December 5, 2014 |
A DATA-DRIVEN opinion piece written by a Temple University law professor led a prominent charter-school leader to fight back on Twitter yesterday, claiming the professor shoots at unarmed boys. Twitterverse was not pleased. "What does Temple law professor Susan DeJarnatt and Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson have in common? They both shoot at unarmed boys," David P. Hardy wrote in a tweet sent out at 5:07 a.m. yesterday. Hardy is the chief executive officer of Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School and a spokesman for PhillySchoolChoice.com, a new group that advocates for charter and parochial schools.
November 12, 2014 |
Four days before the deadline to apply to open new charter schools, hundreds of parents, students, teachers and charter operators gathered outside Philadelphia School District headquarters Tuesday to support proposed new schools. Carrying balloons and wearing bright T-shirts, the upbeat crowd thanked the School Reform Commission for accepting new charter applications for the first time since 2007. The district's administration building on North Broad Street was closed for Veterans' Day. But that did not diminish the cheers for several charters proposed to open in 2016, including a Mastery elementary school in North Philadelphia, a tech-themed high school for Freire charter of Center City and a girls' charter modeled after Boys Latin of Philadelphia.
November 8, 2014 |
EVER WONDER what it's like to have speed beyond your wildest imagination? We're not talking about driving fast in a car. We're talking speed as in how fast your legs can carry you. Damere Gilbert, a 5-10, 170-pound track star turned wide receiver and defensive back, can tell you. "It's breathtaking," he said. "I can't believe I'm going that fast, but I know I can always get faster. " Gilbert used his "quicks" last night to propel Boys' Latin (6-5) past Southern High, 24-20, in nonleague action at the South Philadelphia Supersite.
October 31, 2014
BOYS' LATIN football coach Mike Rufo has chosen to step down at the end of the season, citing conflicts with his work schedule. Rufo has worked as a volunteer during his 7 years as coach (5 in the Public League) and has been the Warriors' only coach. Sean Diviny, a Father Judge grad, will take over as coach. Diviny has served as defensive coordinator and has been with the program since its inception. Rufo led Boys' Latin (4-5, 2-4) into this season with a 14-17 record in league play and 21-27 overall.
September 12, 2014 |
WITH A SIMPLE shrug of his shoulders and his face clad with an ear-to-ear smile, Imhotep senior DJ Moore assured what a stat sheet might never know. Yesterday at the Marcus Foster (Gratz) Supersite, Moore played under center, not at wide receiver, where his skill set has already earned him a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland (he committed this summer). The Panthers' typical tosser, Andre Dreuitt-Parks, was injured and still recovering from concussion-like symptoms suffered the previous week, so Moore was called to action against Boys' Latin.
April 25, 2014 |
THE MIND of a good businessman constantly toils, deciphering the best sales pitch while tailoring it to a specific clientele. Asa James knows this well. In fact, the Boys' Latin junior isn't only a businessman; he is a business, man! James buys and sells sneakers and has his entrepreneurial eyes set on owning his own company someday. "I used to just buy them for myself," he said, "but after a while, I looked them up and saw how much they were worth, and I like business, so I thought I might as well sell some shoes and get some extra profit.
December 27, 2013 |
JAMAR BRISBON knew he would be here someday. Well, not exactly here per se. Boys' Latin actually had no clue it would play Maritime Charter yesterday at the Gustine Recreation Center until the Constitution Christmas Tournament found a late opening. BL's schedule lost three opponents in 2 days, second-year head coach R.J. McDaniel said, after three teams asked out because of roster and scheduling issues. So, a matchup with Central would have fit until McDaniel was notified on Tuesday that his 3A Division B squad would face 2A Division E Maritime.
November 9, 2013 |
Emmanuel Sloan doubled as Boys' Latin's leading rusher and shutdown defender Thursday afternoon, as the Warriors rolled at Olney, 20-12, in a nonleague football game. The 5-foot-8 senior ran for 176 yards on 24 carries and also added an interception. Troy Hester, a sophomore quarterback, rushed for 35 yards and threw for 59. He found Damere Gilbert for a 50-yard touchdown in the first quarter and later tacked on two short touchdown rushes. Sultan Johns had a pair of interceptions for Olney, and Kadir Chisholm scored two touchdowns.
November 8, 2013 |
Rain, cold, mud and wind, ideal conditions for running the football, right? "I don't think so," said Boys' Latin running back Emmanuel Sloan. He should know. With a 24-carry, 176-yard performance in yesterday's 20-12 triumph over Olney, Sloan set the school's single-season rushing record (1,219), which was established by Ben Coulibaly (1,140) in 2011. "Perfect conditions for running the football?" said the 5-6, 185-pound senior running back/defensive back as he clutched the game ball.
June 12, 2013 |
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said in Philadelphia on Monday that he was trying to rally Americans to join a class-action lawsuit against President Obama's controversial telephone and Internet surveillance programs revealed last week. But when asked whether Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who leaked the existence of the top-secret programs, should be praised or prosecuted, Paul replied, "I don't know if I have an opinion of what exactly you do. " Paul is seen as a 2016 contender for president, and he pounced on the news that the NSA was collecting phone records from millions of Americans and had direct access to user activities at major Internet companies.