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Posted 06/20/2017 04:23PM


Girard College sophomore Thelma Davies broke a 34-year-old Pennsylvania state record when she ran the 100m in 11:43. Her stellar performance occurred on Saturday, June 17, at the New Balance Nationals held in Greensboro, North Carolina. She placed third in the event (photo above).

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.

Read more about this accomplishment on the Penn Track XC/MileSplit PA website.


Posted 06/20/2017 02:45PM



On Thursday, June 8, 2017, 10 students graduated from Girard College. Referred to as the "Tenacious 10," these students weathered some ups and downs during their high school years while decisions were made about the future of Girard College.

In the historic Girard Chapel, in front of family, friends and staff, the class of 2017 reached their long-held goal of graduating from the school they love.

Student speakers wowed the audience.

Student Body President Siddiq R., was the first speaker. Among his rhyming remarks:

"I'm still young and don’t know it all
but I know right from wrong and want to teach you all
to never fold and I stand tall.
I speak the truth, and I’m not trying to be Moses
but cherish every second and 'smell the roses.'"

Valedictorian Rashae B. said:

"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."

Salutatorian Stanton H.:

"Stephen Girard ... His legacy has been the platform for hundreds of Girardians in the past, and today his legacy continues as the smallest class in Girard College history goes on and makes him proud. I want to send a huge Thank You to him for allowing us to have access to better life and a brighter future."

And finally, Satara P. reminded her classmates:

"We may be the smallest class but we are the mightiest. After a long 3,283,200 minutes spent doing homework, writing papers, presentations, reading books and plays about freedom and happily-ever-after’s, it’s now time to write our own. So go out into the world and leave your mark. In the words of Eric Thomas 'Be Phenomenal or Be Forgotten.'"

Enjoy a photo collage here ...



Posted 06/12/2017 05:57PM


On Wednesday, June 7, the entire Girard College community came together to celebrate a year of accomplishments. 

Enjoy a photo collage from Awards Chapel here ...


CAPTION: Left, President of the Girard College Foundation, Joseph Samuel Girard College class of 1984, awards a GCF award to junior Tiffany B.


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.

Posted 11/21/2016 10:02AM


Girard College promotes a college-bound culture.

On November 15, all juniors and seniors traveled to the Malcolm Bernard College Fair in Camden, N.J. There were over 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities represented, and the admission officers were on hand evaluating our students and offering admission decisions on the spot.

Year after year, the enrollment rate for Girard College seniors remains consistent at 98%, and our retention rate (the rate of students who stay in college after enrolling) regularly surpasses the national average for first-generation college students.

In 2015-16, Girard College boasted an "84% college acceptance rate." That means that our students are being offered admission to the overwhelming majority of the schools to which they apply. This statistic points to excellent advising.



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