Save Germantown High group rallies at Vernon Park [Gallery]

While the Save Germantown High group has held numerous rallies in an effort to help the nearly century-old school at Germantown Ave. and High St. escape the district’s closure plan, Wednesday’s Vernon Park gathering came just one day after GHS was not one of those spared.

Both state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, who graduated GHS in 1976, and alumni group president Vera Primus have vowed to fight on.

Also among the crowd of roughly two dozen supporters was state Sen. Shirley Kitchen, community activists with Action United and GHS students, parents, teachers and alumni.

Signs called for a school-closing moratorium.

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“We want [Superintendent William] Hite to come to Germantown,” said Primus, of a statement Hite made during an earlier community meeting at Martin Luther King High School, where some GHS students would attend in the closing plan.

Kinsey lauded attendees.

“We know the weather is cool, but your hearts are hot,” he said of a plan that doesn’t look out for “our kids and our community.”

Kitchen alluded to possible legal action, but didn’t go into detail, saying that attorney (and former-mayoral son) Sharif Street could better explain their strategy.

What’s next?

On Thursday, the city’s School Reform Commission will kick-off a trio of public hearings on the district’s recommended building and program closures.

The SRC is scheduled to vote on all of the district’s right-sizing recommendations March 7.

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