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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

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In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

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We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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New Varsity Baseball Coach Randy Mower
New Varsity Baseball Coach Randy Mower

Randy Mower will be the new Head Coach of the Varsity Baseball program.
 
Randy came to GFS in 2012 after a professional baseball career with the Washington Nationals. Prior to the Nationals, he was a three-time pitcher of the year for the Division I St. Joseph’s University Baseball Program. For the past six years, Randy has coached Varsity and Middle School Baseball at GFS.
 
At St. Joe’s, Randy distinguished himself as an outstanding pitcher and overall athlete. A four-year starter, in his sophomore year Randy gained acclaim by leading the team in starts, innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts. As a junior, he was named MVP and was included in the All-Philadelphia Big 5 Team. As a senior, Randy was named Pitcher of the Year for the third time in a row, and was chosen as the Big 5 Pitcher of the week, in addition to receiving the Raymond Vasquez Award–exemplifying the Jesuit value of being “a person for others.” Former coaches noted his versatility and consistency; traits illustrated by the fact that he still holds the record as the all-time SJU leader in games started as a pitcher (56); pitching well over 300 innings in his career.
 
This distinguished college record led to signing with the Washington Nationals as a free agent. There, Randy pitched in the Gulf Coast Nationals team. He then migrated to the coaching side and branched out to become an instructor at many baseball camps and organizations in the region, including the Quakertown Blazers, the Maplezone Muckdawgs, Haverford College Baseball Camps, and TSE Academy.
 
In 2012, Randy joined the Germantown Friends Varsity program as an assistant coach, and for the past two seasons, Randy took on heading the sixth through eighth grade program.
 
Randy's role at GFS is now tied into many aspects of the school community. He teaches Health Education in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, a role that helps him know the athletes not just on the diamond but during the course of the school day. 

Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark noted that his work as a health educator informs his holistic approach to coaching, and gives him an added edge when it comes to the psychology of sports.  
 
She comments, "With Coach Mower, we have truly found someone who knows the science of baseball, the culture of competition that we strive for; plus he has established meaningful relationships with our athletes. As a teacher-coach, Coach Mower has been invaluable to our community. I am confident that he will inspire individual improvement and bring a dynamic, new philosophy to the GFS Baseball Program."
 
Randy reflects, "I am extremely excited for the opportunity to become the head coach of the Varsity Baseball Program. I hope to build a positive culture that spans the entire Baseball Program, from the Middle School teams through the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams, and to continue the historic excellence of GFS Baseball in the Friends Schools League."
 

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