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Michael Gary, head of school

In the 1960s, Friend Select leadership made the bold and correct decision, in my opinion, to stay in the heart of Philadelphia instead of selling the campus to buy a more sprawling piece of real estate in the suburbs to build a new campus. They envisioned themselves being part of efforts to address the issues that were ailing the city at the time. Their foresight and commitment propels us—and compels me—to continue the legacy of preparing students for the whole of life and to “walk cheerfully over the world,” with a heightened level of cosmopolitan competence.

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Classroom in the City

On November 22, the entire middle school spent the day across the city exploring Philadelphia's murals, museums, and numerous outdoor spaces and gardens. This was a chance for students to experience firsthand the city's diverse resources in cross-curricular ways.

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Friends Select’s Inaugural Select Talk Tackles Gentrification and Community Development

During Alumni Weekend last May, Friends Select held its first Select Talk in the Blauvelt Theatre. This annual program draws on the vast experiences of the school’s alumni and parent community in education, business, science, technology, and the arts to discuss and explore topics of local, national, and global importance.

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Alumni Stories

Sam Olshin '78

Sam Olshin is a principal at the firm of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, and is responsible for the restoration of the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia. Sam Olshin '78 is a principal at the firm of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, and is responsible for the restoration of the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia. His firm is also responsible for recent renovations to Friends Select School's lower level and the Blauvelt Theatre. 

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Andrea Kremer '76

Andrea Kremer is one of the most accomplished and widely respected sports journalists in the industry. She was named one of the 10 greatest female sportscasters of all time and among the best of all sportscasters. She is also a two-time Emmy award winner. 

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Evan McDougall '00

After graduating from Goucher College with a BA in theatre and minoring in art, Evan McDougall , has been working in the Baltimore/ Washington D.C. theatre scene as a carpenter, welder, and machinist. He has led and helped crews realize designers’ visions for 5 or 6 shows each season at Imagination Stage and more currently as the Resident Carpenter at Everyman Theatre. He remains grateful to FSS for his early exposure to the arts that has led him down this path in life.

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