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The Schools of School House Lane

{Union School founded in 1759}
Union School founded in 1759

The region of Philadelphia defined as Germantown is recorded by the last census as having about 50,000 inhabitants today, 40,000 of whom are of the black race. Germantown has always had an unusual concentration of schools of the highest quality, and here on one street alone there are four. School House Lane runs off to the West of Germantown Avenue, and was originally right at the center of town, the center of the action during the Revolutionary War. The most historic of the schools, the Union School founded in 1759, changed its name to Germantown Academy, and more recently picked up and moved to new quarters in Fort Washington. George Washington sent his nephew there, and its building served as a hospital for the wounded in the Battle of Germantown. When Germantown Academy moved out of Germantown, the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf moved into the vacated quarters. This school had been originally founded in 1820, and is one of nearly a hundred special schools for the deaf in the United States, operating as a quasi-public institution for about 170 students. A remarkable thing about all schools for the deaf is the high IQ of their students. Perhaps deaf underachievers are somehow filtered out by the struggle to adapt before they apply for admission, or perhaps there is something about being deaf that makes you smart. In any event, the average SAT scores of students from PSD, like all schools for the deaf, are always in the very highest ranks among secondary schools.

{Sklar School Entrance}
Sklar School Entrance

More or less next door to it, fronting on Coulter Street, is the Germantown Friends School(GFS), which enjoys and deserves the reputation of the most intellectually rigorous school in the Philadelphia region. There is little question about the Quakers of this school, founded in 1845, but relatively few of the students are now Quaker children. It's pretty expensive and quite uncompromising about its academic standards, but if you want to be accepted by a famous University, this is the place that can boast the most achievement of that variety. By no means all of its graduates become teachers, but alumni of this school do tend to gravitate to the top of academia. That could eventually put them on college admission committees, of course, and perhaps the admission process promotes itself. There can be little doubt that if most of a given college's admission committee happened to play the tuba, that university would soon fill up with tuba players.

{William Penn Charter School}
William Penn Charter School

Further West on School House Lane, is the William Penn Charter School. It's also Quaker, and while it doesn't work quite so hard at it as GFS does, it has plenty of social mission, a great deal more discipline, and plenty of competitive athletics. A minority of its students, also, are Quakers; but as a guess, most of its graduates are headed for disproportionate affluence anyway. The middle school is named for, and was donated by, the former chairman of Morgan Stanley back before Morgan Stanley sold itself to Dean Witter. This school was founded in 1689, and for a long time was located at 12th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, right where the famous PSFS building was built, the one that later converted to Lowe's Hotel .

Finally, near the crossing of Henry Avenue with Schoolhouse Lane, is the Philadelphia University. Since it was founded in 1999 it is the youngest of the schools on School House Lane, specializing in architecture and design, and seems headed for even broader curriculum. The University was formed by the merger of Ravenhill Academy for Girls, and the Philadelphia Textile School. The Textile School was itself formed during the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial, when local industrialists became concerned with how backward America seemed in its quality and design of textiles, compared with other nations which exhibited at that World's Fair. Next door, was once the home of William Weightman, a chemical manufacturer who was reputed to be the richest man in Pennsylvania. After his death, the rather grand estate became the site of the Ravenhill School for Girls, which was the school which could boast Grace Kelly for an alumna. That was natural enough since she lived just around the corner on Henry Avenue and could walk to school. The contrast between the two ends of School House Lane, Henry Avenue on one end, and Germantown Avenue on the other, is just astounding.

So there you have School House Lane. A few short blocks with three distinguished preparatory schools and a university. Plus, the site of three other famous schools which have either moved or merged. You might think Germantown was the home of myriads of school teachers, but that isn't exactly so. It's hard to say just what this complex anomalous situation proves, except to voice the opinion that it is somehow at the heart of what Philadelphia really is.

Note, kind readers have also sent me the names of six more schools on Schoolhouse Lane. Some of them may only be name changes, but the list includes Parkway Day School, Sklar School, Philadelphia Textile and Science, Germantown Stevens Academy, Germantown Lutheran Academy, Greene Street Friends School. (See Comments.)

Originally published: Monday, June 26, 2006; most-recently modified: Monday, November 11, 2019

