May 22, 2016 |
Margharita Amihava moved with her family from Belarus to the United States when she was 4. "My parents were looking for a better life and more opportunities," she said. Amihava, now 18 and a student at Central High School, recently realized one of her parents' dreams when she earned a scholarship to study biology and row at Drexel. Philadelphia City Rowing, established six years ago, has played a huge role in Amihava's development in the sport. It gives students from city public and charter schools that do not have rowing programs the chance to compete on the water.
April 6, 2016 |
After graduating from Central High School in Philadelphia, William T. Moore enlisted in the Navy. For two years, he studied at a naval training center on the Navy Pier in Chicago, son Thomas said, while learning to become a carrier-based aircraft machinist. But then he was diagnosed with rheumatic fever, which a Mayo Clinic website states "can cause permanent damage to the heart. " A Navy physician "went to him and his mother, Edith," who had gone to be with her son, "told them he was doomed," and gave him an early discharge "to go home to perish.
February 4, 2016 |
With the Public League crown on the line, all eyes were fixated on Isaac Morales as he took the mat on Tuesday for the final match of the night in front of a packed house at Central High School. Northeast led by four points, so Central needed at least a major decision to even force a tie. But Northeast's senior captain, admittedly, wasn't feeling so stone cold. He could feel the pressure mounting on him. "I was nervous," Morales said. "I had never been in a situation like that before, but I kept my composure and pulled through.
January 12, 2016
ISSUE | PRESS FREEDOM Poor perspective As celebrated as Central High School is, senior Michael Moroz somehow missed the lesson about a person being presumed innocent until proven guilty ("Getting lesson in intolerance," Wednesday). Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Mo., teenager who was shot and killed by police, had never been found guilty of anything. Being a "delinquent" or a "thug," which is what Moroz called Brown in a commentary in the school newspaper, is not a reason to be murdered by police or anyone else.
January 7, 2016 |
Jim Kenney's first full day as mayor took him from a schoolhouse abuzz with Philadelphia's future to a hall that exhibits its storied past. He also went to his office, grabbed a Diet Coke and a sandwich from Subway, and started setting a tone as brisk and sunny as the bitter-cold morning. "Let's do it," Kenney said, holding a Bible to help swear in his new police commissioner, Richard Ross, at Ross' alma mater, Central High School. Kenney, with director of communications Lauren Hitt in tow, arrived early for the 10:30 a.m. event so he could meet privately with Ross and then with the school's president, Timothy J. McKenna.
January 7, 2016 |
Two months ago, Philadelphia's new mayor asked Philadelphia's new police commissioner where he would like to take the oath of office. "I'm not that conventional," Jim Kenney told Richard Ross. They could skip a staid ceremony at City Hall, he said. Instead, Kenney asked, "Is there a place that's important to you?" And so, on Tuesday afternoon, dozens of police officers and politicians and preachers piled into the seats in Central High School's auditorium. The school's entire graduating class filled in the seats behind them and gave a son of Central a standing ovation when he was sworn in as the city's 30th police commissioner.
January 7, 2016 |
Michael Moroz was prepared for backlash. But he wasn't expecting death threats. The 17-year-old, a senior at Central High School, recently wrote an opinion piece for the school's newspaper criticizing protests by student racial-justice activists at the University of Missouri. It ran alongside a piece that applauded the demonstrations. Moroz pulled no punches, calling Michael Brown, the black teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., "a delinquent" who was "at worst, justifiably killed, and at best, a thug.
January 6, 2016 |
When he was growing up near 17th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia in the 1920s and 1930s, Conrad M. Brahin lived in the apartment above a pharmacy and soda counter owned by his parents. The pharmacy was run by his father, Samuel, an immigrant from Kiev, in what is now Ukraine, who had graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. "He ran deliveries for my grandfather [and] encountered some situations where people were trying to rob him," Conrad Brahin's son, Jason, said.
December 2, 2015 |
Ebony Power list honors Central High School student Bobby Hill was selected as one of Ebony magazine's 2015 Power 100 honorees. The list spotlights "the heroes of the black community. " The 14-year-old breakout star, a soloist with the Keystone State Boychoir, rose to prominence during Pope Francis ' Philadelphia visit when he sang an a cappella version of "Pie Jesu. " Hill's once-in-a-lifetime performance was a last-minute decision, said Steve Fisher , founder and artistic director of the choir.
November 22, 2015 |
Another institution has revoked an honor previously bestowed on Bill Cosby. Central High School's alumni association voted this week to remove the entertainer - who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault - from its Hall of Fame. Cosby briefly attended Central in the 1950s, spending only a portion of ninth grade there. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. After months of consideration, the alumni association board voted, 22-6, Thursday night to strip Cosby of the honor, said Jeffrey A. Muldawer, board president.