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Posted 12/04/2017 08:27AM
Our Junior Cavaliers Choir (Elementary and Middle School) made a cameo on More FM 101.1! Get in the holiday spirit and watch the music video here!
Posted 09/18/2017 01:27PM

Girard College is thrilled to invited you to the upcoming exhibition “Risk & Reward: Entrepreneurship and the Making of Philadelphia” which runs October 2, 2017-July 14, 2019 at the Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia (140 S. Broad St. Philadelphia). Stephen Girard is one of nine Philadelphia entrepreneurs to be celebrated in the exhibition and Founder's Hall at Girard College will be lending over twenty items, ranging from a painting of his ship Montesquieu to three of the massive ledgers for his bank. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3pm to 6pm, and the second Saturday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information about the exhibit, or to arrange a guided group tour, please visit http://www.ulheritagecenter.org/visitor-information/ 


Special thanks to President Armbrister and the Board of Directors of City Trusts for making this loan possible!

Posted 08/09/2017 03:16PM


This summer, Founder’s Hall and Girard College have benefited from the talents and diligence of two interns. Working under the supervision of Kathy Haas, Director of Historic Resources, the interns accomplished a great deal and learned to love Girard College, Stephen Girard and the Girard story.

MADISON GREINER (right) spent this summer working as a “collections intern” in Founder’s Hall. She was intrigued by the rich history of the school and its founder, and she knew she’d gain experience working with a unique collection. Throughout this experience, Greiner gained a deeper understanding of the complexities of interpreting a will many decades after it was originally written. She has also developed a profound respect for a visionary whose generosity has provided life-changing educational opportunities for thousands of students.

Greiner is working towards a BFA (bachelor of fine arts) with a concentration in painting and a minor in art history. However, she has focused most of her time on museum outreach and advocacy for the arts. After she graduates from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019, she will apply for a museum studies graduate program with the intent of pursuing collections management. This Havertown, Pa. native hopes to work in a fine arts museum one day.

“I have enjoyed having the opportunity to become comfortable within staff meetings, making deadlines and learning new databases,” she said. “I’m really grateful for my summer spent at Girard, and I definitely look forward to keeping in touch with the staff and continuing to follow the Girard College story.”

One of Greiner’s primary projects was researching Girard College history and writing text for an audio tour.

JASMYNE MENA (left) has been working as the “marketing intern” at Founder's Hall this summer.

An advertising student on the art direction track of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communications at Temple, Mena had not intentionally pursued a museum internship, but she believed it could be a positive experience. She knew she would expand her skill set and benefit from new working relationships with various professionals.

Mena frequently comments on meeting Girard alumni.

“Meeting some of the alumni has definitely been my favorite part of this summer experience,” she said. “They feel so passionate about Girard College, and their love for the school truly radiates.”

A rising senior at Temple University, this longtime resident of Rutherford, New Jersey is still thinking about career options.

“I'm not exactly sure what my ultimate career goals are at the moment,” Mena said. “I hope to work somewhere I can use my design skills and knowledge of marketing.”

Mena worked on visual marketing products such as posters and rack cards.

Funding for these internships was provided through the Arts Intern Program of Studio Institute.

Posted 06/20/2017 04:23PM


Girard College sophomore Thelma Davies has been named to the 3rd Team All-American by MileSplit USA.

This latest accolade follows Davies' tremendous success at the 2017 national track and field championships in Sacramento, California and the 2017 New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In Sacramento on June 23, Davies placed 5th nationally in the 100m, running 11.53s with a -1.5 headwind. She was the youngest athlete on the medal stand, as is often the case for this sophomore phenom.

On Saturday, June 17, she broke a 34-year-old Pennsylvania state record when she ran the 100m in 11:43. This performance occurred at the New Balance Nationals and earned her third place in the event.

Davies has been breaking records and making a name for herself in both indoor and outdoor track circles since she began competing as a ninth-grader.

She holds the record in Pennsylvania for indoor 60m, earned the title for the 200m indoor, and placed first in Pennsylvania Class AA for the 100m and 200m twice, once as a freshman and once as a sophomore.

Keep your eye on Davies as she continues to make everyone in the Girard College community proud.


Posted 03/06/2017 09:51AM


On Thursday afternoon, March 23, the Girard College Cavaliers earned second place in the PIAA Class A state basketball competition! The team lost a hard-fought game vs Kennedy Catholic 73-56 in the Giant Center, Hershey, Pa.

This second-place state ranking was the conclusion to an excellent season for a team that was not ranked at all last year.  The Cavaliers' 2016-17 season record was 24-9, they came out on top in the Penn-Jersey League and in District 1, and they made it to states for the first time since 2009.

The team is young: the starting five are juniors, sophomores and one freshman. We will see much more from this talented bunch in the future.

