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175th Anniversary

Germantown Friends School 

Celebrating our creative community, highlighting our storied history, and looking toward our future.

Highlighting Our History

1881

A photo of the whole school, including faculty and staff.

GFS Giving Day
Show Your Love for GFS

Giving Day

Held the week of Valentine's Day each year, Giving Day is a special opportunity for our community to come together in fun and creative ways, and contribute to GFS through the Annual Fund.

Acquiring Athletic Fields

1920

The first parcel of Fields is acquired, an important step in the growth of campus and the connection between athletics and academics.

Supporting Science Innovation

2009

The game-changing, Gold LEED-certified Wade Science Center opens as the result of a $30 million campaign.

A New Head of School

1935

Marjorie Hardy, the new head of the GFS Primary School, emphasizes the importance of play in academic and social growth.

Expanding Early Childhood

2017

GFS extends its Early Childhood experience to Center City Philadelphia.

Championing Theatre Education

1918

Teacher Irvin Poley promotes the value of theatre in education, ushering in a new source of knowledge and joy.

Advocating for Athletics and Wellness

1980

Scattergood Gym is built to support a growing athletic and wellness program. 

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175th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating 175 Years of Quaker Education

We are delighted to commemorate our 175th anniversary—a year of celebrations that highlight our school’s history and milestones, recognizes our remarkable community, and launches us toward a bright and purposeful future guided by our strategic vision.

Read a letter from Head of School Dana Weeks to learn more about our celebration plans.

Attend an Event

A Virtual 175th Celebration!

May 15, 2021


Our culminating celebration of the year—a virtual "evening-in" fundraiser to support scholarship at GFS! Join us for a night of exciting news, musical guests, good vibes, and laughter. Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available on our website. This event is also part of our Alumni Weekend lineup of festivities! 

Music Showcase

May 1, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Let's gather to sing, dance, and enjoy the musical talents of our students and other members of our community! More details to follow. 

Save the Date! Alumni Week(end)

May 12–16, 2021

Virtual plans are underway with special reunion activities planned for classes with years ending in '0, '1, '5, and '6. There will be events all week long, concluding with the 175th Anniversary Celebration. If you would like to get involved, please contact Brandon Jones '00, Director of Alumni Relations, at bjones@germantownfriends.org.

Learn more about Alumni Week(end) below!

 



GFS History: A Timeline

175th Anniversary History Series

Former GFS history teacher Bill Koons began a history of the school in 1989. Building on his work, Tim Wood and Kate Stover, archivists and former GFS parents, have brought these stories to our community. Read more about the project here.

As you read these seven installments, you will walk through more than a hundred years of Germantown Friends School history. Along the way, you will discover how and why the school was founded, meet the people at the heart of the school, witness the evolving campus, become more familiar with curricular advances, and learn how the school responded to local and national challenges.  Stories, analysis, photos, and rich details will make the history of the school from 1845-1970 come alive.

Please enjoy the second story: "The Old School" here

Anniversary Event News

GFS Trivia

DID YOU KNOW?

The announcement for GFS' opening was published in the Quaker publication, The Friend, in 1845.

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