WELCOME TO GATEWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT'S
MEDIA RELATIONS ROOM
This page is designed to provide the media with information about the Gateway School District including updates, data, history, contacts, and procedures.
The Gateway School District is a public school system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which serves the communities of Monroeville and Pitcairn. With approximately 3,600 students in 7 schools, students in grades K-12 are educated by a staff of 600. The School District operates on a $64.2 million budget and is governed by a nine-member, publicly elected Board of School Directors. The District provides transportation for its students through the contracted bus services of First Student Bus Company. The school mascot is the Gateway Gator and the school colors are black and gold.
Before 1948, Monroeville students could choose to attend nearby schools on a tuition basis. In the mid 1950's, the districts joined and began making plans for a new senior high school. Official action began February 1956, breaking ground in January 1957.
The joint School Board selected the name of GatewaySenior High School. By September 1958, 900 students from Monroeville and Pitcairn were occupying the new high school.
The first graduating class of 196 students received their diplomas in June 1959. For the next 25 years, grades 10-11-12 would attend school in the high school. 1983 marked the beginning of a new era at Gateway. Ninth grade was moved to the high school, SouthJunior High School became the Gateway Upper Elementary (5-6), and MonroevilleJunior High School became GatewayJunior High School (7-8). Eleven years later, in 1994, Gateway Upper Elementary became the Moss Side Middle School (5-6), and Gateway Junior High School became Gateway Middle School (7-8). In 2009, the Moss Side Elementary School was renamed the Dr. Cleveland Steward, Jr. Elementary School in honor of the Superintendent. In 2011, Pitcairn Elementary School was closed.
Today, the Gateway School District, under the governance of a publicly elected, nine member Board of School Directors, is an award-winning public school district in Monroeville, Pennsylvania which was selected by SchoolMatters in 2007-2011 as a What Parents Want school district.. Gateway employs more than 600 staff members to serve more than 3,600 students in Monroeville and Pitcairn.
All students in the district attend Gateway High School for grades nine through twelve, Gateway Middle School for grades seven and eight, and Moss Side Middle School for grades five and six.
Depending on the location of a resident’s home, students in kindergarten through grade four attend one of four elementary schools which include Evergreen Elementary, Dr. Cleveland Steward Jr. Elementary, Ramsey Elementary, and University Park Elementary.
In 2007, the district completed its reconstruction and expansion of the Gateway High School complex. Upgrades to the High School included a state of the art Theater, a dance studio, a sports complex, and the Antimarino Stadium complete with artificial turf, new track and impressive press and visitors boxes.
Today, our eight schools provide an array of programming fit for every student’s education and growing needs.
All media inquiries should be directed to the District spokesperson:
Mrs. Cara A. Zanella
Director of Communications
412-973-7443 (Media Calls Only)
Email: Email czanella at Gateway
Media Protocol for School Visits:
The Gateway School District makes every attempt to work with the local, national, and international media to provide them with requested information. In order to make the media relations process work smoothly for everyone, we ask that our media representatives honor the following requests:
- Media representatives are asked to phone or email Mrs. Zanella when they are interested in an interview, obtaining photographs, or requesting information.
- Document information requests must go through the Right-to-Know Officer (see right column for procedures and forms).
- All interview requests mustgo through the Communications Office.
- The District DOES NOT permit student or staff interviews on its property unless otherwise authorized.
- Students being photographed must have prior parent permission before photographs or video can be taken in our schools.
- When visiting any of our facilities, media are asked to report to the office and secure a Visitor ID Badge.
- During any major crisis in our schools, a media center will be commissioned and media will be instructed on the location of this center via this web site.