Mobile Trigger
  • Voices of GFS
  • Campus
  • Values

Tier 3 Container

Treatments Container

Close

Campus Container

explore our CAMPUS

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.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

Values Container

The Pillars of A

Quaker Education

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.

Grid Container

speak the truth

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.

stay connected

"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.

keep it simple

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.

promote peace

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.

Previous
  • Truth
  • Shine
  • Connected
  • Simple
  • Care
  • Peace
Next

Faces Container

Media

previous
next
Edit in Media Manager
Pam Lutz Leaves Legacy After Forty+ Years of Service in Athletics 


Pam Lutz’s retirement celebrates more than four decades of service to GFS as a beloved coach and physical education teacher, twenty of which she also served as the Girls Athletic Director. Throughout her career, Pam earned numerous accolades but what she is most proud of are the connections she made with students. 

“It’s always been all about the relationships with the athletes. When you’re in the thick of things coaching, it’s the relationships that you build with the athletes that are the most memorable. It’s not the championships; it’s about the process. It’s not about the wins or losses or whether you achieve a goal or not. It’s about the athletes that you work with, teach, and build relationships with,” said Pam. 

Since her first year on campus in 1982, Pam was a mainstay with the Tiger Field Hockey program, guiding the varsity team until 2000, and leading the Tigers to 14 Friends Schools League Championships – the most in FSL history. For many years, Pam steered the middle school field hockey program, where she welcomed and nurtured athletes new to the sport, allowing them to fail safely and feel 100% supported as they learned the game. Many of GFS’s top field hockey players were coached by Pam and in turn, developed a love for the fast-paced and intricate game. 

This past fall, Pam was honored with a  golden stick – a celebration of greatness in the sport – by her players and fellow coaches for her devotion to Tiger Field Hockey.

Pam honed her field hockey expertise as an elite athlete at West Chester University under the legendary field hockey coach Vonnie Gros. She also played badminton for the Golden Rams. 

Throughout her teaching career, Pam taught hundreds of eager young movers with an attention to every detail. She infused students with the confidence to try new skills, navigate challenges, resolve differences respectfully, and find joy in movement. Pam is a master teacher.  

“Although there are endless examples of how Pam knew exactly what everyone needed throughout the day, months and years, what I feel truly is the legacy Pam leaves behind is the need, want, and passion to do whatever it takes to do it right," said Director of Physical Education Anya Erz. 

“From day in and day out, Pam ensured that lessons were developmentally appropriate and met the students’ energy for the day. She set up thousands of gyms – where you can always hear the screams of joy coming from students as they participate in Pam's class. She fought to ensure equal opportunity for girls and women in sports and the workplace; when equality was in question, Pam was an advocate, ally, and trailblazer.

“Pam’ s ability to read other's emotions and be a confidant to me, the PE department, and all others around the school will be greatly missed. Her level-headed and truth-telling always resonated with me and is something I hope to one day hold as well as Pam does.

“Although Pam received and deserved many accomplishments and accolades, the biggest compliment I can thank Pam for is her 40 years of love and care to every student at GFS and ensuring every student had a voice,” added Erz.

“As the Director of Girls Athletics for 20 years, Pam was the ultimate promoter of equity and access in sports. There is a leader in place or an expert teacher in a role that Pam hired, coached, or mentored in every corner of the school. Mentoring came naturally to Pam: in each situation, she asked the right questions, demanded truthfulness, and had high expectations, all while supporting individuals to become a better version of themselves,” said Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark. 

During Pam’s tenure as Athletic Director, GFS added Girls Soccer and Softball and as well as solidified pathways for Lower School students to be introduced to numerous sports through the Girls Sports Camp, which she created. This foundational camp still operates with the same philosophy as when it started: providing the opportunity for girls to try different sports in a positive and low pressure environment, with mentorship from our high level Upper School athletes and coaches. Girls Sports Camp introduced hundreds of campers to their love of sports.

More so, Pam was at the helm of the Softball, Lacrosse, and Basketball programs, serving at the Varsity, JV, and Middle School levels.

When Pam reflects on her time as a coach and teacher, she beams. She’s quick to share that again, it’s the simple things and connections with students that have the experience so meaningful. 

“When you teach and coach, there is often that moment – that little snapshot in time – when a player catches the ball or gets a skill that makes it all worth it. It happened in class just the other day,” said Pam with a huge smile. 

Not loving the spotlight, Pam is quick to reflect praise on the people who have made her tenure so successful. 

“I could go on and on with all the people who have been there for me. All great coaches have a whole bunch of people to make it all work. It’s not me, it’s the whole department. All the coaches I’ve worked with have been fantastic! It’s the relationships with these coaches – and the students – that will be hard to leave. But it’s time.”

Instead of heading to Smith Gym at the start of her day, or Fields in the afternoon as she’s done since the early 80’s, Pam’s schedule will look much different. 

“I’m going to get back into golfing, play pickleball, visit my family, do more gardening, and read books. Things that retired people look forward to! I told some of the student-athletes that I’ll try to come back and watch a game or two, so I will. I’ll miss being here. It’s been fun.”

germantown.friends.school.pam.lutz.golden.stick

 

News Archive