I attended Lankenau girls school from 1950 - 1957. I believe the Textile Institute and Lankenau (not Ravenhill) properties combined to make Phila Univ.
Posted by: Gretchen W. Sohn   |   Mar 12, 2019 11:19 PM
I boarded at lankenau for 8 years graduating in 1962. My last name was Feilke. I remember the 3 Arabian princesses lulua, amina and fatima.My friends were Beth lange, Kristen and irmgard Hamm and many others. I did attend one reunion years ago I was contacted by Mrs gouker. I enjoyed reading all the comments and totally surprised lankenau was not mentioned as one of the schools in schoolhouse lane.
Posted by: Sandy   |   Jan 1, 2019 7:09 PM
Looking for any information on the Sklar school
Posted by: Judy   |   Jan 16, 2018 12:22 PM
What yr did the Sklar start for kids with special needs? I attended there in 1958-59,and I remember kids that had special needs there, I was attending because I was not speaking so my Mom enrolled me there, I quess I just was not ready to talk because I have no problem NOW! just wondering??
Posted by: kevin   |   Sep 1, 2017 5:30 PM
went to Lankenau boaring from 1948-49 till 1955 I remember sisters Lydia, Mildred, & Edith Lydia was Prinicpal I stayed in blue room with 7 others remember Ms Bankhart too and Mrs Ida who taught French address 3201 w school house La. You really know how much u learn until later in life.
Posted by: alysann Van Thuyne   |   Apr 1, 2017 2:53 PM
Anybody have any information about Mary J. Drexel School? thx
Posted by: Anna   |   Mar 25, 2017 9:08 PM
hi, can you give me the address of the sklar school... it was very close to where i grew up, but i didn't know anytning about it as a child... thanks
Posted by: janet   |   Oct 19, 2016 7:25 PM
Question for Dr. Fisher, Did you know a Pediatrician, Dr. John C. Williams? He had his office on Germantown Avenue near Johnson Street.
Posted by: Liz   |   Jul 2, 2016 4:52 PM
Interesting. i graduated from The Stevens School in 1966. Some friends and I are interested in organizing a 50th reunion this year - challenging for a defunct school. So if anyone who reads this was in that class, let me know! And whoever wrote this should check is facts. Leaving out Lankenau was quite an omission. And saying Grace graduated from Ravenhill was definitely not correct. My mother taught her drama and directed her in plays at Stevens throughout her high school years.
Posted by: Courtney "Corky" Flanagan   |   Dec 30, 2015 5:41 AM
I'm really confused, I see people posting threads in regards to attending Sklar School, some are asking questions, but no one puts their contact information with their remarks. Does this have something to do with the quality of education at Sklars??
Posted by: Rich   |   Jun 29, 2015 10:39 PM
Dear George, From all the emails from people curious about Sklars and not leaving an email to get to looks like you are the only link to these people...Maybe you could show those emails to the ones that are asking for connections?? I for one am wondering how to answer to get to text your readers that are from my school. Hope everyone puts emails on them...I didn't on the first one because I thought it would link to send a response. thanks
Posted by: Helene Mitauer   |   Jun 27, 2015 6:54 PM
Dear Kitty, I went to Sklar School too...We should talk
Posted by: Helene Mitauer   |   Jun 27, 2015 6:25 PM
I heard you mentioned Lena Sklar's Private Boarding School in a comment and was wondering if you knew anything more about it. It was located on School House Lane next to the Main Campus of Penn Charter School for Boys,We used to look in the iron fence at the boys there and point and jeer....haha. Our school was co-ed and had a summer camp in the summer. I was a full time (summer and winter) boarder. The school had a huge building in the back of the gigantic back yard (at least 3 acres) and it was where we had activities and played. Our private school was bigger than Penn Charter and sp they bought our school when Lena Sklar (or her family) sold it. I don't remember the address but there was a big stone pillar on each side of the long driveway that led into the front of our main building.
Posted by: Helene Mitauer   |   Jun 27, 2015 6:19 PM
My goodness! How many years I have wondered about my dorm-mates at Lankenau - I was a boarder 1957-1959 and loved seeing that Amina al-sabah has posted here! All three sisters were in my dorm the second year and two my first year- I forget the other names of girls unfortunately but will never forget the horrific experience as a border under Miss Downing's domination. I actually attempting to write a book of autobiographical fiction which includes actual experiences while there. I would just love to make contact with Lulua, Amina and the third sister who's name I forget! Please pass this message and my email on to them- Thanks so very much!!
Posted by: Renee Sharpless (now Bartovics)   |   Jun 20, 2015 9:49 PM
My Godmother graduated from Lakenau Girls in the mid 1940's, possible 1944 or '45. Her name is Mary Margaret Grebe. If you know of her, please let me know.
Posted by: Carol H   |   May 5, 2015 6:47 PM
I am curious why people are asking to be contacted concerning Sklars yet they do not post their e-mail. Rich
Posted by: Rich   |   Aug 22, 2014 4:30 PM
To Gail Kennedy My name is Richard and I also rode in Mr. Cliff's station wagon. I remember him as a big gentle black man, who always annoyed with bad drivers on the road; he would call them "Farmers" Could I possibly be "The Richard?" I would love to hear from you,If you want e-mail me at
Posted by: Rich   |   Aug 22, 2014 4:19 PM
I have some pictures from Sklar school and I also rode in Mr. Cliff's station wagon. I remember him calling other drivers that he considered bad drivers "farmers"
Posted by: Rich   |   Aug 21, 2014 11:04 PM