Go Cavs! Hail Girard!

Read more about state championship game here ...

Read philly.com article about freshman Aquil Stewart, "small but contributes big" ...

Top: 2016-17 Team Photo; Bottom: Girard coaching team gathers with head coach Clyde Jones, holding the state trophy.

Posted 02/14/2017 11:31AM


On March 11, Girard sophomore and super-sprinter Thelma Davies competed at the national indoor track meet in New York, placing third in the 60m race. This event brought together the top runners in the U.S., and Davies proudly took her place on the medal stand.

Davies has has quite a season! She ran the 55-meter race in 6.82 seconds at the Millrose Games (NY) on Saturday, February 11, 2017, breaking the previous record and earning first place status in the USA.

On Saturday, February 25, she placed first in BOTH of her events at the state indoor competition. She ran the 60-meter race in 7.38 seconds and ran the 200-meter race in 24.04 seconds.

WATCH THE TV-3 NEWS STORY about Thelma here ...

Earlier this season, Davies dominated the Hispanic Games held January 7, also in New York. Click here to watch the interview with PA MileSplit aired immediately after those races.

And on Saturday February 17, she placed first in the 60-meter with a time of 7.743, running at the DVGTCA (Delaware Valley Girls Track Coaches Association) meet at Lehigh University.

Davies success is part of a Girard College tradition of competitiveness in track. She is coached by alumnus Diamond Woolford, class of 1999, who excelled in track when he was a Girard student.





Posted 01/31/2017 09:00AM

Girard Alumnus Featured in Philly.com Series

Girard College alumnus Abu Fofanah '11 was selected to appear as the first in a series of Black History Month features for the online arm of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

Journalist Sofiyah Ballin describes the series: "For Black History Month, we're exploring history and identity through the lens of joy. Black joy is the ability to love and celebrate black people and culture, despite the world dictating otherwise. Black joy is liberation."

Chosen because of his success as a young entrepreneur, Fofanah cites experiences with a mentor group at Girard College where black professionals inspired him to develop confidence in himself.

"While I was there (Girard College)," Fofanah says, "I was a part of a program called Alpha Boulé. It is a program for black men who were in the community to lead by example."

"A lot of us had never seen successful black men who weren’t on TV or an athlete," he said. "They made it a point to show that you could be successful and help other people who look like you on the way."

Read more ...

Posted 01/16/2017 11:34AM


On Wednesday, January 11, five Girard College students were inducted into the National Honor Society.

They are Tiffany B., Tahji E., Stanton H., Zimira J. and Reggie M. Remiah H., inducted last year, welcomed the new members into the NHS in a ceremony held in the Chapel. Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmot, Vice President for Health and Health Equity at Drexel University, served as the speaker, encouraging the students to practice the five P's: passion, perseverance, partner, power and prayer.

The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Pictured above, left to right are: Jackson, Hughes, Hare, Morgan, Bass and Ellison.

Posted 11/21/2016 10:36AM


All students in both third grades participated in a geography exercise using Skype, a video-calling application used around the world.

Girard teachers Kara Freeman and Rebekah Weeks made a connection with another school, and the students in both schools asked questions aimed at determing the other school's geographic location. Skype allows each group to display the image of the other students and to hear them speak.

The students referred to global maps and jotted questions on notepads, conferring as a group before posing their questions, such as:

"Are you north of the equator?"

"Are you in the Eastern part of the continent?"

A cheer went up in the room when Girard students correctly guessed Columbia, South America. But their work was not done. Zeroing in on landmarks such as rivers and mountains, the students had to identify the city: Manizales, Columbia.

Good job, Girard students!

TOP CAPTION: The large screen displays the "other" classroom and students as Girard third-graders work with maps and their teacher to create productive questions.

BOTTOM CAPTION: To control the tempo of questions, each classroom has a sign indicating the status of their thoughtful work.

Posted 11/21/2016 10:15AM


On November 10, several students attended a "Meet Philly" activity called "Night Skies" at the Franklin Institute’s observatory.

The students engaged in hands-on activities related to space, astronomy and cosmology. They visited the fourth- and fifth-floor observatories (note city skyline in background of photos) where they gazed at the craters on the moon, Albireo, Deneb and globular clusters in the constellation Pegasus.

Some students made LED night lights and viewed a model of the Pegasus constellation. The entire group attended a live presentation by Dr. Mark Devlin, professor in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Physics and Astrophysics, regarding the Balloon-Borne Large-Aperture Sub-Millimeter telescope. They also met Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute, who spoke with the students about the beginning stages of his exploration in astronomy.

Students at Girard College frequently take advantage of their proximity to art museums, the Free Library, the Franklin Institute and many other educational institutions in Philadelphia.

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