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The neighborhood of Hays is located in the southeast corner of the city, and is named after former Mayor William B. Hayes, who served Pittsburgh from 1903-1906.

Hays was formerly the site of an ammunition plant built by the U.S. Navy in 1942, and during its heyday - between World War II and the Vietnam War - employed more than 1,000 people. No longer in operation, the site was donated to the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh in 1993.

The neighborhood is home to the largest undeveloped parcel of land in the City, Hays Woods, which is a 635+ acre woodland tract.

Hays is a stable community where many families have lived for generations. It is convenient to both Downtown and the Waterfront shopping area in Homestead, but provides the feeling of rural living in the city - so much so, you may forget that you are living in one of America's most vibrant urban centers.


Families in Hays enjoy a variety of educational options. The Pittsburgh Public School District - which was recently named one of the Country's Top Ten Large Urban Districts by - offers a mix of neighborhood schools and specialized magnet choices in or near Hays, including:
  • Pittsburgh Mifflin PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Allderdice 9-12
Please visit the Pittsburgh Public Schools website for more information.
If you are interested in private, parochial, or charter school options, please visit the "Education" section of our resource page for links.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest and most respected public library systems in the country. Established by Andrew Carnegie as a public trust in 1895, CLP has 19 locations throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Neighbors in Hays enjoy these branches:
  • Hazelwood Library
For more information about the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, visit their website.

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