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George Sharswood School
George Sharswood School, May 2010
Location 2300 S. 2nd St.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°55′07″N 75°09′03″W / 39.9187°N 75.1508°W / 39.9187; -75.1508Coordinates: 39°55′07″N 75°09′03″W / 39.9187°N 75.1508°W / 39.9187; -75.1508
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1906–1908
Built by Charles McCaul Co.
Architect Henry deCourcy Richards
Architectural style Colonial Revival
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference # 88002320[1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

George W. Sharswood School is a K-8 school located in the Whitman neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a part of the School District of Philadelphia.


The school building was designed by Henry deCourcy Richards and built in 1906–1908. It is a three-story, seven bay, brick building in the Colonial Revival-style. It features projecting end bays with entrances, a large stone cornice, and brick and stone parapet.[2] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

In 2008 Jack Stollsteimer, a former U.S. attorney,[3] and an area school safety advocate, criticized the school after the principal failed to report an assault of a student in a timely manner.[4] As a result, the school district demanded more thorough reporting from its schools, and the rate of reported incidents sharply increased.[3]

Feeder patterns

Neighborhoods assigned to Sharswood are also assigned to Furness High School.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: George Sharswood School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  3. ^ a b Snyder, Susan, John Sullivan, Kristen A. Graham, and Dylan Purcell. "Underreporting Hides Violence" (Archive). Philadelphia Inquirer. Monday March 28, 2011. Retrieved on November 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Snyder, Susan. "School assault response faulted A Phila. district official said the complaints of an eighth-grade girl should have been addressed immediately." (Archive). Philadelphia Inquirer. January 16, 2008. Retrieved on November 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "A Directory of High Schools for 2009 Admissions" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. p. 15 (PDF p/ 17/40). Accessed November 6, 2008.
  6. ^ "Horace Furness High School Geographic Boundaries" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 4, 2011.

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