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James Howard Phillips

August 22, 1931 - June 28, 2024

James H. (Jim) Phillips, Sr. It’s with great sadness that the family of James H. Phillips, Sr. of Warminster, PA announce his death at the age of 92. He passed away at home surrounded by loved ones. Jim is proceeded in death by his parents, David and Florence, and his brothers David and William. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Patricia, his three children Jimmy Phillips, Jr., Betty (Peter) Kline, and Patty (John) DiMaria, is “Poppop” to his granddaughters Brittany (Nick), Karly (Rich), Tricia (John), and Katie, great-grandchildren Jace, Jax, and Jalen, as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Jim graduated from Frankford High School, was a decades-long member of the Masons, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy assigned to the USS Bennington during the Korean War. After his military service, he taught at Shallcross Reform School in Philadelphia and later dove into antique dealing with his wife along the East Coast. Every summer he looked forward to taking the whole family with him to the beach and every winter he loved dressing up to play a pretty convincing Santa. You could hear him whistle for you from blocks away and make you laugh with his Donald Duck impression. Every year he couldn’t wait to organize the Frankford High Christmas party and would often go to lunch on Tuesdays with a handful of his classmates aptly named the “lunch bunch”. Jim loved sharing stories with friends over a good strong Manhattan, but what he loved the most was his time spent with family.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make donations to his favorite charities – the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross, and the American Cancer Society.

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Despite COVID and School Asbestos, Frankford High School's Alumni Association Board members, school administration, student government, choir, and JROTC Color Guard honored our esteemed 114th Pioneer Achievement Award winner in City Hall's "Caucus Room" on Monday, May 20, 2024.

 

He was honored for his tireless dedication to children, fighting for an improved public school education system and building a brighter future for the Philadelphia community.

He has helped young people get the best possible education, provided out-of-school time (OST) programming, strengthened communities of color and worked to improve civic education across the city's racial lines. 

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                  COUNCIL MEMBER ISAIAH THOMAS, CLASS OF 2002         
           FRANKFORD HIGH SCHOOL'S 114TH PIONEER ACHIEVEMENT
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Frankford High students to come back in 2025

after a $20 million refresh

Gutting or knocking down and building anew were rejected as "prohibitively expensive" options at $160 million and $300 million, respectively.

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by Kristen A. Graham 

Published June 12, 2024, 4:08 p.m. ET

The district will spend $20 million to reopen Frankford High, rejecting prior plans to either gut the majestic structure on Oxford Avenue or knock it down completely and rebuild. Those options would have cost $160 and $300 million, respectively, sums deemed “prohibitively expensive” by leaders.

Extensive asbestos damage closed the 110-year-old, four-story building in April 2023. Most Frankford students were forced to learn virtually for the last three months of the 2022-23 school year; then this year they squeezed into the Frankford High annex, and the school’s ninth graders moved to a satellite location at Roberto Clemente Middle School on Erie Avenue, a campus shared by two other schools.

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The $20 million project will address — not remove — all asbestos, and include improvements and a “refresh” of the main building, from the ground to the fourth floor.

“Frankford has been an important and historic center for learning for more than a century in Philadelphia, and we are confident this investment will enable us to safely reopen the building to students and staff,” Chief Operating Officer Oz Hill said in a statement. “We are grateful for the patience and cooperation of the Frankford community and are working cooperatively with school leadership and meeting every quarter to provide updates on our progress.”

After the school year concludes on Friday, some of the asbestos in the building will be repaired, some will be removed, and some will be enclosed. The project includes removal of plaster ceilings and vinyl asbestos tile and installation of new ceilings, tile, and light fixtures, as well as painting and refinishing floors.

Undisturbed asbestos poses no threat, but once asbestos becomes damaged, it is dangerous to human health. District officials said in some cases, they would install laminate panels over asbestos-containing plaster walls. Federal requirements specify that all asbestos-containing materials must be checked twice a year.

 

The Frankford project budget does not cover a new heating and cooling system at Frankford, though; officials said more improvements will be made in the future.

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Over 50 years and you put us in a room together and we still sing The Blessing like it was yesterday. Pat Rider Patricia Maddaford, choir alum, went on to conduct choral choirs so it was fitting to have her spontaneously conduct us.

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I had lunch with the Frankford High School "Lunch Bunch" today.

These Alumni still meet every other week for lunch and it's always fun to share stories and memories of Frankford.

Jack Purdy Class of "52"

Dirk O'Neal Class of "51"

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Mrs. DeGregorio, Ms. Ward and students from our #UnifiedSports class attended the #SpecialOlympics Youth Summit yesterday at 440!! Repping the #HomeofChampions well ❤️💙💛

Girls and Boys Varsity teams both win their games today over Sankofa in our annual MLK Day Games!
Girls dominated 39-19
Boys win a tight one at 47-42

Frankford students had a Rutgers College Visitwith our #collegeaccessprogram coordinator, Mr. Williams and our @frankford_csc partners!

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By Sue Feola

Sue Feola Journeys to Ephesus and Embraces the Biblical & Historical beauty of the restored Ancient Ruins.

My 19-day adventure took me to Turkey, Greece, Ephesus, Crete, Santorni, Cyprus, Scicily, Rhodes, Salerno, Malta and Rome.

Every day was the best day. My favorite place was Ephesus. It was historically magnificent. They recreated and restored an ancient Greek community. We walked among the columns and saw the marketplace and Bible walked on.

 

You had to be in good shape. There was a lot of walking. I went to a winery in Cypress--tasted and purchased a blue wine.  

The cruise was 14 days. We spent a total of five days before the cruise in Rome and a day after the cruise.  In Rome, when they dug up the dirt when building the subway, they often discovered ancient ruins. You can see ancient ruins in a modern subway through a glass window. 

 

This was the trip of a lifetime.  

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