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William M. Meredith School
William M. Meredith School entrance detail, May 2010
725 S. 5th St.,|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||Irwin T. Catharine|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
|MPS||Philadelphia Public Schools TR|
|NRHP reference #||86003307|
|Added to NRHP||December 4, 1986|
Its historic school building was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1930–1931. It is a 16 bay, yellow, white, and brown brick building on a limestone base in the Art Deco-style. It features pronounced molded brick mullions, two Gothic arched entrances, and brick piers.
Kristen M. Graham of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that Meredith had been "small and failing". As a way of desegregating the school, the district opened an arts program. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Graham wrote that after the 1970s "Gradually, Meredith turned around." In 2011 Graham wrote that Meredith was "small but high-achieving", and the following year she stated that Meredith was one of "the district's stronger neighborhood schools".
Circa 1993 Stuart Cooperstein became the principal, and he served in the position until 2008. Cooperstein stated in 2008 that the staff and teachers have a high level of devotion to students, and Graham wrote that the parent organization, which had financed the cafeteria's air conditioning system through fundraisers, was devoted. Graham added that the school had retained many of its art-related programs, including drama, music, and visual arts, despite budget cuts.
In 2011 the district announced that it was cutting $30,370 ($33038.61 inflation-adjusted) from the school's budget. To prevent the elimination of support staff positions parents held a fundraiser: teachers raised about $5,000 ($5439.35 inflation-adjusted) and parents raised over $15,000 ($16318.05 inflation-adjuste 
In 2017 the school had 517 students. Most of them originated from the surrounding area while some commuted from elsewhere. Graham described Meredith's student body as "diverse and stable with high attendance". As of 2018 about 20% of the student's is below the poverty line.
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