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City of Bridges High School was founded with a set of beliefs about how we learn. We believe that people learn best through real experiences, meaningful work, and the application of knowledge and skills to actual projects and problems in our communities. City of Bridges High School was also founded with a set of beliefs about why we learn and what we hope to accomplish with our learning.  We are committed to action against hate and action to support empathy, justice, peace, compassion, and joy.  These beliefs come from a personal lineage that has led to the foundation of a memorial scholarship fund for City of Bridges High School. 


Nearly 70 years ago my grandfather, Rev. Dr. Gene Ebert Bartlett, shared the following wisdom with his oldest son, the Rev. Dr. David L. Bartlett:

“It is not a very easy or carefree generation into which you have come, David. Though all men in every country hate war and fear it, we are still killing each other as though there were nothing else to do. Hatreds we had not dreamed of have overrun us like floods. But, son, you must not run away from these things. You must do something…"

We still live in a world where all too often “Hatreds we had not dreamed of have overrun us like floods” and we “must not run away from these things, {We} must do something...”

We are inspired by the lives of those who came before us, those who fought for justice and joy. 

Gene Ebert Bartlett was born in West Virginia in 1910 and eventually became an American Baptist minister. He held pastorates across the country in Hilton, NY, Columbia, MO, Evanston Ill, Los Angeles, CA and Newton, MA. He eventually became the President of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Throughout his years of work and service, he fought for justice and equality, against segregation and injustice. He fought against war and for peace.


Jean Soule Kenyon Bartlett was born in 1917 in Hilton New York. She and Gene married and she served alongside him in his congregations around the country. She was always striving for justice and equality as well. Well into her 90s she could be found marching for and working for LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, racial justice, women’s equality and other justice work. Her unwavering commitment to the dignity of all human beings set an example that is the foundation of City of Bridges High School. She was an inspiration to all of her children and her grandchildren, including myself,  Dr. Randy Bartlett, the founder of City of Bridges High School.

City of Bridges is honoring the people who have inspired us to always strive for just, equitable and joyful futures. We honor the legacy of Gene and Jeannie by setting up a scholarship fund to ensure that every young person can have access to an education that not only prepares them for the work of the world but also prepares them to make the world a better place. 


The Gene Ebert Bartlett Jr. and Jean Soule Kenyon Bartlett Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to ensuring that any high school student can be a part of this learning community. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact:


Send a check made out to The Gene Ebert Bartlett Jr. and Jean Soule Kenyon Bartlett Memorial Scholarship Fund-City of Bridges High School, 716 East End Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15221

City of Bridges High School is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. City of Bridges shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. 

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