John Story Jenks School

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John Story Jenks School
Germantown and Southampton Avenues, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type Public
Established 1924
Principal Mary Lynskey
Grades K–8
Enrollment 600
Mascot Jaguars
Affiliation School District of Philadelphia
John Story Jenks School
John Story Jenks School is located in Pennsylvania
John Story Jenks School
Location 8301-8317 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°04′30″N 75°12′12″W / 40.0749°N 75.2032°W / 40.0749; -75.2032Coordinates: 40°04′30″N 75°12′12″W / 40.0749°N 75.2032°W / 40.0749; -75.2032
Built 1922
Built by Cramp & Co.
Architect Irwin T. Catharine
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival
Governing body Local
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 88002286[1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

John Story Jenks School is a public school in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, and is part of the School District of Philadelphia. J. S. Jenks serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade and has a student population of about 600. There are two classes in each grade as well as specialized programs for life skills, inclusion/learning support and gifted support. Jenks students are required to wear school uniforms.[2]


The school from Germantown Avenue

J. S. Jenks was built in 1922-1924 in Tudor Revival/Late Gothic Revival style and designed by Irwin T. Catherine, longtime architect for the School District. The building is yellow brick and is relatively ornate with a parapet and stylized Flemish gable at the top of the building. It was designed by architect Irwin T. Catharine and was built by Cramp & Co.. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

J. S. Jenks was named after John Story Jenks, the merchant, of Randolph and Jenks, who was also a director of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia Trust Company, Western Savings Fund, Western National Bank and the Insurance Company of North America. His home, Inglewood Cottage, designed by Cope & Stewardson, is also located in Chestnut Hill.

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder patterns[edit]

Residents zoned to Jenks were also zoned to Germantown High School.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ J. S. Jenks policies
  3. ^ Pazulski, Kristin (2007-01-25). "Miss Pennsylvania comes home to J.S. Jenks". The Chestnut Hill Local. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  4. ^ "A Directory of High Schools for 2009 Admissions" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. Accessed November 6, 2008.

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