Entry into Sci-Tech’s swim pool


Building outside of school

Looking at PPS Sci-Tech from Forbes Ave in Oakland.

Pittsburgh Public Schools Sci-Tech is a city-wide magnet that serves grades 6 to 12 and is the former Frick Middle School.

* http://discoverpps.org/scitech


The swim pool is 3-lanes wide and 25-yards long. It is located next to the gym on the bottom floor and below the cafeteria / auditorium.


Pitt's Cathedral

Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning is a focal point of the campus. Sci-Tech is about 4 blocks from this major city landmark.

Sci-Tech is in the heart of Oakland and Pitt right off of Fifth Avenue, the one-way, main street that heads to Downtown. It is across the street from Pitt’s three dorm towers, next to a church and close to where the former Childrens’ Hospital location.

The one-way driving trick: Both of the side streets on either side of Sci-Tech, Thackeray and N. Bouquet Streets, are ONE WAY in the same direction, going down the hill onto Fifth Ave. So, to drive into the parking lot, one must go around the block from above from O’Hara Street and then drive down to the school.

Bus sign and Pitt Towers

Take the bus to and from Sci Tech. Pitt dorms are across the street.


In the day, while the faculty is present, it is hard to find a spot in the parking lot. In the evenings, nights and weekends, there is plenty of free parking.

PAT (bus) Transit

Building Doors

door of Sci-Tech

Front door of Sci-Tech. Do not use this door to enter the swim pool in times when the school is NOT in session.

For a swim practice in the evening, weekends and on holidays, do not use the front door. Enter the building from the door in the parking lot that is closer to the swim pool and to the right of the tall smoke-stack.

parking lot and school doors

Sci-Tech Parking Lot. The doors to the swim pool for entry on non-school day times is to the right of the tall smoke-stack.

Use these doors to enter the Sci-Tech swim pool.

Inside and to the swim pool

After entering the basement doors off of the parking lot, finding the swim pool is easy.


The swim pool is near the gym, in the lower level.

Hallway leads to the pool. Right side door goes to the women’s lockers and left side goes to the men’s lockers.

Locker area is used only for the swim pool.

Pool is 25-yards long and three lanes wide with deep end and starting blocks and shallow end too.

The pool is a nice venue for SKWIM games and practices. Coach Picciafoco is a retired physical education teacher and long-time coach at Frick and then at Obama. The teams back in the day had a dynasty of devoted swimmers, always winning the city league and often beating the combined score from all the other schools.

The students at Sci-Tech have their own swim team for the middle-school grades, 6, 7 and 8. When the Sci-Tech students are in the high school grades ( 9, 10, 11 and 12) they join with the athletes at Obama Academy. The Obama Varsity swim teams have students from Sci-Tech, U-Prep and Obama, as well as some home-school families if they reside in the U-Prep feeder pattern.

Dr. K has been the head coach of the Sci-Tech middle school swim teams since 2015.

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