I attended Sklar school and I am reading many threads from people who attended that school. Can you tell me how I can contact them? Rich
Posted by: Rich   |   Aug 21, 2014 10:56 PM
I attended Sklar school and I am reading many threads from people who attended that school. Can you tell me how I can contact them? Rich
Posted by: Rich   |   Aug 21, 2014 10:43 PM
I attended Sklar school and I am reading many threads from people who attended that school. Can you tell me how I can contact them? Rich
Posted by: Rich   |   Aug 21, 2014 10:41 PM
I couple of years ago I started a successful online group for anyone who attended Germantown Lutheran Academy, Germantown Stevens Academy and The Stevens School. While we have not had a formal physical reunion, many of us are now back in touch with so many friends, teachers and associates that meant so much to us ! Please get in touch with me if you would like to join our group ! Networking really is the best resource ! M. (Marge) Lynn Montgomery Germantown Lutheran/Germantown Stevens Academy Class of 1978
Posted by: Lynn   |   Jun 5, 2014 2:37 PM
I went to the Sklar School from 1954-1957. I also boarded there frequently because both my parents worked. I remember Miss Mary and Miss Cozy who took care of the boarders at night. If anyone has a picture, I'd love to see it. I can picture in my mind the weeping willow tree on the side of the house and the beautiful, elegant staircase.
Posted by: Kitty    |   Apr 18, 2014 4:36 PM
The Lankenau School is having a reunion. Please reach us at There are many names on this blog that have been mentioned. We have been trying to find as many people as possible. The reunion is the weekend after Memorial Day, May 31. We have overnite accomadations on the campus of Philadelphia University. Please email the above address or look for us on Facebook, Thanks Gail''70
Posted by: Gail Kennedy   |   Feb 3, 2014 4:41 PM
Sklar School was run by Lena Sklar, who I knew as my Aunt Lena, but was actually my Mom's cousin. I attended it for several years in the late 50's, for nursery, kindergarten, first grade, and summer camp. I was never sure why it closed - I was told it became a school for kids with special needs and was then sold to Penn Charter - but I hated being moved into the public schools. I think my mom worked there as Lena's secretary before I was born. I loved it there. The main building was beautiful - I can still picture the main staircase with all that beautiful woodwork. We had our yearly Gallner family 4th of July picnics there - either Lena's mother or father was a Gallner and came from a family of 12, so our family gatherings were huge. I have some photos of the family there - mostly in the swimming pool. I only boarded there occasionally, but I remember getting permission to pass on the nightly spoon of what I thought was castor oil because I was just visiting. I recently found a pile of my report cards. My mom and her cousin can probably fill in more details, but they are pretty old and most of the rest of the family that knew Lena are gone now. I remember the station wagon that picked me up to take me to school every day - I think it was driven by someone named Cliff. I had a terrific crush on an older boy named Richard who rode in the same car. This is the first I've tried to google it - don't know if there is more out there on it yet.
Posted by: Ronni Becker   |   Sep 13, 2013 1:06 PM
Still trying to find a yearbook for 1958 for Lankenau if anyone can put their hands on one. It was my first year there and I lost my yearbook. Patti Williams (changed my name to Heather in 1969)
Posted by: Heather (Patti Williams) Perry   |   Aug 17, 2013 3:02 AM
I would love to contact the person (Judy....see the statement below) who has many of the same memories that I have.... I went to the Sklar School in the late 40's to mid 50s and to the Steven's School for 1/2 year in 1959. I've been trying to find info on Sklar for years and just came across this article. I was pretty young-but I remember it being a large old house, boarding there for a short while while my mother was ill, the swimming pool and sour cherry trees. If anyone has a photo of the old building, please post it - I wonder if my childhood memories are correct. Thanks for a great trip down memory lane. Posted by: Judy | Dec 20, 2012 2:22 PM
Posted by: ann ginsburgh hofkin   |   Apr 29, 2013 12:34 AM
I found the first year book(or so it states in the book) its Lankennau Virtus the class of 1945 I would LOVE to learn more about everything and anything! somebody please con act me!! my eamil is I live in California and got the yearbook from Iris Kleine.. long story...
Posted by: AnnaBe   |   Mar 24, 2013 9:40 PM
Please post the email that I sent yesterday - I would love to make contact with the other alums of the Sklar School! Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, photographer 1422 Tamarack Drive Long Lake, MN 55356 Telephone: (763) 473-1991 fax: (763) 473-1002 mobile: (612) 327-5800 e-mail: website:
Posted by: Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin   |   Mar 19, 2013 8:57 AM
For some mysterious reason after all these years, I decided to google the Sklar School. I went to the Sklar Boarding and Day School during the late 40's and very early 50's. I then transferred to Greene Street Friends School. Neither of these places was mentioned in the list of schools on School House Lane, but it was reassuring to read about them in the blogs. I can remember the names of many of my friends there. I remember Miss Edith Balassa (someone has already mentioned her in the blog), and I kept in touch with her even after I was married. Also, we had daily reports (on yellow paper) regarding our behavior and specific food consumption. If you stayed overnight (whether regularly or on occasion), you were routinely treated to a spoonful of Milk of Magnesia - who knows why? In the rooms where we slept, there were blue bug zappers. In addition, does anyone who went to this school recall "Miss Mary" or "Miss Cozy?" They were always so nice to us! And who could forget Mrs. Sklar, herself??? All in all, these are great memories.
