Through its long history, the high school has been named and renamed and nicknamed several times over. When the current high school was completed in 1961, the School Board named it McKeesport Senior High School but from 1984 until now, it has been known as McKeesport Area High School.
In 2003-2004, new additions to the high school building provided room for five vocational/technical classes creating a comprehensive high school that offers its entire academic and vocational/technical curriculum under one roof.
Highlights included a modern Tiger Inn restaurant for the culinary arts program, new cosmetology labs, an expanded graphic occupations department, modern office areas for the vocational/technical program, and an expanded physical fitness area, along with, much needed, additional classroom space. Upgrades were also made to the Weigle-Schaeffer Tiger Stadium that features new restroom facilities to the visitor side of the field, a new artificial grass field, and an updated all weather track that includes specialized areas to conduct field events.
The school often hosts community events.
The school is open weekdays starting at 7:00 a.m. during the school year. Other hours vary per event.
The school has its own parking facilities.