May 22, 2013

The final month: Germantown High pride from a four-generation GHS family

As the final day of Germantown High School's 99-year history approaches — the Class of '13 will don caps and gowns on June 19 — NewsWorks will present a series of stories including interviews with grads, former students and members of the extended school community.

Today, Doreen Bright shares what it means to her to have been part of the GHS Class of '74.

May 21, 2013

The final month: GHS volunteer says youths 'in utter state of confusion' as closing day looms

As the final day of Germantown High School's 99-year history approaches — the Class of '13 will don caps and gowns on June 19 — NewsWorks will present a series of stories including interviews with grads, former students and members of the extended school community.

Today, we hear from Joan Myerson Shrager, who works with GHS students through The Stained Glass Project. She took exception to a story in which Bill Cosby told NewsWorks that he agrees with the decision to close the school.

May 23, 2013

The final month: Comcast founder Ralph J. Roberts 'proud to be associated' with Germantown High

As the final day of Germantown High School's 99-year history approaches — the Class of '13 will don caps and gowns on June 19 — NewsWorks will present a series of stories including interviews with grads and former students.

May 6, 2013

Germantown High School alumni: Please share your favorite memories of your time at GHS

In fewer than seven weeks, Germantown High School will close its public-school doors for the last time.

That June 21 last day of school will surely be one of sadness for the extended GHS community.

May 20, 2013

The final month: Why Bill Cosby thinks Germantown High should close

As the final day of Germantown High School's 99-year history approaches — the Class of '13 will don caps and gowns on June 19 — NewsWorks will present a series of stories including interviews with grads and former students.

To launch the GHS series, NewsWorks is sharing excerpts from an interview with Bill Cosby, the actor and comedian who attended the school, but failed out in the 10th grade, taking a shoe-repair job rather than repeat the year.

May 29, 2013

The final month: Recent grad and standout football player rues GHS closing

When William Nyeem King Parks graduated from Germantown High School in 2012, he left behind a legacy as a leader both in the classroom and on the football field.

Home for a spell before returning to the University of Arizona, he told NewsWorks why both he and his father (who also went to GHS) were upset about the school's closing.

June 4, 2013

The final month: Class of '62 grad says GHS teachers opened 'a new world' for him

Marvin J. Rudolph, Ph.D is an independent food-science consultant who lives in the Boston area.

He is also a proud Germantown High School grad who wanted to share his memories of formative years there.

May 28, 2013

The final month: Scenes from Germantown High School's last-ever prom

With all due respect to Donna Summer, what happened on Friday night inside the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing was the truest representation of the phrase "last dance" imaginable.

May 30, 2013

The final month: Class of '65er still remembers graduation-day kiss from Bill Cosby's cousin

Sharon Fetter Sudhop wrote to NewsWorks to share fond memories from her time as a student at Germantown High School in the first half of the 1960s. She included a recollection that highlights race relations during the era.

June 1, 2013

The final month: Another Class of '65er recalls Bill Cosby performing at GHS scholarship fundraiser

For the second time in a week, a member of Germantown High School's Class of 1965 has written in with recollections of going to a school in its final year.

Today, we hear from Rachelle Lerner, who was known as Rachelle Blumenfeld back then.

June 7, 2013

The final month: From Seattle, she mourns the loss of Germantown High School

Patricia Newton is the third member of Germantown High School's Class of 1965 to share recollections in "The Final Month" series.

Pointing out that hers was the last class to have a January commencement, Newtown said she was among seven family members who graduated from GHS.

May 30, 2013

The final month: Talking about Germantown High on NewsWorks Tonight

In the final weeks before the closure of the 99-year-old Germantown High School, NewsWorks is talking to current and former students at the school and collecting and sharing anecdotes about the school.

June 3, 2013

The final month: State Rep. Kinsey recalls good times in the GHS Class of 1976 as bitter end nears

When state Rep. Stephen Kinsey learned that his alma mater was slated for closure, he jumped head first into a grassroots effort to keep the 99-year-old school open.

June 5, 2013

The final month: When will SEPTA's 'Germantown High' bus-stop announcement change?

When Germantown High School closes its doors later this month, the building itself won't be the only relic.

SEPTA buses, including the Route 23, will still announce GHS as a destination accessible from Germantown Avenue stops at, and near, the High Street intersection.