Posted by: Ann   |   Mar 18, 2013 12:47 AM
I attended Sklar from about 1953 to 1956. If anyone else attended during that time, please email me to compare memories.
Posted by: ron   |   Mar 14, 2013 1:07 PM
I attended Skar School in the late 40's. I remember making paper mache Dutch shoes and performing the Red Shoes Ballet
Posted by: Bill Ives   |   Mar 10, 2013 8:51 PM
With regards to Shelley Smith's post above, Shelley, you can connect with me and find my account on LinkedIn. Regards, James Lakis
Posted by: James Lakis   |   Feb 7, 2013 10:59 PM
Facebook now has a site where we past attendees of Lankenau school for Girls can now share our memories and hopefully reunite. I know that some of you are aware of this and have joined us there. BUT, I am hoping that as I write this that others that suddenly remember and wonder where their school and their classmates might be in this day will research and find this. My friends, Sigrid DeLong, Lisa and Tina Ferguson, Ann Rice Bryans, Dorothy Schoen, Ida Schollenberger, Diana, Debbie Reynolds, Margot vd Mosel...I hope that you will join us at Facebook and reconnect with us. :) Missing you all...
Posted by: Janette (Jan) Smith   |   Feb 6, 2013 9:05 PM
I went to Lankaneu School for Girls for less than one year. Graduated summer of 1968 but was in the class of 1969. Was a transfer student. Don't remember many names, but do remember Linda Ginsberg Watts, and my roommate, Judy from Liberia. Interested in hearing from people from Lankaneu around that time.
Posted by: Renee Freeman   |   Jan 20, 2013 12:01 AM
Looking for my former classmate Stephanie F. from Stefanie P. Also for Helen.
Posted by: Stefanie   |   Jan 11, 2013 10:07 PM
Would love to find Stephanie Franklin from Lankenau School. This is your friend Stefanie.
Posted by: Stefanie   |   Jan 11, 2013 8:39 PM
I went to the Sklar School in the late 40's to mid 50s and to the Steven's School for 1/2 year in 1959. I've been trying to find info on Sklar for years and just came across this article. I was pretty young-but I remember it being a large old house, boarding there for a short while while my mother was ill, the swimming pool and sour cherry trees. If anyone has a photo of the old building, please post it - I wonder if my childhood memories are correct. Thanks for a great trip down memory lane.
Posted by: Judy   |   Dec 20, 2012 2:22 PM
My sister, Charlanne Lentz, went to Stevens School and graduated in 1955. We lived in Wyncote,Pa and she drove my mothers car from home to School every day. Upon graduation she went to Penn State. For all you who remember my sister, please e-mail me at: Thank you, Chuck Lentz
Posted by: Chuck Lentz   |   Oct 12, 2012 1:15 PM
My sister, Charlanne Lentz, went to Stevens School and graduated in 1955. We lived in Wyncote,Pa and she drove my mothers car from home to School every day. Upon graduation she went to Penn State. For all you who remember my sister, please e-mail me at: Thank you, Chuck Lentz
Posted by: Chuck Lentz   |   Oct 12, 2012 1:14 PM
Hi everyone! Wow, this is so fabulous! I went to Lankenau from first through fifth grade (not sure of the years, but something like 1967-1971. Never even imagined how to find old friends from Lankenau! I did however, see Donald Ramsey a lot when I lived in Washington, DC,. He worked at the Kennedy Center. I have often wondered about so many people but didn't have a great memory for last names so it wasn't so easy to find, and not to mention a lot of women have changed their last names! I'm on facebook at or you can email me! Would love to catch up. I still have nightmares about Sister Esther taping my mouth shut and tying my hands to my chair!
Posted by: Thea Weinberg Bowers   |   Oct 3, 2012 5:56 PM
I was a member of the first graduating class of Germantown Lutheran Academy and was school president that year. Mr. Dutton was principal. Ringing that bell to start the day was often the highlight of the day. My best teacher ever was the math teacher in those years, Mr. Merkle. He made school tolerable. I commuted from Wilmington, DE daily by train to go there. Tom Tomechivich, a student from Yugoslavia and I were player coaches of the soccer team. We were a successful team within the confines of private schools in Philadelphia. I was sad to learn, 30 years ago, that the school did not survive on its own. Blessings to all my former fellow students. DrD
Posted by: Dr. Joe B. Dickerson   |   Sep 21, 2012 11:40 PM
I went to Sklar School from about 1946 until about 1950. I was little so I don't remember the exact dates. I remember I had Mrs. Balossa (sp) for a lot of classes. When I was 8 or so, my parents moved away and of course took me with them. Funny how you remember certain things. My parents gave me a choice of staying during the Summer camps they had, which I did for a year or two since I had no siblings or friends where they lived (since I was at Sklar School, of course). I guess the kids were my siblings and I'm the better for it. I used to have a brochure somewhere about the school, which I will look for. Haven't seen it in some time. I live in DC and NY now, not Philly. I thought I'd see if there were any references to the school which is how I got here. Thanks, I remember liking it a lot.
Posted by: Leslie   |   Sep 21, 2012 12:10 AM
Found some old pictures from my years at Lankenau. Graduated in 1950. Such a long time ago. Would like to hear from some of my old friends How about Heide Grommisch Rita Lutz?? .
Posted by: elizabeth schnellenbach   |   Aug 29, 2012 7:50 PM

