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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

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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.

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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.

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Tigers' Upper School Weekly Scoreboard: Week of Jan. 11 - Jan. 18

Indoor Track & Field Seniors Qualify for New Balance National Championship

Indoor Track & Field ventured to Virginia for the VA Showcase that took place on Friday and Saturday. Katya Henisz ’23 had a first-place photo-finish in the 3200m, closing the gap in the final lap from third place and winning by a nose in a mad dash in the last 150m. Henisz’s time of 11:16 set a new school record and qualified her for the New Balance Indoor National Championship currently ranking as the second fastest time in Pennsylvania and 23rd nationally. Check out Milesplit’s post-race interview with Katya, and watch the full race and epic ending here!

Simon Donovan ’23 also qualified for the Indoor National Championship with his mile time of 4:25.91, ranked ninth in Pennsylvania. Graham Greene ’23 set a personal record in the 300m with a time of 35.50 which put him as Pennsylvania’s third fastest in that event.

Girls Basketball Back On a Roll

The Girls Basketball Team stacked three wins last week to improve their record to 6-5-1 (1-2). 

The team had decisive wins over Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Cavalry Christian, and Friends Select. Across all three games, the Tigers notably shared the scoring production.

Against MLK, the game broke open after halftime. The Tigers exploded out of the huddle and put up 20 points in the third quarter while holding MLK to only four. High scoring was shared by Caroline Putnam ’23 and Taylor Linton ’28, both with eleven points. Sophomore Mia Rutledge ’25 added nine points to the Tigers’ 55-19 victory.

The Tigers were able to bounce back in Friends League play on Friday night in the city. Facing up against the Friends Select Falcons, the lock-down defense was key to GFS’ execution in the 46-18 win. The Tigers held their opponents to a scoreless first quarter, and the only first-half points for the Falcons came from connections at the free-throw line. Alayah Campbell ’25 had a team-high 18 points with two three-pointers. Putnam ’23 tacked on two more buckets from behind the arc and finished with ten points. Caroline Schure ’23 and Fiona Behan ’25 recorded six points a piece. 

Linton ’28 continued to make a splash against Cavalry Christian in a midday matchup and scored 22 points with two three-pointers. Once again the Tigers had their most productive minutes in the third quarter, scoring 16 points from contributions by Campbell ’25, Rutledge ’25, Linton ’28, and Schure ’23. While the scoring was abundant for girls squad, what may be most impressive was the Tigers’ defensive efforts. Cavalry Christian was held scoreless for the entirety of the second quarter, allowing GFS to gain momentum going into intermission. The final score was 46-18.

Boys Basketball Takes Hard Knocks

Tigers Boys Basketball could not yet secure their first Friends League win against the Friends Select Falcons. In a tough shooting day for the GFS squad, the Falcons came away with a 52-41 victory. The Tigers were edged out ever so slightly across the stat lines but were unable to convert Falcon turnovers into points. Jordan Dill ’26 continued his productive season, Dill ’26 scored sixteen points and tallied two assists, two steals, and a block. Junior Darius Frazier ’24 scored eleven points and nabbed nine rebounds. 

Despite an admirable second quarter defensively, the Tigers could not close out Dobbins Technical and lost 72-68. Down by six at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers came out of their huddle hungry for stops and held the Dobbins offense to a measly four points in the second quarter. GFS shot a masterful 48% from the field but was outmatched inside the paint. Frazier ’24 scored a career-high 30 points, shooting an impressive 77% from the field and adding seven points from the foul line. Naz Tyler ’27 scored twelve points off four three-pointers and finished the night with 17 points.

Girls Varsity Squash Remains Undefeated

The Girls Squash team has earned a 9-0 record after victories over the Hill School and Squash Smarts this week. 

Check back for a more detailed Girls Squash update soon!

Boys Varsity Squash

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Varsity Wrestling

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