Arthur (Art) J. Rooney II (`70) was born the oldest of nine children to
Dan and Patricia Rooney. His grandfather and namesake, Arthur J. Rooney
Sr. founded the Pittsburgh Steelers football team in 1933, and Art began
as the team’s unofficial ballboy at the age of nine. As he grew out of his
ball-boy days, Rooney joined the class of `70 at Gilmour Academy.
Rooney has since continued his involvement in the Gilmour community. He served on the Board of Trustees and has been a guest speaker.
His family’s involvement infootball translated into his co-captaincy
of Gilmour’s football team his senior year in 1970. While at Gilmour, he was
also involved in debate, chess club, drama club, photography, the literary
magazine, ski club, weightlifting and writing for The Prep (yearbook) and
The Lance (newspaper).
After Gilmour, Rooney attended the University of Pittsburgh where
he received a B.A. in political science. He studied law at Duquesne University
and practiced law for 20 years before joining the family business.
Since Rooney has taken over the Steelers in 2002, they have made
five playoff appearances and won two Super Bowls in 2005 and 2009. The
Steelers continue as a Browns rival.