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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 highlights 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

Special Conversation with NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker '94

2021 date to be determined

This special event will be held in memory of Marilyn Frank, beloved wife of David Feldman '76, mother of Sarah '06 and Michael '10, and dedicated advocate for advancing progressive political causes locally and nationally.

Giving Day: Anniversary Edition

Friday, February 12

Held the week of Valentine's Day each year, Giving Day is a special opportunity for all members of our community to come together to celebrate our cherished GFS experiences. On February 12, we ask everyone to contribute to GFS through the Annual Fund, unlocking generous challenge gifts, and to connect with us on social media using #ShowYourLoveGFS.

Music Showcase

2021 date to be determined

Let's gather to sing, dance, and enjoy the musical talents of our community! We are excited to bring together GFSers of all ages for this joyful musical event. 

Save the Date! Alumni Weekend

May 14–16, 2021

Virtual plans are underway with special reunion activities planned for classes with years ending in '00, '01, '05, and '06. If you would like to get involved, please contact Brandon Jones '00, Director of Alumni Relations, at bjones@germantownfriends.org.

A Virtual 175th Celebration!

May 15, 2021

Our largest celebration of the year—a virtual "evening-in" fundraiser to support scholarship at GFS! If you are interested in getting involved, please email Duane Michelle Sims, Special Events Manager, at dsims@germantownfriends.org.

 



GFS History: A Timeline

Anniversary Event News

GFS Trivia

DID YOU KNOW?

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