May 1, 2016 |
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, for Lewis N. Rinko, 81, of Swarthmore, a former advertising agency executive, a Girard College alumnus, and a former publisher of his hometown weekly, the Swarthmorean. Mr. Rinko died Tuesday, April 5, of heart failure at home. Born in coal country near Wilkes-Barre, he was 8 when his father died in a mining accident. Hoping to increase his chances for a better life, his mother in 1944 took him by bus to Girard and left him there.
April 10, 2016
At the north end of Corinthian Avenue stands the most Parthenonlike of Philadelphia's many Parthenon-inspired buildings: Girard College's Founder's Hall. The Greek Revival temple, designed by Thomas U. Walter, is actually bigger than the Athens original, with massive fluted columns that rise 65 feet and that are topped with tiers of vines and flowers that form the architectural capitals (Corinthian, of course). Such an immense structure requires an equally massive entrance. Walter, who was just 28 in 1832 when he won a national competition to design a school for "poor white male orphans," made the front doors 31 feet high and more than 15 feet wide and outlined them with button studs and an elaborate egg-and-dart frame.
March 23, 2016 |
A Better Chance, a nonprofit that works with talented minority students and helps place them in college-prep schools, is teaming up with Girard College. A Better Chance is moving its three-person mid-Atlantic office from Drexel University to Girard's 43-acre campus in Fairmount on Thursday. "It's a great move for us," Keith Wilkerson, senior program manager for A Better Chance, said Monday. "It will allow us to think more broadly about the type of programming we provide for students.
February 21, 2016 |
At one of the city's newest schools Friday, one dedicated to primarily serving African American and Latino children from low-income families, students learned of long-ago efforts to integrate one of the area's oldest, Girard College. The students at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School learned of that episode in the city's racial troubled history by watching a documentary on the efforts of civil rights leader Cecil B. Moore and dozens of young people in 1965 to force the integration of the then-all-white male boarding school.
February 20, 2016 |
Jon R. Hall, assistant head of school and middle school head at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs, has been tapped to lead Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson. Hall will become Westfield Friends head of school effective July 1, but will begin participating in the transition immediately. "It is our sincere pleasure to announce that our community has come together with great unity to select Jon Hall to be the next head of Westfield Friends School," said Peter Taylor, clerk of the Westfield Friends school board.
February 6, 2016 |
In the opening night of the Public League Class AAA preliminary round, Cajuan Sellers stole the ball and scored with three seconds remaining on Thursday to give Randolph a 55-53 win at Southern. Sellers finished the game with seven points. Donte McCrea led Randolph with 18. In other Public League Class AAA action: Sayre's Brandon White scored 21 points and Nasir Blanden finished with 22, scoring 12 in the third quarter in a 77-39 win against visiting Mastbaum. West Philadelphia's Dymeir Shakelford scored all three of his points at the foul line in the final minute of play to defeat visiting Palumbo, 61-57.
January 20, 2016 |
At age 89, Harris Wofford is no stranger to large crowds of idealists working to change the status quo. He was a good friend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped found the Peace Corps, and was a civil rights pioneer. And yet, Pennsylvania's liberal statesman was inspired Monday, two generations later, as he looked upon several thousand people gathered at Girard College for the Martin Luther King Day of Service, which Wofford had helped found several decades after King's assassination.
January 18, 2016 |
What may be a sleepy day off for some will galvanize what organizers expect to be more than 140,000 others into helping people in need Monday when the 21st annual Martin Luther King Day of Service draws volunteers from across the region. In Chester, where the civil rights leader spent three years as a young theologian, a tribute to King and a wreath-laying ceremony will highlight a day of volunteerism at the Salvation Army's Corps Community Center on West 15th Street. At Philadelphia's Girard College, where King participated in a desegregation protest just months after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, 5,000 volunteers, including Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney, and other dignitaries, will take part in 150 service projects.
January 11, 2016 |
More than anything, Imhotep Charter boys' basketball coach Andre Noble has been pleased with Jaekwon Carlyle's maturation as a student. "He comes from a rough neighborhood, and he had some issues in the classroom," Noble said. "But he's been buckling down and applying himself more. " Carlyle agreed. "I had to focus more, stop worrying about things less important, and do my work. " The 6-foot, 170-pound senior guard helped Imhotep take care of business against Friends' Central on Saturday in the second annual All-City Classic, producing 15 points, two assists, and two steals in a 68-42 triumph at Girard College.
January 8, 2016 |
Following a stirring student choral performance of "We Shall Overcome" on Wednesday, organizers announced plans for Philadelphia's 21st annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, and unveiled a 36-foot-long mural depicting the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955. Organizer Todd Bernstein, president of the nonprofit Global Citizen, which promotes volunteer service, said he hopes Philadelphia will break national records for volunteerism this MLK Day, Jan. 18. He is also founder and director of the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.