September 21, 2021

A crowd of students, teachers, parents, administrators, and special guests celebrated the success of the Penn Alexander School, which was awarded its second National Blue Ribbon Award from the Department of Education on Sept. 21, 2021. In attendance at the celebration, held outdoors at the Penn Alexander School, was Penn President Amy Gutmann, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. They spoke of the significance of closing the achievement gap during a difficult year and the school’s strong sense of community. They also marked the occasion by honoring the legacy of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the namesake of the school. The Penn Alexander School opened in 2001 as the result of a collaboration between Penn, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

Penn Today news story.

See also Amy Gutmann's Flickr gallery, Facebook page, and Instagram.

Photographer: Eric Sucar, University Communications