Alumni Weekend Is Here!

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Founding members of AAPHSG

The School District of Philadelphia is hosting an all Alumni Weekend. The Philadelphia High School for Girls would like to welcome all Alumnae to the school from 9 AM to 12 PM on Friday, November 8. We will be offering tours of the school, light refreshments, a meet and greet with the Principal, and selling Alumnae Gear. Our own Jill Scott (234) is being honored by the District in a celebration on November 7 at the Fillmore Hotel. Register for it here. https://phillyalumni.nationbuilder.com/homecoming There is a tailgate party at Navy Yard on the 9th. Learn more at the link below. https://phillyalumni.com/homecoming-2019 There is a prize for the school with the most spirit.  Please fill out the brief form below, if you plan to attend on the 8th. Alumnae Survey We will be giving free shirts to anyone registered to attend the event on the 9th. If you can’t attend, we’ll […]

Special Message to Customers of the Annual Luncheon Weekend Shop

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Special message to Alumnae Shop Customers

To our Alumnae Sisters and Customers: Response to our Annual Luncheon & Meeting Pop-up Shop was greater than anticipated by the small band of alumnae who volunteered to sort, package, label and ship orders. What we thought would be 25 – 30 orders turned out to be over 150 orders. Our wildest dream was to exhaust product on hand. But when product on hand was insufficient to meet the weekend’s demand, we had to place new merchant orders to get product in house, which put us a couple of weeks behind immediately. Please accept our apologies for the delay in shipping your goods. Rest assured, you will receive your order. All product is now in house. And while packing and shipping has been slowed by the demands of family, jobs, and holidays, we will not disappoint the good faith you entrusted to us when you placed your order! We don’t […]

In Loving Memory of Merrill Hakim

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Alumnae remember Merill Hakim, Past President of the Board

As members of the Board of the Alumnae Association of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, we have more precious memories of Merrill than we can list here.  Merrill was an active, contributing member of our Board for multiple terms, eventually serving as President and remaining active as First Vice President.  Our leadership skills were sharpened by her mentorship and friendship as Merrill contributed to our most important initiatives.  She remained active through health challenges in an heroic battle with cancer. Richly inspired by her courage, we mourn her loss. On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Merrill Hakim passed away at the age of 73, after a courageous 6 year battle with lung cancer. She was a loving wife of 39 years to Nial McInerney; mother to Liora Hakim Kirby (Steve Katona), and doting grandmother to Dylan, Ashlyn, Joshua and Samantha. She also leaves sister Susan Sommovilla (John Fisher) and a […]

Howardena Pindell, GHS Jan. 1961: What Remains To Be Seen

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Howardena Pindell, Distinguished Daughter, Jan. 1961

Howardena Pindell (January 1961), Groundbreaking, Multidisciplinary Artist and Distinguished Daughter Her work will be on exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL for just a few more days, May 20th. However, her art works are in the permanent collections of major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art,and the Brooklyn Museum in NY; the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in PA; the National Gallery of Art in Washington; and many others. Trained as a painter, Pindell has challenged the staid traditions of the art world and asserted her place in its history as a woman and one of African descent. She is an internationally recognized painter, university level educator, and museum official.  Since the 1960s, she has used materials such as glitter, talcum powder, and perfume to stretch the boundaries of the rigid tradition of rectangular, canvas painting. She has also […]

Lorraine Rena (Perloff) Brill, Thank You!

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Alumnae Association appreciates Lorraine Rena Perloff Brill

On Oct. 21, 2017, beloved wife of the late Martin Brill; loving mother of Joni (Todd) Brill Dashoff, Ilene (Martin Klinger) Brill and David Brill; adored grandmother of Jared and Alan Dashoff passed. Services were held on Wednesday, October 25th at Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks, where we united to share appreciation of an unforgettable presence on our Alumnae Association Board. A Life Well Lived Lorraine worked as a children’s librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia and was thus a lifelong proponent of libraries and their importance in the lives of children. She had a keen understanding of the importance of civic activism in a democratic society and could be counted on as a regular presence and speaker at community meetings in her neighborhood and at City Council meetings at City Hall. As a loyal Girls’ High alumna and parent of two alumnae, Lorraine provided many eloquent tributes and hours of work on […]

Reflections: 2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon: Educate a Girl, Change the World

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Annual Luncheon and Meeting with the Honorable Shirley Clarke Franklin

Alumnae and invited guests attended the 128th Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon held April 22nd at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The theme, “Educate a Girl: Change the World,” promoted and celebrated the investment in girls’ education. We gathered and the fellowship was rich This year, attendees were greeted by a new addition, a spectacular new backdrop giving the luncheon a red-carpet ambiance. Opening the luncheon were words of praise for our Alma Mater from the Honorable Jim Kenny, Mayor of Philadelphia; Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia and Joyce Wilkerson, Chair of the School Reform Commission. After our special guests’ greetings, the business portion of the annual meeting was officially opened. The top order of business was a vote to update our articles of incorporation to comport with current IRS codes. Our sisters overwhelmingly approved the amendment to the articles of incorporation. Honorable Shirley Clarke […]

The Future Is Now

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New Membership Platform

To accomplish the goals of our strategic plan, we’ve updated our membership infrastructure to take advantage of new technology.  In a phased implementation, the Alumnae Association is updating our website and membership portal.  The new platform gives us a centralized dashboard for 90% of our activities, improving communication, transparency, and engagement. Here are a few of the benefits you’ll see: Manage your own member profile and contact information Manage dues payments and donations with just a few clicks from your phone Search for members and send secure emails through the membership directory Manage your privacy levels individually and independently Organize every aspect of your class reunions from a single dashboard Communicate through email and text blasts without third party advertising or cost Share photos and event announcements with greater ease With our new platform, we’ll modernize fundraising drives and share accurate progress transparently.  In later phases, we’ll enable a mobile app, […]

Girls High Girls Are Everywhere

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US Consulate in Barcelona, Tanya Anderson

By Tanya “Rafika” Anderson, Posted April 13, 2015 U.S. Consul General Barcelona Girls High Girl – Class of 218 Dear fellow Class of 218 Alumnae, Mrs. Bea Batt-Behar, a Spanish teacher at Girls High wrote to me on February 25, informing me that she would be leading a group of students on a visit to Spain in March. The travelers spent a few days in Madrid, and then they landed in Barcelona yesterday, accompanied by a parent chaperone, Mr. Ricardo Linero. Stationed overseas since 1993, I have been trying to find a way to get back and give back to our alma mater, so I was more than delighted to receive the group of eight visitors from Philadelphia at the U.S. Consulate this morning. We met for nearly two hours and spoke at length about their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. I shared with them my experiences at Girls High as […]