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September 20, 1996 | ANDREA MIHALIK/DAILY NEWS
Members of Teamsters Local 628, mostly drivers for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Inquirer, picketed Girard College yesterday on behalf of 75 employees - women who cook, serve meals, clean and do laundry for the students. The union says the Board of City Trusts, which administers the will of college founder Stephen Girard, has demanded that the women take a pay cut from $11 to $9 an hour.
NEWS
October 3, 1989 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don P. Sheldon, the president of Girard College for the last two years, told school employees yesterday that he would resign at the end of the week, according to an officer of the union that represents teachers at the school. Sheldon made the announcement in a memo distributed to the school's faculty and staff, said John Kozempel, vice president of the union. Sheldon said in the memo that it was time for him to move on, but he did not say where he was going, according to Kozempel, who teaches history at the school.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | By KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUTUMN Adkins Graves, the first African-American and first female president of Girard College, will leave the school in June, she said Tuesday. Graves, 39, presided over a difficult stretch for the private North Philadelphia boarding school founded by 19th-century merchant-banker Stephen Girard for orphan boys. Serious money problems forced the school to enroll fewer students, lay off staff and end a weekend residential program. Graves said that family concerns led to her decision to step down.
SPORTS
March 15, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Dwan Cooper stood slumped against a whitewashed cinder-block wall, speaking in a voice that would have made a whisper sound like a shout from the highest mountain. His eyes were still red and the gentle heaves came every few seconds. A dozen minutes earlier, Cooper and his Girard College basketball teammates had been ousted from the PIAA Class A tournament by Holy Name, of Reading, in one of the most painful ways imaginable. The final score, in overtime, at Coatesville High in an intense, interesting quarterfinal was Holy Name 40, Girard College 39. It was Holy Name's only lead.
SPORTS
December 18, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tyrone Morris, who only nine months ago led Girard College to its first PIAA Class A state boys' basketball championship, has been dismissed as the Cavaliers' head coach just two games into the 2009-10 season. Sabrina Allen, Girard College athletic director, said Morris resigned in a meeting yesterday. Morris said he was fired. "I was asked to resign, and I didn't want to resign," Morris, 32, said. "Now I'm no longer the coach. I take that as being fired. " Said Allen: "He has resigned.
SPORTS
January 20, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now, this was much closer than expected. Many though Imhotep Charter's Martin Luther King Day game with Girard College would be a breeze. That's because the Panthers are The Inquirer's seventh-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are an unproven Class A squad. At least that was the thought before yesterday's nonleague game. Imhotep defeated Girard College, 56-48, at the Panthers' gym. The victory improved the Panthers to 15-1.
NEWS
June 5, 2013
I READ WITH distress the news of impending disastrous changes at Girard College. This proposal is a thinly disguised termination plan. The whole purpose of the school is to provide a complete, stable living and studying environment for the students' full growing years. Cutting back returns those kids to the hard streets that the school was explicitly designed to replace. As a 1964 grad, I know first-hand of the extraordinary contribution of this school, a contribution even more important today.
SPORTS
January 26, 1990 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
If an amendment to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association constitution is approved this summer, Girard College will become the first school from Philadelphia to join the PIAA. Girard College athletic director Bill Gallagher said the boarding school had initially applied for PIAA membership last spring after a futile attempt to align with a conference. PIAA District 1 chairman James Gallagher said he expected the amendment, which would permit Philadelphia schools to join the PIAA, to be approved by member schools, allowing Girard to join the association for the 1990-91 school year.
NEWS
February 28, 1992 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Squeezed between rising costs and a decline in income because of lower interest rates in the bond markets, Girard College has laid off 34 employees in what officials said is the largest round of layoffs at the privately endowed boarding school in 40 years. Twenty-five workers in maintenance, grounds, housekeeping and other support services were laid off Feb. 18, along with nine administrators. Three part- time music teachers also lost their positions, union officials said. Howard B. Maxwell, president of Girard, referred all questions to the board of directors of City Trusts, the public body that oversees the Girard Estate and 121 other city trust funds.
NEWS
October 19, 1990 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Girard College, whose bitter 1982 teachers' strike was the longest school strike in Pennsylvania history, is in the midst of another contract dispute. Teachers at the privately endowed boarding school for low-income students in the city's Fairmount section have been working without a contract since their four-year contract expired Aug. 31. A representative from the state mediator's office is involved in the talks. The two sides are reported to be far apart on wages. The union, affiliated with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, represents the school's 66 teachers.
