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Sept. 2016 Students in grades 1-12 showed their school spirit during the first Pep Rally in the Armory on September 16.

Each student wore a t-shirt with the new athletic logo on either STEEL or GARNET, the traditional school colors.



The first four weeks of school have come and gone by very quickly. We’ve come together for our first Chapel during which I asked all of our students to challenge the faculty and staff to provide them with as much “knowledge” as possible, because “Knowledge is Power.” A week later we convened as a community for an exciting “Spirit Day” in which our students had an opportunity to bond across grade levels in a series of fun activities that required skill, teamwork and cooperation. Our students are adjusting well to the reorganized school divisions: the Elementary/Middle School (grades 1-8) housed at the West End of campus; and the High School (grades 9-12) whose students now enter a building that has benefitted from some upgraded lighting and some fresh coats of paint.

All in all, we have had a great opening to the school year. And as we close out the month of September, I thought it important to share with you in a Report to the Community my observations about what has transpired during the last four years of my tenure here. However, and more importantly, the report does not dwell on the past, but looks to how the last four years establishes a foundation for our future work and the challenges that remain. This report was delivered to the Board of Directors of City Trusts at its September meeting. It was written not only to describe the last four years but, as its title suggests—“Girard College Turns The Page On Controversy And Prepares To Meet Its Future”—to recognize that the divisions that seemed to divide us have dissipated, notwithstanding the fact that many of the challenges that brought those divisions to the surface remain. The report concludes by quoting (in part) a letter from the then-President of the GCAA in which he writes that we must all come together to maintain Girard College for future Hummers.

The faculty, staff, students and the administration are all poised to take on that future. I hope you are too!

Hail Girard


Clarence D. Armbrister

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




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