I just found your wonderful web site about the schools of School House Lane.... and it's wonderful!

I have often gone online to try to find information and/or photos of Lankenau.... and your site has been a terrific find. I have loved reading all the comments from those of us who attended Lankenau School for Girls. One of my best friends from 1 - 3 grade posted a comment on your site..... in February, 2012.

Now, because your site protects the email addresses of those who post (which I really appreciate), I have no way to send her a message directly. I wonder, however, if I could ask you to send a message to the email address she used when she made her post in February.... and let her know I would like to contact her? I would be fine with you sharing my email address with her and then if she wants to contact me, she can do so or not.

I did make a post on your site this afternoon, and I specifically mention Amina in my post. So, don't know if you can help me, but would appreciate the consideration.

Thanks, Liz

The person I am referring to is the one who made this post: I attended Lankenau from 1955-1958, 1st-3rd grade. I am from Kuwait and was a boarder. My best friend was Joannie Mitchell. Posted by: amina al-sabah | Feb 15, 2012 3:24 PM

Posted by: ELIZABETH BRANNON   |   Aug 29, 2012 2:56 PM
I attended Lankenau from 1955 - 1959.... Kindergarden through third grade. I remember Sister Lydia Fischer very well.... and also remember Heather Ash! Amina (from Kuwait) was one of my best friends while I attended Lankenau, and I still have a photo of Amina and me in my photo album from my early days in Philadelphia. I, too, remember Joanie Mitchell - Joanie was the "flower girl" for the May Day celebration one year. The May Pole ceremony and dance was one of my favorite memories from Lankenau. I also remember Joyce O. (great reader and creative person( and Barbara and Jolene (cousins), Linda Sue.... and remember Mrs. Freiling from kindergarten, Miss Benkert (spelling) from first and second grade and Mill Hemphill from 3rd grade. I, too, have been sad to not be able to find info and photos of Lankenau... I would love to hear from Amina directly!
Posted by: Elizabeth Brannon   |   Aug 28, 2012 11:35 AM
I attended Lankenau School for Girls School House Lane. If you put that in on Facebook you will find the page with 81 Alumni there as of today; 08/06/12. There are many photos and yearbooks posted. You may be able to find the people you are looking for on that page. Today is a Gift, Make it Beautiful! Phyllis '62 (looking for Jonnie, Lynne-Dudley, and others)
Posted by: Phyllis Hughes Marino   |   Aug 6, 2012 9:49 PM
looking for Penny Smith,Jo Ann Eggley,Penny Lagakos.. i went to boarding school from 1st grade to 8th.
Posted by: mona grant (kirk)   |   Jul 29, 2012 11:29 AM
Recently went to Phila. Univ. with my husband (he is an alumni of what was Phila. Textile) and took a few photos of what buildings are left of Lankenau School for Girls. Couldn't get inside as it was a Saturday and the buildings are locked weekends in the summer. The library has a historian and he had some info. about Lankenau but said all the yearbooks were thrown away. They do have some yearbooks from Ravenhill. I attended Lankenau in the mid 60's. It is sad to see the main house in such disrepair (it is now the Business office of Phila. Univ) If anyone would like to see them e-mail me at
Posted by: Robin (Deubel) Dym   |   Jul 17, 2012 7:08 PM
My grandmother, Christina M. Simpson (Silver) was valedictorian of her class of 1930 and on the Board of the school in the years that followed. I have several items of hers from Lankenau years 1926 through 1930. She took me with her on one of her reunions, possibly around 1955 and I remember the beautiful campus, buildings and interiors.Wish I could find out more about Lankenau.
Posted by: Ellie Rosales   |   Jun 14, 2012 4:52 PM
I am looking for information about the Parkway Day School,whatever happened to it after the PSD moved in there in 1984,what kind of school was it?did it move to another location?Would greatly apperciate it if someone had any info about it,thank you.
Posted by: Thomas McNasby   |   May 15, 2012 8:09 AM
I attended the Lankenau School for Girls from 1961-1965 and find it unbelievable that a history of schools on Schoolhouse Lane would not include my alma mater. My sister also graduated from Lankenau in 1962. My cousin is a year younger than am I and attended there from kindergarten through 12th grade. It was an inspirationally beautiful campus and a "unique" learning experience. I believe all three of us won the "Virtus" Award at graduation and I still wonder where the placard is listing the winners over the years. It used to hang in the Main House. Hello to all my fellow alums.
Posted by: Pamela Blair Edelstein   |   Apr 17, 2012 10:54 AM
Does anyone have any information about Wilma Kohn? She was my 7th grade teacher at Lankenau back in the 60's. Great teacher, one of those you remember.
Posted by: Robin (Deubel) Dym   |   Apr 8, 2012 12:37 PM
I attended Lankenau school from kindergarten 1966 through fifth grade 1971.I have always wondered what happened to my classmates Cheryl Mchelhenny, Travis Campbell, Judith Gilliam, Nora Ryan, Kim Andersen, Claire Edwards, Steven Shoemaker, Renee Monterio and Thea Weinberg.Does anyone know them or their whereabouts today? I would love to reconnect.How about Mr Flickenger? Sister Esther was my first grade teacher - I'll never forget her saying EYES UP HERE if the class wasn't paying attention
I remember knitting classes and color day, recess in the courtyard, the candy store and how about donkey basketball...anyone?? I loved those years.Today is February 17, 2012 and I can be reached at if anyone has anything they would like to share. God bless the memories of Lankenau School and all who attended.
Posted by: pamela harbage   |   Feb 17, 2012 9:42 PM
I boarded at Lankenau School for Girls from 1960-1966 when I graduated. Some fond memories and an excellent education!
Posted by: Susan (Box) Rivera   |   Feb 17, 2012 9:03 AM
I attended Lankenau from 1955-1958, 1st-3rd grade. I am from Kuwait and was a boarder. My best friend was Joannie Mitchell.
Posted by: amina al-sabah   |   Feb 15, 2012 3:24 PM
I attended Lankenau School for girls in the early 60's but have never (until now) been able to find anything of it even existing. My husband is a graduate of Phils. Textile. It was fun to go back to his college and also see the room where I lived...which is now an office. I would love to see any photos or info. on Lankenau. Roomed with a girl named Mona Grant who I believed lived nearby. If anyone has more info. please contact me at (it's a ski resort in Vermont)
Posted by: Robin Dym   |   Feb 8, 2012 12:03 PM
I attended Lankenau from kindergarten through 3d grade, 1969-1972. I was in 1st grade in 1970, and Sister Esther was also my first grade teacher, which I guess makes me a classmate of Sharon Glammer Ingram, who posted below. Other classmates were Michele Jasey, Chantal Reme, James Lakis, James Phipps, Antoinette Rieber, and Joanna Mullins. Does anyone know where any of them may be? I am also so frustrated to be unable to find more historical info about the school and its beautiful campus.
Posted by: Shelley Smith   |   Feb 7, 2012 5:02 PM
Deborah Schlanser you mentioned Sklar School, I attended Sklar School which was a boarding School. I lived there for five years. I have been looking on the internet for years trying to find someone who also attended that school. I'm thrilled that you even mentioned the school my kids think I invented this school because they cannot find any information about it. If anyone attended Sklar School any year, please contact me at
Posted by: [none]   |   Jan 18, 2012 1:12 AM
Philadelphia Textile moved to School House Lane to the estate of a Col Cobb who owned Bond Bakeries. The School president named Hayward moved into the Cobb Mansion which was at the end of a large lawn, now covered with building, that then reached to School House Lane. Daughter of the house was a classmate at the Mifflin school
Posted by: Lee Walker   |   Dec 20, 2011 8:46 PM
Textiles bought the Lankenau campus in the mid 70's. They desicrated the campus with dorms and ugly buildings. THat is one of my fond memories, is how wonderful it was to walk the campus between classes.
Not only did they forget Lankenau.. but Green Street Friends... A Quaker school.... that I attended. Yes Germantown Friends was across the street from GSF, then the Pa School for the Deaf moved thier campus there....BTW LAnkenau us known as a school for children with issues located in Roxborough. That is what are know as now!!!!!
Posted by: Rebecca Furst -1971   |   Sep 22, 2011 12:54 AM
Lankenau_reunion_commitee1890_1978 · Lankenau School 1890 - May 1978
My name is Win Henderson Lankenau Class of 1978 the last graduating class of the John D. Lankenau school.

