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A Message from President Armbrister

January 2015

To the Girard College Family,

January has been bitterly cold and snowy, but we have bundled up and buckled down to continue to reach for our individual and communal goals. As we pursue excellence on all fronts, I thought I'd take a moment to review some of the high points of the last few months.

January 19:

About 5,000 people were on our campus as part of the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Volunteers, project managers, community leaders and job seekers all played a part in making this “a day on” and not “a day off.”

One spectacular benefit of being the “signature site” for the MLK Day of Service was that we hosted the Philadelphia Orchestra, presenting their MLK Tribute Concert for the 25th year. Every seat in our Chapel was filled, and every heart was moved by the music.

January 10-11:

The Mock Trial program is off to a great start. Team 2 was invited to participate in a tournament at La Salle University. Two of our students did particularly well.

January 7:

Five Girard students were inducted into the NHS (National Honor Society) during a special Chapel.

January: We have entered into a partnership with The University of Pennsylvania to provide some of our high school students with test preparation and clinical research experience. Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 began their participation in test-prep classes after school that should improve their performance in the classroom as well as on standardized tests. More information to follow.



What a great holiday concert season we've had! Our Upper and Lower School students have really outdone themselves, with the help of their talented teachers and directors, Paul Eaton and Maria Slowey-Johnson.


December 16:

With support from the GCAA (Alumni Association), the Lower School students enjoyed their annual Santa Night. Each student got a stocking, a small gift and enjoyed a visit from the jolly man in the red suit.


December 3:

Sixteen Upper School students received their bronze and silver awards as successful participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program. This leadership program has been active on our campus since 2009 and was the first in the Philadelphia area.



Without a doubt, the fall team that had the greatest success was our girls varsity tennis team. These motivated Cavaliers exceeded all expectations, kept their eyes on the prize and placed second in the Penn Jersey league. Click here for the fall sports wrap-up.


November 14:

Nearly 140 families attended Girard’s Admission Open House.

We have enjoyed having a newly activated family association on campus. The GCFA (Girard College Family Association) has been busy with fund-raising projects, such as pretzel and candy sales. The first candy sale raised more than $2,500!

I hope you received messages from the Development Office in November and December, including the annual report. Thank you for your generous response for those end-of-year appeals!

Keep warm and safe during the rest of this cold winter, and keep checking the website to stay in the loop!

Hail Girard!

Clarence D. Armbrister

Girard College is pleased to hold memberships in several key educational organizations:




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