Beyond The Quad


Tuesday, Nov. 27 is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Your gift to Shady Side will bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of maintaining our legacy of academic excellence. Through the hustle and bustle of the season, we hope that you will consider a gift to Shady Side on #GivingTuesday. 


Join us for our annual Pittsburgh alumni holiday event!

Jingle & Mingle

Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m.

Nova Placy/Alloy 26

100 South Commons, Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Guests must be 21 or older.

To RSVP, contact Lisa Page at 

Alumni Connections

by Joe Safier '68

Living in Los Angeles, I don't expect to see many fellow Shady Side alums. However, wearing one of my collection of SSA baseball caps has resulted in two recent unexpected encounters.


Standing in the checkout line of one local Trader Joe's, I was approached by a young man who asked whether the SSA on my cap was Shady Side Academy. Turns out it was Gregor (Rory) Cosgrove '07, who is a writer and actor in the area. We had an enjoyable conversation about our alma mater and, of course the Steelers, and exchanged contact information. When I received an invitation for the recent Los Angeles alumni reception from Interim President Amy Nixon, I passed it on to Rory, who was able to attend.


During another outing, my wife, Fern, "encouraged" me to get a new pair of shoes at Nordstrom.  While there she stopped a young man wearing a Pittsburgh T-shirt and said, "You need to meet my husband." When I showed up wearing my SSA baseball cap, the connection with Arvind Krishnan, '99 was immediate, and he was able to join us all for the Los Angeles alumni reception as well.


It's remarkable who you meet wearing your SSA gear!

Joe Safier '68


China Visit


Amy Nixon, Katie Mihm and Ali Saras traveled to Beijing and Changsha to visit with partner schools and meet with current parents of SSA boarding students from China. Read more about the visit. 

Los Angeles Event


Thank you to those who attended the Shady Side Academy Los Angeles Alumni gathering on Thursday, October 25th at Above SIXTY Rooftop. View photos of the event

Alumni News

Choir, Alumni Speaker Highlight Senior School Veterans Day Assembly
The Chamber Choir performed, and retired Navy Capt. Byron King '73 spoke.

Lisa Scales '78 Wins 2018 Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Award
Alumna, who is president and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, was recognized for professional excellence, community contributions and mentorship of other women.

SSA Football Coach Chuck DiNardo '00 Named Steelers High School Coach of the Week
DiNardo won the honor for SSA's Week 3 victory over Steel Valley and will be recognized on the field at the Steelers' Oct. 7 home game.

Academy News

SSA defeated Quaker Valley, 2-1, in penalty kicks to win the WPIAL Class 2A Championship, on Saturday, Nov. 3.

SSA defeated Ellis, 1-0, to win the Class 1A title and advance to the PIAA tournament.

Students in New Summer Science Research Seminar Present Their Work
Five seniors who took a new advanced research course last year and completed intensive summer internships presented their work on Sept. 26.

Shady Side Academy Names Bartley Griffith Jr. '93 Next President
Griffith, an alumnus and longtime member of the Academy's Board of Visitors, will begin his term on July 1, 2019.

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