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On the scene for the last day of Germantown High School's life (1914-2013)

By the Notebook on Jun 21, 2013 08:23 PM
Photo: Bas Slabbers/NewsWorks

Many teachers donned "GTown '13" T-shirts. It was a way to show pride in the staff, students, leadership and the community.

by Aaron Moselle and Brian Hickey for NewsWorks

Jenia Jolley stood on the shoulder of East High Street and snapped a second photo of Germantown High School.

The first was taken earlier in the morning with her husband, Terrence Furtick, inside the gym of their soon-to-be-closed alma mater.

It's where the couple first met.

"I was in 10th [grade], and he was graduating," said Jolley on Friday, the final day of classes at GHS.

The tender moment was as much about rekindling the past as it was about preserving it for the future.

Standing steps away from Jolley was her young daughter. She and Furtick brought her along for a brief family history lesson that they hope will stay with her for years to come.

"It's sad that they're closing, but at least she's old enough to see where we started," said Jolley before heading off to work.

Germantown High is one of the 24 schools closing due to the Philadelphia School District's budget crisis this year.

A number of GHS underclassmen trickled in and out of the 99-year-old building Friday morning for final goodbyes of their own. 

Read the rest of this story at NewsWorks

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Comments (6)

Submitted by JMH (not verified) on June 21, 2013 8:59 pm
God Bless these people...their heart ache is felt at UCITY, VAUX, and many other schools in the district. It has been a tough year and it should not be forgotten that many people fought hard and valiantly for the students of these schools. Many of these people are good hard working people who care deeply for kids....keep the faith....your work is not for nothing!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 2:59 am
I'm sorry but I worked at Germantown as a teacher and it was my worse year in all the 15 years I've worked with the district!!!! I am not sad to see it closing!!! The students( most, not all) were violent, apathetic thugs!!! It was nearly impossible to teach there. It needs to close it was horrible there!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 5:18 am
Go back in your hole you moron. This is not about YOU. What a damn narcissistic idiot.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 6:20 am
You're biggest problem at Germantown was obviously your attitude. Students pick up very fast when you think of them as "thugs".
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 22, 2013 9:17 am
I also worked at Germantown 6 of the 10 years i've been in the district. I loved working there. There were many fantastic kids there and a wonderful, welcoming staff. There are rough kids at any school in this district, but it's much about the way you treat them and they way you manage your classroom. Constant turnover of administration & staff, including people who came in angry b/c they were force transferred were as much of a problem as anything.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 23, 2013 8:23 pm
Graduated Gtown in 67, taught there in 71,72, met my wife on the picket line and enjoyed working with the P.E. Dept.

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