You can find us on Facebook at the above mentioned address. we look forward to reuninting with all alums. Those of you who were kind enough to leave an email. I'll be reaching out to you tonight 8/25/2011
Posted by: Winrow Henderson   |   Aug 26, 2011 9:07 PM
I attended Germantown Stevens Academy from Elementary to 5th grade.It was a great school. The principal and teachers were very helpful and I passed each class with flying colors. I am glad to see that is still standing tall but moved to a new location. I am also glad to know that it is a school for the Deaf. May God continue to bless each person their as well as the person who is in charge. Blessings and Peace be yours always...
Posted by: Lisa Tucker   |   Aug 18, 2011 11:17 PM
Glad to be able to read anything about Lankenau. I agree it's very difficult to get any information. I attended from either kindergarten or first grade (losts in the mists), half way through my 11th year. Even though I transferred to Plymouth Whitemarsh HS, I consider Lankenau my school.
Posted by: Nancy Lee Turner   |   May 31, 2011 1:09 PM
Attended Lankenau School for girls the first year they allowed boys into the school, I was in first grade and the year was 1970. Sister Esther Rose was my teacher and my best friend was Susan Katila. Wish I could find more information about the school and the teachers online. I only attended Lankenau for a few years, but would really like to get in contact with some of my classmates during that time.
Posted by: Sharon Glammer Ingram   |   May 10, 2011 10:30 AM
Grace Kelly most certainly DID attend The Stevens School - I saw the yearbook with her photo in it. Also Mrs. Rhoads was the drama teacher for Grace and told of many fond memories of her. I graduated from Stevens in 1957. It would be nice if you got all your facts correct before you publish! I also went to Green Street Friends School. The Stevens School did merge with GA but then they also went back to Germantown for a short time. I do not know where the archives are now - at GA or somewhere in Germantown.
Posted by: Dedie Ambler   |   May 6, 2011 8:35 PM
Ooops! Didn't mean to exclude day students. Any and all Lankenau Girls, no matter what year you attended, please e-mail me and help me put my book together!
Posted by: Heather   |   Mar 28, 2011 2:58 PM
I went to Lankenau School for quite a few years beginning in 1958. Back then, my name was Patty Williams. I changed my name legally to Heather later in life. Probably in honor of Heather Ash who was May Queen in 1958!!
I'm in the process of writing a book so any boarding students from 1958 to 1966, please feel free to 3-mail me:
Posted by: Heather   |   Mar 28, 2011 2:52 PM
My name is Sam Elvin, and I am currently working on a documentary for BBC Worldwide in London on the life of Grace Kelly. I was wondering if anyone on here attended either Raven Hill or more specifically Stevens School at the same time as Grace (or knows someone that did) as I am extremely keen on tracing an image of her in her school year book. If anyone can help me in this endeavour then I would love to hear from you. My email address is
Posted by: Sam Elvin   |   Jan 14, 2011 12:40 PM
How is it possible that post 5737, which is attributed to me, is not written by me and post 5753, which is written by me, is shown as posted by 'none'. I was there for the high-school years. Trust me, I would have remembered if I had been there in first grade!! Go to the Facebook page for Lankenau School.
Posted by: Cindi Rocks   |   Jan 6, 2011 10:14 AM
I attended 5th grade at Lankenau in 1942 until we moved to California. My father was military. I loved the school and regret not being able to continue. My sister Barbara also was there...she was in 9th or 10th grade at the time.
Are there any classmates out there who remember our dorm room? My throw away email is
Posted by: Joan Betzmer Walsh   |   Dec 5, 2010 9:44 PM
Anyone familiar with the area knows "Philadelphia University" was simply a name change - as the previous Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science it has been a staple in the neighborhood for decades, not eleven years as you wrongly suggest.
Posted by: Gavin Smith   |   Dec 4, 2010 2:46 PM
I also went to the Lankenau School for Girls. Graduated in 1956. Am looking for anyone from that era. Email:
Posted by: Judy Reyner Moyer   |   Nov 23, 2010 4:02 PM
Iwent to parkway day long live the candy red and white love you mr fisher they just dont know we did it to them
Posted by: william stubbs   |   Oct 12, 2010 2:09 PM
