By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local dental school is celebrating a big birthday.

Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry is marking it’s 150th anniversary, according to Dean Dr. Amid Ismail.

“It’s the second oldest dental school in the country in continuous existence. It started in Philadelphia during the Civil War by a physician dentist, who decided he wanted to develop a school that could prepare trained dentists in a structured program.”

The event will be marked by a gala at the Barnes Foundation and free dental care for current patients on Saturday April 13th.

Ismail says 40 percent of all trained dentists working in Pennsylvania were students at Temple’s Dental School.

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