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A new addition to our website- CHS Updates

Central High School was rated the number one academic high school in Philadelphia in 2017 (but hasn't that been the case - even when the 214 attended).

The Alumni Association recently reported that a 10 million dollar endowment was received thanks to the generosity of Joseph M. Field (192), a businessman and musician. Matching funds will become available- mostly through the largesse of fellow Centralites and the  District of Philadelphia Board of Education. The funding will go toward the building of a state- of- the- art fine and performing arts complex to be erected adjacent to the North Walk front entrance on the Olney Avenue side of the building.  Also a new funding program is now available for theose who wish to donate-the 1836 Club (the year that the school was incorporated, in case you forgot). Your contribution to this will assist in the major projects underway that will bring CHS into the 21st century.

The article from the Associated Alumni of the Central High School of Philadelphia is below for your review. There is a link to the presentation at CHS given by Mr. Field as well as a link to Central's webpage.


Here is a link to the ground-breaking ceremony held in June, 2019.


image by MGA Partners Architects

Alumni Hall of Fame member Joseph M. Field (192), founder of Entercom Communications, violinist and philanthropist, has donated the initial $10 million for a $42 million capital improvement campaign for Central High School. The centerpiece of the effort is a new two-story Performing Arts Center that will house its music and theater programs.

Joe entered Central High School 70 years ago to the words, “Enter to learn, go forth to serve,” Richard Prinz (212) told the gathering as he introduced Joe.

Read about the announcement, which was made Wednesday at Central, on Central’s web page.

Then watch the video of the news conference and be inspired by Mr. Field’s heart-felt message for students, fellow alumni and all believers in the power of education.