John Bartram High School
|John Bartram High School|
2401 South 67th Street
|School district||The School District of Philadelphia|
|Principal||Brian R. Johnson|
|Student to teacher ratio||19.31|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gray|
Bartram, John, High School
|Architect||Catharine, Irwin T.; McCloskey & Co.|
|MPS||Philadelphia Public Schools TR|
|NRHP reference No.||86003263 |
|Added to NRHP||December 4, 1986|
The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the School District of Philadelphia.
On February 5, 1939, John Bartram High School, located at the intersection of 67th Street and Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, opened for the first time to 1,700 students. According to a history of the school published on its 50th anniversary, the school was originally planned to be built at 74th Street and Dicks Avenue, but the site was changed before construction started. It was built to relieve overcrowding at West Philadelphia High School due to population increases in the southwest part of the city.
The art-deco building was designed for 2,750 students but frequently held 3,200 or more.
It was one of the first Philadelphia high schools named for a prominent individual rather than a geographic region of the city.
On December 4, 1986, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
School and site structure
The school was built in 1939 due to overcrowding in West Philadelphia High School. The school was named after a famous botanist, John Bartram. Mr. Cennamo, 11th grade climate coordinator, said, "originally the building consisted of four floors, but in the 21st century the 4th floor was blockaded from all students". The building is one city block long and the capacity of the school is about 3000 students. The blueprint of the school shows that there are approximately 103 classrooms and 12 staircases. The school has a boys' and a girls' gymnasium for different sporting events. The auditorium can hold about 1077 people.
John Bartram students must take four English classes to graduate. English classes are to help students improve their reading, grammar, writing skills, and vocabulary. Optional English classes include SAT English, AP English, Theater, Public Speaking, and AP English Literature.
- Joe Bryant (born 1954), basketball player who played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers
- Solomon Burke (1936 or 1940–2010), musician
- Bernie Custis (1928–2017), football player
- Mary Jane Fonder (1942–2018), convicted murderer
- Tyrone Garland (born 1992), basketball player
- Wilson Goode (born 1938), former mayor of Philadelphia
- DJ Jazzy Jeff (born 1965), musician
- Patti LaBelle (born 1944), singer, actress
- David Martin (born 1959), former gridiron football cornerback who played in the National Football League, Canadian Football League and United States Football League
- Earl Monroe (born 1944), basketball player who played in the NBA for the New York Knicks.
- Ann A. Mullen (1935–1994), politician who served as mayor of Gloucester Township, New Jersey and represented New Jersey's 4th legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Danny Rapp (1941–1983), Frank Maffei, Joe Terranova and David White (1939–2019), doo-wop group Danny & the Juniors
- Irvin "Bo" Roberson (1935–2001), football player, track athlete
- Al-Hajj Shabazz (born 1992), American football cornerback who played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Jimmy Wilkes (1925-2008), major league baseball outfielder in the Negro National League
- Erik Williams (born 1968), football player
- Frank Wolf (born 1939), Congressman for Virginia's 10th district
- "Bartram John - Main". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
- "Air Force JROTC Units Across the Nation"
- David Martin Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed February 22, 2021. "Born: March 15, 1959 (Age: 61-344d) in Philadelphia, PA... High School: John Bartram (PA)"
- Cady, Steve. "Earl Monroe: A Spectacular Shooter and a Master Showman", The New York Times, November 14, 1971. Accessed February 22, 2021. "At John Bartram High School, Monroe played center. After graduation, he spent one semester at Temple Prep before dropping out to take a $60‐a‐week job as a shipping clerk."
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, p. 238. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1991. Accessed February 22, 2021. "Ann A. Mullen, Dem., Gloucester Township: Assemblywoman Mullen was born on Oct. 24, 1935, in Philadelphia, Pa., and attended John Bartram High School in that city."
- Al-Hajj Shabazz, West Chester Golden Rams. Accessed February 22, 2021. "Hometown: Philadephia, Pa.; High School: John Bartram"