October 11, 2013 |
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Just over four decades ago, Deborah Simon, a shy teenager whose parents were going through a difficult divorce, rode up the grand, tree-lined entrance of Mercersburg Academy to study amid the hills of south-central Pennsylvania. By the time Simon graduated in 1974, the daughter of an Indianapolis shopping-mall magnate had gained a second family of friends from all over the country, an acting portfolio, and, most importantly, confidence. On Thursday, Mercersburg will unveil Simon's stunning payback to her alma mater: a $100 million gift that equals the second-largest donation to a private secondary school in American history.
October 12, 2013 |
The rumor started flying through the hallways of central Pennsylvania's Mercersburg Academy even before the first bell rang out Thursday. What began in hushed tones in the 120-year-old prep school grew in volume to shock and awe as it was confirmed that alumna Deborah Simon was on campus to announce a $100 million donation. The present equaled the second-largest gift to a private secondary school in American history. "It's exciting for sure," said Mike Sweeney, head of the math department.
December 6, 1997 |
An expected early-season showdown at the opposite end of the state between two of Philadelphia's basketball powerhouses tonight won't be happening. Simon Gratz held up its end of the bargain last night by dispatching host Latrobe, 59-40, in the Rotary Invitational Tournament. But Roman Catholic struggled along with its star, Rasual Butler, in a 70-58 loss to Mercersburg Academy. Gratz, with its superior quickness, took control early and was never threatened seriously. Its withering man-to-man defense gave the Wildcats fits.
April 7, 2000 |
On the broad lawns of Mercersburg Academy and in the sunny classrooms of this 107-year-old prep school, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest says, he developed character, learned to respect education, and became ambitious. More than college or law school, Mercersburg taught him "that I could be someone," Lenfest says. And so it is to Mercersburg, a boarding school on 300 acres in the mellow hills west of Gettysburg, that Lenfest and his wife Marguerite are donating $35 million, a piece of the profits from the cable empire they built in the Philadelphia suburbs.
May 28, 2013
Baseball PUBLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Franklin Towne Charter vs. Frankford at Ashburn Field, FDR Park, 3:15 Softball DISTRICT 1 CLASS A SEMIFINALS Calvary Christian vs. Friends Select at Bristol, 4 Bristol vs. Delco Christian at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AA SEMIFINALS Lower Moreland vs. St. Basil at Upper Dublin, 4 Christopher Dock vs. Springfield (M) at Hatboro-Horsham, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS Villa Maria vs. Nazareth Academy at Harriton, 4 Chichester vs. Sun Valley at W.C. East, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA QUARTERFINALS W.C. Henderson at Pennsbury, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS Neshaminy at North Penn, 4 Baseball DISTRICT 1 CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP Devon Prep vs. Calvary Christian at Temple Ambler DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP Holy Ghost Prep vs. Upper Moreland at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 Baseball DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS Coatesville vs. Council Rock North at Glen Mills, 4 North Penn vs. Pennridge at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY 2013 Haverford School 2012 Malvern Prep 2011 Haverford School 2010 Germantown Academy 2009 Malvern Prep 2008 Germantown Academy 2007 Mercersburg Academy 2006 Malvern Prep 2005 Mercersburg Academy 2004 Germantown Academy 2003 Rain out 2002 William Penn Charter School 2001 Mercersburg Academy 2000 The Perkiomen...
February 27, 1999 |
The Germantown Academy girls' team claimed gold medals in four of the five finals held last night on the first day of competition of the 99th annual Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships at La Salle University. The Patriots were led by senior Lovisa Gustafsson and freshman Meghan Peart. Gustafsson won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 52.46 seconds, while Peart took the 50 freestyle in 23.26 seconds. Gustafsson and Peart also teamed with Marie Labosky and Lauren Rossi to win the 200 medley relay in 1:47.
March 2, 1987 |
She didn't shave. She didn't taper. She didn't even feel well. But the Baldwin School's Grace Cornelius did win. Twice, in fact, at the Eastern Interscholastic Swim Meet this weekend at La Salle University. "This is one of the most prestigious high school meets in the country," said Charlie Kennedy, who coaches Cornelius year-round at the Suburban Swim Club. "But Grace is at a point in her career where she won't peak for meets like this. She'll peak for senior nationals (in Boca Raton, Fla.)
May 29, 2010
Germantown Academy's powerful offense, highlighted by two home runs off the bat of John Citrone, carried the Patriots to the championship of the Pennsylavnia Independent Schools baseball tournament with a 14-4 win over Germantown Friends on Saturday at Perkiomen School. The top-seeded Patriots (29-3), who scored in double figures 14 times this season, outscored their four tournament opponents by 52-5. Sean Coyle doubled and tripled, and Greg Guers and Alex Wilson also lined doubles for Germantown Academy, which grabbed an 11-2 lead in three innings.
November 15, 2014 |
Mark Forrest was up to his old tricks Thursday in the PAISAA Tournament. A year after his penalty kick gave Hill School its first state soccer championship, Forrest delivered again to keep the Blues' chances for a repeat alive. Forrest weaved through two defenders in the box and scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute as fourth-seeded Hill School beat visiting, No. 9 Kiski School, 2-1, in a semifinal. Forrest, a senior, had both Blues goals. Hill will play Mercersburg Academy in the final Saturday at Cabrini College.