The final month: Germantown High pride from a four-generation GHS family

As the final day of Germantown High School’s 99-year history approaches — the Class of ’13 will don caps and gowns on June 19 — NewsWorks will present a series of stories including interviews with grads, former students and members of the extended school community.

Today, Doreen Bright shares what it means to her to have been part of the GHS Class of ’74.


“I have some very fond memories of going there. I learned a lot and made some friends whom I am still in contact with to this day.

“It was at Germantown that I learned my first craft which was typing. Ms. Gripp was a determined women that when we left we would be employable and she helped us to get a job.

“When I graduated, I began work one week after graduation. I remember taking gym and we exercised in uniforms.

“We were made to come to school prepared everyday and to be prepared to work, not play. Ms. Reddick who was the gym and health teacher was a no-nonsense woman.

“I remember my senior year, the prom and our class trip that we took to the mountains.

“Unfortunately, it is not the school that has come down, but the lack of participation from parents and students that have declined.

“Germantown has four different generations in my family that have graduated from there.

“My oldest brother, myself, my son and a younger brother, and we are all proud to say we attended, graduated from G-Town, home of the BEARS!!

NewsWorks wants to hear from graduates and former or current students in order to share their favorite memories from their time at the 99-year-old building.

To that end, we’re asking you to send your memories via email (subject line: My GHS Memories), the comments section or call (215) 351-1293.

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