Germantown High School
The Philadelphia school district made the controversial decision to close down two dozen public schools this year.
Alumni of now-closed Germantown High School have to find a new tradition, now that the 39-year-old Thanksgiving football showdown with Martin Luther King High is no more.
Longtime “Tonight Show” bandleader Kevin Eubanks and his trumpet-playing brother Duane were back in their hometown of Philadelphia, teaching master music classes at the Kensington High School for Creative and Perform Arts.
More than 300 students have transferred from Germantown High (a longtime rival of MLK), which shut down at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
Plans to bring new life to the just-closed Germantown High School building have taken a detour.
Camelot Schools, a private company which runs three alternative schools in Philadelphia, is interested in leasing the building that used to house Germantown High.
Wednesday was a bittersweet day in the storied history of Germantown High School, which is shutting down after this school year.
The historic school is one of nearly two dozen Philadelphia public schools slated to close at the end of the academic term.
Superintendent William Hite said the district can’t afford to maintain underutilized schools. “The district’s financial challenges jeopardize its survival.”
When the closing bell rang Thursday, students began learning about the fate of their school.
Among the high schools to close are Germantown High, Strawberry Mansion High, University City High, and Bok Tech.
Philadelphia police say a teenager is in custody, charged with rape for the alleged assault of a female student inside Germantown High School last Friday.
At Germantown High School, prosecutors from the US attorney’s office in Philadelphia took a different tack in addressing some of the city’s most pressing issues: gun violence and bullying.
There’s a special after-school program in Philadelphia where high school kids create beautiful works of art to brighten the lives of those who are less fortunate.
Some students at Germantown High School are just back from a trip to New Orleans, where they delivered a gift of handmade stained glass.