South Philadelphia High School
|South Philadelphia High School
|2101 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148
|School district||The School District of Philadelphia|
|Principal||Otis Hackney III|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Website||South Philadelphia High School|
South Philadelphia High School from Broad Street
South Philadelphia High School also known as Southern High is a public secondary high school located in the south section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Broad Street and Snyder Avenue, just north of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex residential neighborhood, Marconi Plaza, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and near the Passyunk Avenue urban corridor of shops and restaurants.
The school, serving grades 9 through 12, is a part of the School District of Philadelphia.
Originally built in 1907 as the Southern Manual Training High School for boys. The Philadelphia School District administrators opened the School merely as a three year training facility for immigrant children, mostly Jewish and Italian, and children who lacked intellectual skills who “could only work with their hands”. But Israel Goldstein, a student, and first alumni scholarship winner in 1911, showed to school administrators that there was more promise for academics. He graduated the school at age 14 and then graduated the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 17. Israel Goldstein became a Rabbi, an author, spiritual leader and founder of Brandeis University in Waltham Mass. He became a leader of the Zionist movement in America and founder of the National Conference for Christians and Jews. Due in part to young Israel Goldstein as an example of student possibilities the 3-year training facility became a full four-year co-ed High School.
In the late 1960s the population in South Philadelphia changed from predominately poor Jewish and Italian immigrant and first generation children to include low-middle income Afro-American and immigrant Asian-American children. The number of student enrollment from 1960 to 2009 declined from over 1,000 to less than 500 students.. There had always been a significant Black presence at South Philadelphia High School.In the 1960's, each Fall and Spring, fights broke out between majority Italo-American and minority African-American students which either led to or were initiated by neighborhood violence which included white students from Bishop Neumann Catholic High School. Stabbings, shootings, and even homicides were connected to this violence. The school was effectively surrounded by an Italian American community(ties).  .The Asian American population consisted of new immigrants along with an earlier Cambodian-American refugee population that had arrived in the 1980's and 1990's . Tammy Kim of Hyphen said "the school, despite its otherwise nefarious reputation, has become well known for its [English as a second language] program."
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In December 2009, several Asian American students accused the school district of mishandling racial attacks that targeted Asian-American students. On December 4, 2009, 26 Asian-American immigrant students, most of whom were of Chinese and Vietnamese descent, were attacked by a large group of mostly African American students near campus. Officials involved in resolving the incident, including Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and retired U.S. District Court Judge James T. Giles, were accused of failing to address the rising racial tension between different ethnic groups within the school, mishandling key evidence and eyewitness accounts in recent related attacks, and falsely accusing and punishing Asian-American students for inciting the attacks. Their actions prompted national outrage and boycotts from local Asian-American communities. Federal,State,and Local agencies stepped in because of the actions of the Asian student-activists who bravely and forcefully brought these issues to the public arena. Unlike the earlier White vs Black violence in previous decades, the School District was forced to more than just in Philadelphia Police to break up fights. A new School Superintendent Hite, hired a dynamic duo -new Principal (Black) and a new Assistant Principal (Asian) who successfully strove to bridge the gaps among the students. The Immigrant students are no longer separated on another floor from their fellow students. Ethnic strife/violence is not tolerated. African-American and Asian community leaders were brought together. The merger of Bok High School into South Philadelphia High School was handled carefully and professionally.  Footnote: The late Arlene Ackerman (former Superintendent) had previously served the San Francisco Unified School District as its Superintendent for a number of years. This is a predominantly Asian/Pacific Islander student population with a wide variety of other student demographics including immigrants and refugees. Her failure at South Philadelphia HS - her failure to protect students and her inability or unwillingness to listen to this portion of Philadelphia's Asian community continues to baffle.
SEPTA serves the school with Routes 2, 4, 37, 79, and the Broad Street Line. Students living at least 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away are given a free SEPTA transit pass which is issued every week in order to get to school.
Feeder middle schools include Norris S. Barratt Middle School. Feeder K-8 schools include F. Amedee Bregy School, D. Newlin Fell School, Albert M. Greenfield School, Southwark School, and Stanton School.
As of 2010, about 1,000 students attend the school. 70% were black, 18% were Asian, and about 11% were non-Hispanic White or Hispanic. As of 2010 the second floor housed immigrant students.. An update: during the school year 2014=2015, the school district successfully integrated the immigrant students with the general student body while maintaining the Bilingual Newcomer (including an Asian American Studies) supports. The immigrant students are no longer separated/segregated on the seconc floor. .
The original school building was constructed 1907 in a Norman Romanesque style designed by Board of Education Architect Lloyd Titus. The main building had an exterior grey stone façade, with two additions added.
Student capacity was three hundred fifty boy students. It expanded in 1914 for more boy students and a duplicate structure built for a new Girls' School with a passage connecting the two buildings that was referred to as "The Tunnel". In 1941 an open field located seven blocks south at 10th and Bigler streets was purchased by a student fund raising and added to the school property as an athletic field to enhance the athletic program. The field was competely renovated in 2008 by the School District of Philadelphia as a supercomplex for larger District-wide events. The original School of 1907 was demolished in 1955.
A new rectangular shaped building was constructed and opened in 1956 on half of the site. The single building was built as a co-ed facility. The frontage included a new grand sized patio plaza entrance, large ashalpted school yard and significant green space enclosed with a regal looking four foot black iron railing tipped in gold painted points. The modern architecture style utilized interior walls of cinder block, cement flooring and staircases, with a facade of light colored tan brick and large glavanized steel metal framed classroom windows. It contained four stories of 190 classrooms with an all modern infra-structure, a large gymnasium, auditorium and lunchroom with 1,500 seats.
In 2013 South Philadelphia High School in partnership with the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association gathered resources for a new sustainable master plan on urban crowdsourcing platform Projexity. The master plan anticipates the creation of rooftop agriculture, outdoor classrooms, porous pavement, solar panels, and many more improvements.
After an incident occurred in October 2008 when 30 black students chased and attacked 5 Asian students, a Chinese student named Wei Chen (s: 陈 威, T: 陳 威, P: Chén Wēi), who originated from Fujian Province, founded the Chinese-American Student Association in order to help orient new immigrants into the school and to keep records of assaults against Chinese students. Chen later organized protests after a 2009 attack on Asian students.
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