Germantown Academy moved from the school campus at Schoolhouse Lane and Green Street in 1965 to its current location in Fort Washington,, PA. The school campus at Schoolhouse Lane and Green Street was obtained by the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia. Later that year members from Lutheran congregations throughout the Philadelphia region founded Germantown Lutheran Academy and leased the 13 acre school campus at Schoolhouse Lane and Green Street for more than two decades. Germantown Lutheran Academy (GLA) and the Stevens School of Chestnut Hill merged in 1973 to form Germantown Stevens Academy (GSA). During the period of 1965 to 1975 the board of trustees of GLS / GSA made significant repairs to the building and grounds of campus including the replacement of roofs on three of the school buildings. The flowering Cherry Tree in the rear courtyard outside of the main administrative building bay window was a gift from the Germantown Stevens Academy Class of 1975. Increased rental costs for the use of the campus caused the board of Germantown Stevens Academy to merge with the Parkway Day School in August 1975. The two schools operated independently under a joint board from August 1975 to the early 1980's. The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf thereafter obtained the school campus from the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia and moved its operations to campus at Schoolhouse Lane and Green Street from its Germantown Avenue campus in the Mt Airy section of Philadelphia. The school campus at Schoolhouse Lane and Green Street is one of the oldest continuing school campuses in the United States. The Bell tower weather vein bears the Royal British Crown. It has indentations from musket shoots that occurred at the Battle of Germantown during the Revolutionary War. The school bell above the main classroom building which was housed in the tower was delayed in reaching the school campus due to the Boston Tea Party. The bell was rung each morning to mark the beginning of the school day during tenure of Germantown Lutheran and Germantown Stevens Academy. Three underground tunnels connected original classroom and administrative buildings for use the Battle of Germantown. There was also evidence of a room with window bars and a thick wooden doors with bars in the basement of main classroom building used most likely to house prisoners during the Revolutionary War. British soldiers played cricket on the school athletic field. George Washington utilized office space in the school administration building to oversee the Centennial Congress during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of Philadelphia. Grace Kelly was a student of the Stevens School of Chestnut Hill which merged with Germantown Lutheran Academy. For additional information on the school campus see the March 4, 1973 “Discover Magazine” insert published in the Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Bulletin. Posted by WAV GSA -Class of 1975
Posted by: WAV - GSA Class of 1975   |   Aug 15, 2010 2:03 PM
I went to Lankenau and am trying o find class of 1960..J.Kent..Joyce White..Barbie Alexander..Joy Price..please ontact me at
Posted by: Barbara Hibbs Mngum   |   Jul 17, 2010 10:30 PM
I went to Lankenau School for girls in the class of 1960 Grace Kelly went to Ravenhill she never went to Stevens School!
Posted by: Barbara Hibbs Mangum   |   Jul 17, 2010 10:27 PM
My mother always spoke of a Miss Sabert's (spelling?) Academy. Does anyone remember hearing about this school - I believe it was a girl's school?
Posted by: T. de Luca   |   Jul 13, 2010 12:59 PM
I graduated from Lankenau School for girls in 1966. There is a page on Facebook dedicated to other alumni. Check it out!
Posted by: Sue Box Rivera   |   Jun 13, 2010 6:55 AM
i went to lankenau school for girls from 1960-1966,am looking for Penny Smith from Ohio or Penny Lagakos or JoAnn email is
Posted by: mona grant   |   Apr 27, 2010 6:07 PM
Your reviews of GFS and Penn Charter is concerning, especially "it's also Quaker, and while it doesn't work quite so hard at it as GFS does."
Posted by: mkafer   |   Apr 13, 2010 3:27 PM
You also failed to mention Greene Street Friends School, located directly across School House Lane from Germantown Friends School. The school was founded in 1855 in the former meeting house of Green Street Friends at 55 W School House Lane. In 1876 it moved around the corner onto Greene Street.
Posted by: PhillyG   |   Mar 30, 2010 2:38 PM
I attended Lankenau School for Girls from 66-72. It is very difficult to find any information. Very frustrating.
Posted by: [none]   |   Dec 14, 2009 11:23 PM
I graduated from the Lankenau School in 1966. I agree that it's frustrating that there is hardly any mention of the school on any site on the internet. Write me. Lots of interesting memories.
Posted by: Cindi Rocks   |   Dec 10, 2009 9:05 PM
I attended Lankenau in the first grade and then again for my freshman year in 1955-56. Sisters Lydia, Bertha, Anna, etc. were there to inspire us to do better than our best. The campus was gorgeous and I loved boarding there. Great memories.
Posted by: Terry Sheldon Lopez   |   Sep 14, 2009 9:24 AM
I attended Lankenau School for Girls for 5th-8th grade in 1942-1945. They had just moved up from the previous location at Girard Ave. It was the best education I ever had. Have lost track of my classmates who would have graduated in 1950. I think Dorie Knupp was the last class president and may have lived in Allentown later. Clara Bartlett Mearns (Barty) was another good friend. Would love to hear from any in that class. -- I, too, think the history of Phila. Univ. should have acknowledged Lankenau as its predecessor on part of its campus.
