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Boys' Basketball continues through playoffs
Kristen Angelucci

Boys' Basketball advances in the playoffs

On Thursday, February 15th, Girard College Boys' Basketball beat Doane Academy 70 to 44. Doane Academy was the #3 seed in the Penn Jersey Athletic Association (PJAA)Tournament. The win - the team's thirteenth in a row - gave Girard College back to back championships in the Penn Jersey Athletic Association.  Mikeal Jones lead in scoring with 20 points, supported by Aquil Stewart's 14 points. Catch their next game on February 27th in our Armory!

  • athletics
  • basketball
  • play-offs
JOIN US on March 6th for a new way to explore Girard history!
Kristen Angelucci

A 21st century event, 170 years in the making!

We know you love Girard College history. Now, it's just a click of the mouse away. This March, we're thrilled to unveil an interactive digital campus map - and you're cordially invited to be the first to see it!

Please join us on Tuesday, March 6th at 5:30 in Founder's Hall for an exclusive sneak peek of this exciting new resource.


You'll join alumni, current students and members of our community for a trip down memory lane and beyond as we explore the growth of the Girard College campus through photos and stories. Learn to use this useful new tool from the designers themselves: this project is a result of over 200 hours of research and programming from interns, as well as our Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas. Kathy will also provide additional information on the digital archives available on our website.


Light refreshments will be served. RSVP encouraged; please contact us if you plan to attend.


Come share a snack and a story with brothers and sisters of Girard, past and present!

  • Alumni
  • Campus
  • digital
  • event
  • Founder's
  • Founder's Hall
  • historical
  • map
Announcing the Middle Grades Partnership!
Kristen Angelucci

Starting this summer, our students will be more prepared than ever for high school!

Girard College is thrilled to announce a new program to increase student engagement and effectiveness: the Middle Grades Partnership. Beginning this summer, selected students at the Middle School level will embark on an exciting journey to improve their academic and interpersonal skills in preparation for high school.

Interim President Ava Willis-Barksdale and Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Henry Fairfax share the details of the program in a memo to our community, which you can read here.  

We are especially grateful to The Abele Family Foundation for their support of this program. Alumnus Will Abele ('57), with the support of his wife Joan, leads by example in his efforts to be sure that his younger brothers and sisters receive all of the benefits he enjoyed at Girard.

The support of our alumni and community makes Stephen Girard's dream possible in perpetuity. Join Will and Joan in their support of student dreams: consider making a tax-deductible donation to Girard College today.

Hail Girard!

  • Abele
  • Alumni
  • Donation
  • Donor
  • MGP
  • Middle Grades Partnership
  • Will Abele
Thelma Davies is #1
Kristen Angelucci

Girard Junior is nationally-ranked.

“As soon as I started seeing what I could do with running,” says Thelma Davies, class of 2019, “I started planning. I want to go to college for free.”

It’s this mindset that propelled Davies to success after success, breaking state and national records and qualifying as All-American her freshman and sophomore years. Most recently, in the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Davies ran the 55-meter dash in 6.77s - the fastest time in Pennsylvania history and the tenth-fastest in United States history.

With these wins under her belt, you might forgive Davies for keeping her mind on the track. Yet this honor student has goals that extend far beyond her athletic abilities. “I take my academics seriously,” she says. “I’m doing so well in school, and I’m pushing myself harder, knowing that I just need to be the best I can be to get where I want to go. There are a few colleges looking toward me. I don’t want to go to college, and be only a track star. People retire in their twenties or thirties. I did research, and came up with sports medicine. I want to study kinesiology and minor in nutrition. I like knowing what’s good for the body. I like to know what’s healthy and not healthy, for myself and for other people."

Humble Davies credits Girard College for much of her success, from the support of her coach and teachers to her track “family.” Even our facilities give her an edge. “I feel grateful that we have an indoor track facility,” she says. “I ran with Penwood track team for three weeks, they run in the hallways. A lot of people run in the hallways, but it’s too much pressure on your arch and joints. I feel grateful for what we have.”

With over a year left in her collegiate career, Davies does not intend to slow down now. “I plan on continuing to have a tunnel vision mindset. I have goals, I’m going to reach these goals, and I’m not going to let people stop me. I try to be perfect as possible, but I know that I can’t. Some things are out of your control, but most of it’s on me.”

  • athletics
  • Thelma Davies
  • track
MLK Day at Girard
Kristen Angelucci

The tradition continues!

On Monday, January 15th, our campus once again welcomed Global Citizen 365, as well as thousands from the community, to our renowned Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, followed by a concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra.


To Interim President Ava Willis-Barksdale, our continued support of this endeavor did not require a second thought; "As this year’s focus reflected on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign, which, in part, suggested that all people should have what they need to live, we were proud to participate.  We believe that Stephen Girard also had this concept in mind in his desire to provide education to children for whom it was not guaranteed."


Two floors of the Armory teemed with volunteers, non-profits and community members. But the action wasn't limited to the gymnasium: from Good Friends to Founder's, our campus was alive with the energy of service. Todd Bernstein of Global Citizen reflects,"The Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service has found a home at Girard College for the ninth straight year, which really makes sense. The magnificent campus facilities accommodate thousands of volunteers from throughout our region and the civil rights history and involvement of Dr. King opening up this school to deserving students of all backgrounds make it the perfect place to hold this annual event.”

After a hard day's work, volunteers were treated to the sounds of The Philadelphia Orchestra and guest choirs and performers. After the concert, over 300 guests visited our historical collection in Founder's Hall for self-guided tours.


LaVonna Ricketts, Assistant Director of Operations and Business Systems, coordinated much of the day's events with our partners. She says, "The Global Citizen Martin Luther King Day of Service at Girard College is an incredible experience. As an alumna of Girard, current employee, and native Philadelphian, I can’t express how happy I was to see so many people gather on the campus that I love, in the city that I love, and put their hearts, minds, and bodies to work. This day is not only about service, but there is also a crucial focus on community, advocacy, education, and civil rights. I encourage everyone to participate annually if possible. There is tremendous value in this work, not only this day, but every day."


  • Campus
  • Day of Service
  • Global Citizen
  • Martin Luther King
  • MLK
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Volunteer