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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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Germantown Community Basketball Tournament Service Award  Jane Ellis and Lynard Stewart

By OJ Spivey for the Philadelphia Tribune

Former Simon Gratz High School and Temple University basketball star Lynard Stewart is a well-known name in the history of Philadelphia sports, having played on the powerhouse Bulldogs teams of the early 1990s and then with the collegiate Owls on North Broad Street.

Currently, he is grooming the next generation of leaders through his Backboard program focused on empowering young men to connect with and improve their surrounding neighborhoods.

On Dec. 11, Stewart was honored with a Community Service Award during the 31st Germantown Community Basketball Tournament at Germantown Friends School. The tournament included city varsity teams from Friends, Gratz Mastery Charter, William Bodine High School for International Affairs, Parkway Northwest, Paul Robeson High School for Human Services and St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls.

Stewart returned to his high school alma mater in 2015 as its boys head basketball coach. His team was the runner-up for the tournament title to the host Germantown Friends. St. Hubert won the girls title over Friends.

Stewart wears several hats as the dean of students at Gratz, an assistant recreation leader for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and a behavioral health specialist at the Philadelphia Mental Health Center in Washington Square.

“Wearing those hats, I am often asked about it but it is almost like a normal routine day for me,” says Stewart. “Even if I feel tired, it is like, you know what? You had an impact on a lot of lives today, literally saving someone’s life.”

Dr. Zarah Adams, who presented the awards to Stewart and Jane Ellis, founder of Germantown Community Fridge, is director of community engagement at Germantown Friends School. “I think it is wonderful for our students and community members to see the leaders who are out supporting people and holding them together with all that is going on.”

Ellis, a teacher at Greene Street Friends School, founded the Germantown Community Fridge in 2020 to provide free perishable and non-perishable food to neighborhood residents in need. There are two locations: 20 W. Armat St. and 19 E. High St. Many groups and non-profits, including the GFS Upper School Community Engagement Club, help maintain and fill the fridges.

“We started the program in order to fight food insecurity, access, and to reduce food waste in the Northwest part of the city,” says Ellis. “It is open for people 24 hours, 7 days a week. Our slogan is ‘For the community, by the community’” Each school that participated in the twoday tournament also donated to the fridge in a food drive.

Stewart was mentored by two coaching giants in Philadelphia sports history, Bill Ellerbee at Gratz and the late John Chaney at Temple. Stewart is passing those life lessons on to a new generation of players. He still speaks with Ellerbee often.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the coaches in my life. They wasn’t just coaches to any of us,” Stewart says. “They were leaders, father figures, role models. Being able to call either of them on the phone, that is so important to me. I am constantly following in their footsteps and their shadows with the kids that I impact.”

The overall goal of the Germantown Friends’ community basketball tournament and awards ceremony was to celebrate three decades of connecting students and neighbors through a shared love of basketball and athletics.

“It takes a village to support one another,” Adams said. “It is so important that we see the humanity in everyone and I think the pandemic opened our eyes to that. It leveled the playing field and showed we all can use a little help sometimes.”

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