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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.

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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.

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.

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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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The Germantown Community Basketball Tournament Celebrates 30 Years

The Germantown Community Basketball Tournament Celebrates 30 Years

GFS celebrated the Germantown Community Basketball Tournament's 30th anniversary this past weekend.

Each year, the Germantown Community Basketball Tournament brings together high school students from different schools and provides an opportunity for exciting out-of-league match-ups between squads whose schedules would never otherwise intersect.

A number of neighboring schools participated in this year's tournament, including Roxborough High School, Parkway Northwest High School, Simon Gratz High School, and Bodine High School for International Affairs.

This year, GFS celebrated the tournament's 30th anniversary and the 50th summer of the Community Basketball Enrichment Camp. Started in the summer of 1971 by former GFS principal David Felsen, the Enrichment Camp provides an opportunity for children from the Germantown community. Proceeds from the tournament go directly to support the summer program.

GFS Girls Varsity Basketball won the tournament championship with a victory over Parkway Northwest High School (72-40), after defeating Bodine High School (49-7) in the opening game. Cadence Kelly '22 led the Tigers in the championship game, scoring 25 points, and was selected to the All-Tournament team. GFS Captain Desiree Norwood '21 was named the tournament's MVP.

GFS Boys Varsity Basketball defeated Bodine High School, but lost to Simon Gratz High in the championship. Matt Johnson '22 was named to the All-Tournament team.

One of the highlights of the tournament is the presentation of the Germantown Community Tournament Community Service Award, given to an individual who has done outstanding work within Northwest Philadelphia. This year, the award was presented to The Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation founders: Viola Owens, Sharif Hanford, Mike Morak, and Justin Scott. "We are honoring these individuals for what they did in the wake of tragedy, how they reacted to unimaginable sorrow," said GFS Athletics Director Katie Bergstrom Mark. "At some point in your life, you will face your own adversity or sadness. It is what you do in that situation that will often have the biggest impact on others."

The Rumph organization was founded in 2005 by Viola (along with Sharif, Mike, and Justin) in memory of her son, Danny Rumph. The foundation creates awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, providing screenings for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and donating automated defibrillators to community recreational facilities. Early in the foundations history, the honorees succeeded in getting AED devices installed in all Philadelphia Rec Centers, including Mallory Recreation Center in Germantown, now named the Danny Rumph Rec Center. 

"This is a time when we come together as a community," said Head of School Dana Weeks. "The players' passion always lights up the Scattergood Gym during this tournament. We look forward to another 30 years of growth and community connection."