June 6, 2013

The final month: GHS alumni president 'sort of numb' as closing day nears

For Vera Primus, the impending closure of Germantown High School still stings badly.

Primus, president of GHS' alumni association, was easily the school's fiercest advocate when the community learned the 99-year-old institution was on the chopping block.

Dwight Evans, pictured in Germantown High School's 1971 yearbook. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)
June 12, 2013

The final month: GHS grad Dwight Evans says officials did not prepare for inevitable change

Of the 16 accomplishments that state Rep. Dwight Evans lists on his official website, two relate to education.

The first: the West Oak Lane representative helped get legislation passed to stave off a threatened Philadelphia School District shutdown in 2001.

The second: "Evans was instrumental in securing the passage of Pennsylvania's Charter School Law" four years earlier.

Capt. John Fleming of the 14th Police District says
June 10, 2013

The final month: Police planning 'exit strategy' for GHS closing and beyond

Since taking command of the 14th District last November, Philadelphia Police Capt. John Fleming was known to mention at community meetings that the area he oversees contains 55 public, private and parochial schools.

By month's end, this number will drop by more than 5 percent due to the various school closings previously announced by the Philadelphia School District.

Kevin Eubanks shared jazz lessons at Philadelphia's Northeast High School in 2011. (Peter Crimmins/WHYY)
June 11, 2013

The final month: Kevin Eubanks recalls voyage from GHS to 'The Tonight Show'

Kevin Eubanks is perhaps best known for the 15 years he spent alongside Jay Leno leading The Tonight Show Band. But, the accomplished guitarist is also a Philadelphia native who attended Germantown High School.

A moment of group prayer was held at the Germantown High School Alumni Association's final meeting before the 99-year-old school closes next week. (Aaron Moselle/WHYY)
June 13, 2013

The final month: GHS Alumni Association holds last meeting before school closes

Doug Tolbert paced along a first-floor hallway inside Germantown High School with a heavy heart.

At times, the Class of '73 alum stepped inside room 125 where, on Tuesday night, GHS' alumni association held its final meeting before the school closes for good as part of the Philadelphia School District's right-sizing efforts.

A 1915 postcard image of Germantown High School. (Courtesy of Germantown Historical Society)
June 14, 2013

The final month: Class of 1977 grad looked upon Germantown High with 'awe'

Joseph Paige, member of Germantown High School's Class of '77, added his thoughts about his time at the school in the comments of another "The Final Month" series entry.

They painted such a unique picture that it warranted a post of its own.

Today marks the start of Germantown High School's final week of operation. (Photo courtesy of Germantown Historic Society)
June 17, 2013

The final month: Class of '68 soul-food restaurateur says GHS closing 'saddens my heart'

Delilah Winder moved to Germantown from Richmond, Va. as a child when her father, a government employee, was relocated.

Two members of Germantown's Class of 2012 looked out the windows of New Covenant Church at last year's commencement. This year's ceremony will take on an aura of finality as the school will close on Friday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)
June 19, 2013

The final month: Germantown High School's Class of 2013 graduates this morning

While the school itself won't close its doors until Friday, today marks a symbolic finish line in the 99-year history of Germantown High, as the Class of 2013 will be the last to ever graduate from the school.

On Monday night, graduating seniors took a lap around Germantown High School to kick off the school's final week of existence. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
June 18, 2013

The final month: Germantown High's last week starts with balloons, bells, speeches and a 'Great Walk' [video]

Just after 7 p.m., a cluster of black and green balloons slowly sailed into the evening skies over Germantown.

Beneath the floating orbs stood a small bunch of graduating seniors from Germantown High School, who released them at the end of a Monday night ceremony organized to celebrate their achievements.

Alexis Greaves took over as Germantown High School's acting principal in April. He will be the school's last. (Aaron Moselle/WHYY)
June 18, 2013

The final month: Last principal in Germantown High history addresses graduating seniors

Germantown High School's Acting Principal Alexis Greaves took over for predecessor Margaret Mullen-Bavwidinsi in April after she retired from the Philadelphia School District.

His time with the school was brief — he started in September as the school's vice principal — but impactful.

All morning, a steady stream of teachers and students moved items out of Germantown High School. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)
June 21, 2013

On the scene for the last day of Germantown High School's life (1914-2013)

Germantown High is one of 23 schools closing due to the Philadelphia School District's budget cuts this year. A number of underclassmen trickled in and out of the building Friday morning for final goodbyes of their own.

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