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July 31, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IT MAY HAVE been the only time in her 66-year existence that Karen Asper Jordan didn't know what to say. It happened on the afternoon of Aug. 3, 1965 - 50 years ago. For 13 weeks, the 16-year-old Simon Gratz High School student had thrown her body and soul into the fight to desegregate Girard College in North Philadelphia, a stone's throw from her home. As a charter member of civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore's "Young Militants," Karen Asper had sung "freedom songs" into the summer nights and would scream bloody murder that coming winter when she saw cops beat her friend nicknamed "Tree" to within an inch of his life at a protest.
NEWS
July 21, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DELORES M. Andy had two heroines. There was Goldie E. Watson, a legendary Philadelphia civil rights leader who ran the Model Cities Program and told Congress where to get off when it found her in contempt for not answering questions about Communism in the McCarthy-era Red scare. The other was Ida B. Wells, journalist, crusader for justice and women's rights firebrand of the 1920s. Goldie Watson, who died in 1994, had a direct influence on Delores Andy, leading her into civil rights causes, including the march to integrate Girard College in 1965.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Gaskill, 92, of Jenkintown, a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime dentist in Northeast Philadelphia, died Monday, July 6, of complications from a stroke at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gaskill practiced dentistry for a half-century, initially from the basement of his home on Large Street and later from offices at 7958 Bustleton Ave. and in Cheltenham. "He was the dentist of 50 years who bartered his expertise many times for baked goods when his patients couldn't pay their bill.
NEWS
June 20, 2015
ISSUE | GIRARD COLLEGE Hershey kisses Milton Hershey School's connection with Girard College stands strong, and, like Girard, Hershey prides itself on providing children with an opportunity to escape poverty ("Merger with Hershey would be sweet," June 16). We have collaborated with Girard for years and will continue to share our expertise. Like Stephen Girard, Milton and Catherine Hershey set out a clear vision of helping children succeed. Hershey visited Girard's campus, embracing some of his practices.
NEWS
June 17, 2015
ISSUE | LEARNING Shared effort Mayor Nutter points to compelling evidence that early learning contributes to long-term academic, social, and economic achievement ("Nutter, Kenney trumpet new push for early-childhood learning," June 3). The city's Running Start effort is built on the concept of collective impact to improve the well-being and academic prowess of young Philadelphians. Similarly, the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership and its complementary home visitation models serve pregnant and parenting families until the youngest child reaches 5 years of age and enters school.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the letter from the Gates Foundation landed on Lawndale Street in April, Virginia "Ginny" Dennis and her son Brandon started screaming. "Is Miss Ginny OK?" a neighbor asked as they stepped out of their Juniata Park rowhouse. "Because we heard her hollering. " More than OK. Miss Ginny's son had just been awarded a full scholarship to both college and graduate school. He's going to Harvard. At 17, Brandon Dixon is used to defying the odds. With the guidance of Dennis - a spirited, single mother who worked as a medical lab technician - he won a spot at Girard College in fifth grade and has received a free, college-prep education at the private school in Fairmount.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Girard trusted that Philadelphia officials would use his fortune and his detailed instructions to guide Girard College, the stone-walled, 43-acre boarding school for poor kids, after he died in 1831. They've been fighting about it ever since. Girard's may be "the most litigated will in history," Orphans' Court Judge Joseph O'Keefe noted last year, when he rejected the Board of Directors of City Trusts plan to close Girard's high school and dorms until it enlarges its endowment and improves its programs.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now-aging firebrands who endured fear and pain to desegregate Girard College 50 years ago walked smiling past its imposing stone walls Friday. They were greeted on the steps of Founder's Hall by red-blazered students - mostly minorities - who applauded, then sang for the 10 so-called freedom fighters, whose efforts opened the school for the very kids who were honoring them. "We are your legacy," senior Brandon Dixon, a national scholarship winner bound for Harvard, told the one-time demonstrators, one of whom cried openly.
NEWS
March 24, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HATTIE MIMS found an unusual way to disarm a cop. She was demonstrating with Cecil B. Moore to force the integration of Girard College in 1966, and the police were taking some of the more rowdy protesters away. But when an officer came up to Hattie, apparently with every intent of putting her in handcuffs, she said, "I'll pray for you. " The cop went away - his blessing intact. Hattie Mims, a community and political activist and veteran of the civil-rights struggle of the 1960s, died March 11. She was 98 and lived for many years in West Philadelphia.
SPORTS
February 24, 2015 | BY KATE HARMAN, For the Daily News
SABRINA ALLEN likes to say that she "bleeds basketball. " "Cut me open," she tells her Imhotep girls' basketball players, "that's all you are going to see is basketball. " The coach of the Panthers, in her sixth year, has turned the program into one of the most intense and consistent in the city. In other words, her players bleed basketball, too. And yesterday afternoon, Imhotep took home its second straight Public League championship by defeating Mastery Charter North, 61-33, at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena.
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