Intangible Spirit Shines Bright at Graduation

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Alumnae Delivering Door kits

There is nothing like a Girls’ High girl! Our alumnae are amazing. Plans for mailing graduation goodies to the Class of 264 fell through due to a delay in production. We were not notified of the delay until the day the items were to be delivered. Without hesitation we put plan B into action; asking our alumnae to deliver boxes to little sisters that lived in their same, or close-by zip codes. We set up two delivery dates; Thursday 6/4 from 12-4 and Friday 6/5 from 9-noon to ensure the girls got their boxes by Friday at 5 PM. You came through in the crunch!!! 102 alumnae responded to the survey and were willing to step in and step up to assist. Because of the timing we had to move at warp speed. Please forgive us if we made a few minor mistakes, and charge it to our heads and […]

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 […]

Remembering Evelyn Denenberg Richman

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Remembering Evelyn Denenberg Richman

Evelyn Denenberg Richman passed away peacefully from complications of a stroke on January 17, 2018, at the age of 87. She was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Rose Denenberg; her brother, Simon Denenberg; and her beloved husband, Sandy Richman. She is survived by her son, Barry (Deborah) and daughter, Jeanne (Carol-Ann). She was Bubbie Bubbles to Sarah and Jacob. Evelyn’s passions were her family, the Phillies (she threw out a first pitch on Susan Komen Day), The Walk for the Cure (to which she gave countless volunteer hours), and her Philadelphia High School for Girls June 1948 class (she was one of the stars in the1998 GHS Sesquicentennial video). She asked that her remains be donated to medical science, which was done through the Humanity Gifts Registry of Philadelphia. In memory of Evelyn’s life, please consider a donation to the Alumnae Association of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, […]

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 […]