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Thelma Davies runs for Team USA
Kristen Angelucci

Senior Thelma Davies is going for gold.

Thelma Davies, ’19, is ready to take on the world. And she’s starting with Finland.


She’ll be representing Team USA at the IAAF U20 World Championships in Finland, running on the 4x100m relay team in July. She qualified at the National Junior Trials, running her personal best of 11.42 into a negative headwind. A testament to Team USA, that was still not the fastest time of the day.


“Some of the girls who beat me,” says Davies, “I’ve beaten them before. I was the youngest person in my event – everyone I was racing against had finished their freshman year of college. So I had raced against these people before, my freshman year or sophomore year of high school.”


Former rivals have become friends though, as the women united on the relay team. “Finland is going to be fun,” she says, “because I know most other people and they’re pretty nice.”


Davies describes the event as, “ basically the Junior Olympics. Junior teams all over the world are competing against each other.” A win would get her a junior medal. Team USA is a frontrunner, but eyes are also on the team from Jamaica. Still, Davies likes her odds.


“Jamaica and the US have the fastest people,” she explains, “so that’s our biggest competition. But we have a faster relay pool. Faster times, in total, for each girl.”

Davies understands the gravity of this opportunity.


“I feel a mixture of emotions. This is the world’s stage – there’s a lot of people watching – and what I do on the track, basically helps prep my future. If I don’t run well, a lot of people will think that’s how I compete. If I run my race well, it will set up my reputation.”


Still, she’s confident that this is just the beginning.


“My future is bright,” she says with conviction. “With more practice, and getting more experience, especially on a college level, my time is going to drop tremendously.”

Even as Davies explores the world, she remains grateful to the experiences gained at Girard, especially the late Coach Leek.


“If it wasn’t for Mr. Leek,” says Davies, “none of this would be possible. He talked me into track, I didn’t know anything about track before Mr. Leek. Without Mr. Leek, I wouldn’t have gotten the resources and help I needed to further my track career.”


Davies will compete in the 4x100 preliminaries on Friday, July 13th at 11:04am EST. Should she advance to the 4x100 Final, she will compete on Saturday, July 14th at 9:04am EST.


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  • Team USA
  • Thelma Davies
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Summer Saturdays at Founder's Hall
  • events
Kristen Angelucci

Visit our historical collections on select Saturdays this summer and fall!

The 100-foot tall Greek revival landmark will be offering complimentary tours 6/9, 7/21, 8/11, 9/8, and 10/13 from 12-3pm. Tours of the 2nd floor collections will be offered every half hour. Come find out more about one of Philadelphia’s richest and most influential citizens and the legacy of the unique school he founded.

  • collections
  • Founder's
  • Founder's Hall
  • historical
Summer Programs at Girard
Kristen Angelucci

Summer Programs are back at Girard College!

Our summer programs are back with something for everyone! Whether it's yoga for your youngest or football for your freshman, we'll keep your kids active all summer long. Explore our programs and register today!

  • camp
  • summer
Founder's Day 2018
Kristen Angelucci

Join us on May 19th for our annual Founder's Day


Founder's Day is quickly approaching and the campus is preparing to excitedly welcome thousands of alumni back home!


We are excited to celebrate the 2018 Stephen Girard Award Recipient, Mr. Joseph Samuel '88. We are also excited to celebrate the 50th Reunion Class of 1968.


This is a weekend full of events to reunite with classmates, network with other alumni, and meet the current students of Girard.



Friday's Golf event will be held at: Ramblewood Country Club

200 Country Club Pkwy

Mt Laurel, NJ 08054


Friday's banquet and all day Saturday will be held at:

Girard College

2101 S College Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19121


Sunday's visit will be held at:

Stephen Girard Park

2101 W Shunk St

Philadelphia, PA 19145


Schedule of Events

Friday, May 18


Golf Outing6:00am-2:00pm

 Ramblewood Country Club

 200 Country Club Parkway

 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

 Continental Breakfast – 7:00am

 Shotgun Start – 8:00am

 Luncheon – 1:00pm


GCAA Banquet5:00pm-9:00pm

 Founder’s Hall

 Cocktails – 5:00pm

 Dinner – 6:00pm

 Program – 7:00pm

 2018 Stephen Girard Award Recipient:

 Joseph Samuel, 1988

 50th Anniversary Class of 1968


Saturday, May 19


Registration - All Day, Tuttle Pavilion

Scouts Snacks - 9:00am-2:00pm, The Hum

Wreath Ceremony9:00am, Founder’s Hall Porch

Chapel Service10:00am, The Chapel

Art Exhibit - 11:00am-3:30pm, Founder’s Hall, Southwest Ballroom

Alumni Soccer Game11:30am, Rocco Montano Soccer Field

Luncheon12:00pm-2:00pm, Banker Hall

Vietnam Plaque Rededication12:00pm, Statue between Founder’s & Bordeaux Hall

Key Man Plaque Rededication12:15pm, High School Building

Stephen Girard Collection - 12:30am-3:30pm, Founder’s Hall, 2nd Floor

Hum Fair 12:30pm-2:30pm, Armory Basement

Alumni Baseball Game1:00pm, Field behind Allen Hall

Alumni Sports Awards1:30pm, Armory

Alumni Basketball Game2:00pm, Armory

President’s Reception2:00pm, President’s House


Sunday, May 20


*Girard’s Farmhouse12:00pm, 20th & Shunk Streets

*Pending Construction



Special Event


Alumni Oral Histories


Founder’s Hall

Small Dining Room




Please RSVP as soon as you are able, using the button to the right. We look forward to seeing you, celebrating with you, and celebrating our founder, Mr. Stephen Girard!


My deeds must be my life. When I am dead my actions must speak for me. ~Stephen Girard

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  • Alumni
  • events
  • Founder's Day
  • Stephen Girard
Announcing DREEAMS at Girard
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: DREEAMS at Girard. 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!

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  • Alumni
  • Donation
  • Donor
  • MGP
  • Middle Grades Partnership
  • Will Abele