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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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March 23, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 6, 2016 | By Connor Northrup, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 20, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 11, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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