The final month: Class of ’62 grad says GHS teachers opened ‘a new world’ for him

Marvin J. Rudolph, Ph.D is an independent food-science consultant who lives in the Boston area.

He is also a proud Germantown High School grad who wanted to share his memories of formative years there.

“I graduated in June 1962,” Rudolph said, “and received a Philadelphia Board of Education Scholarship, $1,000 a year for four years which was big money then.

“Many GHS teachers inspired me in my science career, [specifically] chemistry. They were wonderful. They opened up a new world to me.

“I realized that I could succeed and make a living pursuing a science degree. I went on to Drexel University. (It was called Drexel Institute of Technology then.)

“I made lasting friends at GHS that I still keep in touch with. We had our 50th GHS reunion in Oct. 2012.

“I have often told my kids that I received a much better high-school education than they did.

“GHS had a great diversity of students, extracurricular activities and sports teams. The faculty taught subjects ranging from ancient history to advanced math. The best teachers? Mrs. Marilyn Appel (biology) and Mr. Neal Ettinger (chemistry).

“The high-school experience at GHS was meaningful and happy for me.”

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 and former students.

We want to hear from graduates and former or current students who wish 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), post them in the comments section or call (215) 351-1293.

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