Old Central High School Site/Connelley Skill Center

Brief History

Opened in 1931 as a boys' high school and vocational school for whites and blacks, this school was especially beneficial to blacks, who did not have other similar educational options. It was one of the few of its kind for blacks in Allegheny County during the 1930s and 1940s. Dr. John Glasgow Turfley, Allegheny County's first registered black doctor, was among the first black graduates of Old Central High School. The school now offers other educational services.

Condition/Architectural Notes

Large Art Deco brick building with classical overtones (1920, 1939)