Posted by: June Davis Littler   |   Aug 27, 2009 11:04 AM
My mother, Jane Roberta French (Bobbie) attended Lankenau School for Girls in the late 1920's and I would like to have more info on the school.
Posted by: George Walmsley   |   Aug 8, 2009 11:42 AM
My ancestors lived at 530 Dupont St. from 1896 (and streets all around the Leverington Cemetery) on and before that at Wissahickon Hall/Inn on Gypsy Lane at what is now Lincoln Dr.. Where would they have attended school? They were fairly well-off and the boys later trained as pharmacists at Phila college of Science and Medicine, so they must have gone to high school. Name is Lippen. Germantown or into Central City for HS? It seems neither Roxborough or Manyaunk had either a public or private high school during that time. Can anyone help with this information?
Posted by: Deborah Schlanser   |   Jul 11, 2009 7:18 PM
I grew up on School House Lane and attended Ravenhill. I recall a small school near to PC, that was called The Sklar School. Does anyone have any recollection of that. Indeed, Grace Kelly left Ravenhill and graduated from Stevens as others have mentioned.
Posted by: Ramona Flood   |   May 28, 2009 9:35 PM
Your mother is partially correct. Grace Kelly attended Ravenhill Academy first and then went to Stevens School in Chestnut Hill for high school.
Posted by: [none]   |   May 26, 2009 10:38 PM
Your mother is partially correct. Grace Kelly attended Ravenhill Academy first and then went to Stevens School in Chestnut Hill for high school.
Posted by: [none]   |   May 26, 2009 10:37 PM
I would love to contact old classmates from Lankenau School for Girls, but there is virtually no inforamtion on the web that I can find to help me. If anyone has any other connections, I would appreciate them.
Posted by: Kim Douglas   |   Apr 17, 2009 7:39 AM
I also attended Lankenau School for Girls which is overlooked in your artlice and other places making it hard to contact former students.
Posted by: Elizabeth Hunsperger   |   Mar 29, 2009 5:16 PM
Grace Kelly went to The Stevens School, not Ravenhill, according to my mom.
Posted by: [none]   |   Mar 28, 2009 6:30 PM
GSA did not formally merge with Parkway School they were separate entities. Before it's demise though, GSA did return to the name, The Stevens School.
Posted by: [none]   |   Mar 10, 2009 1:35 AM
Thanks for correcting the in the article regarding Germantown Academy and PSD. As a former student of Germantown Lutheran, later Germantown Stevens Academy, I did feel slighted and forgotten !!!! The school meant a great deal to those of us that attended !!!!!
Posted by: [none]   |   Mar 10, 2009 1:33 AM
Yes, Lankenau School should have been mentioned. I attended in the 50s and of course am nostalgic about the wonderful school and am sorry for its demise.
Posted by: Terry Lopez   |   Jan 14, 2009 12:26 PM
actually, when Germantown Academy moved to Fort Washington, lutherans throughout Philadelphia rented the property at schoolhouse land and green st from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and founded Germantown Lutheran Academy. GLA occupied the campuas at Green St. and Schoolhouse lane for over two decades. In 1974 GLA merged with the Steven's School of Chestnut Hiill and became Germantown Stevens Academy offering a lower and middle and upper school. GSA would later merge with the Parkway Day School and continue to operate at the Germantown Campus until the early 1980's
Posted by: [none]   |   Jan 12, 2009 10:50 PM
Hello, I was searching high and low for a picture of my husband's grandparents' home when I happened upon your absolutely wonderful article! James Doak Jr., my husband's great grandfather established a woolen mill in 1866 (the part about the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial was therefore very interesting). His son, Charles Doak lived at 134 W. Coulter St. Charles' children,including my father-in-law Robert Doak attended William Penn Charter school. Sadly, Robert Doak is passing away. I would love to be able to show him pictures of his childhood house as well as the school he attended - he always speaks of it so foundly. May I be so bold to ask if you know of a facility or person that I might be able to communicate with to obtain these pictures? If not, please let me thank you so very much for your delightful article and of course your time and consideration. Sincerely, Denise Doak
Posted by: Denise Doak   |   Dec 22, 2008 7:19 PM
The campus of Lankenau School for Girls (-12) private is not mentioned in this helpful report. I attended there from 55-63. It was "across the street from Penn Charter. Phila. College of Textiles bought the property sometime in ;late 60's.
Posted by: Sherry Masters   |   Dec 8, 2008 5:20 PM
Your information about Philadelphia University is somewhat erroneous, you also failed to mention the Lankenau School in your discussion.
Posted by: Stan Gorski   |   Sep 26, 2008 2:25 PM