Harriton High School
Harriton High School is a public secondary school serving portions of Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia's Main Line suburbs. Harriton is one of two high schools in the Lower Merion School District. In 1957, a new "campus-style" school was designed by architect Vincent Kling, it was situated on a portion of the plantation grounds belonging to Charles Thomson, son-in-law of Richard and Hannah Harrison, giving Harriton High School its name. Harriton High School opened in 1958; as of the 2009 school year, a new three-story building has been completed and the "campus-style" school demolished to make room for sports fields. The old Harriton High School consisted of five buildings connected by covered walkways otherwise open to the elements, a style unusual for the region that it shared with Welsh Valley Middle School, built at the same time; the new school's design departs from this style greatly—a modern design that encompasses a simple and effective layout with a focus on natural light and an airy environment.
Harriton hosts a successful Science Olympiad chapter. The Team has placed among the top 10 at the Science Olympiad National Tournament for 21 consecutive years, winning three national championships and 16 consecutive state championships in that span. Harriton competes in the Southeastern Region for Pennsylvania for States. Although they have not run any invitationals in the past, Harriton participates in multiple of invitationals, including Conestoga, Twin Tiers, Wright State, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell and Princeton. In the states competition, Harriton held the longest winning streak out of any Pennsylvanian team, athletic or not—placing first place at States for sixteen consecutive years. At the National competition, the team won the national title in 1995, 2001 and 2005. Additionally, the team has competed in the national competition from 1994 to present, 22 years. Harriton High School features a chapter of the United States Academic Decathlon; the chapter participates in the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Competition.
Its most recent results can be found here. Harriton features orchestra. Harriton features a performance jazz band; every fall and spring, Harriton stages a music concert featuring all the ensembles, as well as an occasional string quartet or percussion ensemble. Though it lacks a marching band, Harriton does have its own "RAM Band", which plays at home and away football games; every year orchestra. In addition to these directed groups, Harriton is home to Pitch Please, a student-run a cappella group; the school newspaper had been called the Harriton Forum or the Harriton Free Forum since the opening of Harriton High School in 1957. In October 2006, it was renamed the Harriton Banner; the newspaper includes News, Features, Arts & Entertainment, Spotlight, Daily Announcements, Archives sections. Harriton High School features a chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America; the chapter has been successful in the last few years. Members who advance past the PA Region 20 competition are eligible to compete in the annual State Leadership Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Members of FBLA chapters from across the State of Pennsylvania compete at the SLC for the right to compete in the National Leadership Conference. Harriton TSA has had successes at regional and national competitions, including a TSA national championship in Prepared Presentation in 2010. Harriton TSA members held five of the eight Pennsylvania TSA state officer positions; the four Lower Merion School District TSA chapters, including Harriton's TSA win more awards than any other school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As TSA itself deals within the realm of STEM learning, it is compared to the successful Science Olympiad team; this is the main body of representation for the Harriton student body. HSC holds meetings. HSC recruits members. Members are divided into six committees: Students' Rights, Communication, Finance and Technology. There is a sub-committee under Students' Rights, established after the district initiated the 1:1 laptop-to-student initiative. Council is the organizing and executing body of the annual "Mr. Harriton" competition, one of the flagship productions at Harriton High School.
Mr harriton is a competition between male students engaging in a "beauty pageant" style competition. It is a comedic event and it raises money for charity; the Student Council collects revenue from the show through catalog advertising. In 2014, the Student Council raised a record $17,000. In December 2018, the name of the event was changed to "Dr. Harriton" to reflect the fact that anyone may participate. Harriton High School competes the Central League in District 1 of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Harriton's girls tennis team held the PIAA State Class AA Team Tennis Title for seven consecutive years from 2004 to 2010. After moving up to Class AAA in 2012, girls tennis won the PIAA State Class AAA Team Tennis Title in 2016. Harriton's girls lacrosse won the PIAA State Championship in 2013. Since 2013, Ram Golf has reached the PIAA District Team Championship competition in two of three years, as well as individuals reaching the district competition each year. Harriton has a cross country team in the fall, as well as a track team for the winter and the spring.
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
Lower Merion Township is a township in Montgomery County and part of the Philadelphia Main Line. As of the 2016 U. S. Census, the township had a total population of 58,288. Lower Merion has the 5th highest per-capita income and the 12th highest median household income in the country with a population of 50,000 or more; the name Merion originates with the county of Merioneth in north Wales. Merioneth is an English-language translation of the Welsh Meirionnydd. Lower Merion, along with Upper Darby, Cheltenham together form as the major inner ring suburbs of Philadelphia. Lower Merion Township was first settled in 1682 by Welsh Quakers who were granted a tract of land by William Penn. In 1713, Lower Merion was established as an independent Township with about 52 landholders and tenants. In 1900, the Township was incorporated as a Township of the First Class. Lower Merion is home to the oldest continuously used place of worship in the United States, the Merion Friends Meeting House, used continuously since 1695.
The Mill Creek Historic District, Seville Theatre are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Green Hill Farms was added in 2011. In 2010, the township received national media attention when a student filed a lawsuit — Robbins v. Lower Merion School District — after a school administrator used the webcam of a school-issued laptop to spy on the student while the student was in his home; the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union filed an amicus brief in support of the student. In 2012, the Federal Highway Administration modified the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices in a way that would have required the replacement of Lower Merion's historic street signs, some of which date back to the early 1910s. After some campaigning by local residents and by Senator Pat Toomey, the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners declared, via an ordinance, the entire Lower Merion as a historic district and received a waiver from Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.9 square miles, of which, 23.7 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it is water. The Township is bounded by the Wynnefield Heights, Belmont Village and Overbrook communities in the city of Philadelphia; the Borough of Narberth, a separate political entity of one-half square mile, is surrounded by the Township. Forming the Township's southern border is City Avenue separating it from the City of Philadelphia. Along City Ave, starting with the Schuylkill Expressway and continuing on to Lord & Taylor at Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd, is what is known as the "Golden Mile" which includes the radio and television studios of WCAU, the Exxon Building, the Fox Building and the Germantown Savings Bank Building. In back of these buildings are the Bala Cynwyd Plazas; the Township's eastern border is along the Schuylkill River, paralleled by the Schuylkill Expressway, a limited access roadway that connects to Philadelphia and the Valley Forge Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The famed Mid-County Interchange is located just outside the Township. Other highways serving the Township are U. S. Route 30 and Pennsylvania Routes 23 and 320. Before European settlement, Lower Merion's dense forest was home to bears, wolves, otters, weasels, grouses, woodland bison and bald eagles; when Europeans arrived, they began chasing away much of the wildlife. After World War Two, Lower Merion transformed from a farming township to a suburban one, wildlife changed accordingly. Today, red foxes, white-footed mice, horned owls, raccoons, songbirds and white-tailed deer populate the township. Ardmore Bala Cynwyd Belmont Hills Bryn Mawr Gladwyne Haverford Merion Overbrook Hills Pencoyd Penn Valley Penn Wynne Roseglen Rosemont Villanova Wynnewood As of the 2010 census, the township was 85.7% White, 5.6% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 6.0% Asian, 1.9% were two or more races. 3.0% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. As of the census of 2000, there were 59,850 people, 22,868 households, 15,024 families residing in the township.
The population density was 2,526.1 people per square mile. There were 23,699 housing units at an average density of 1,000.3/sq mi. The racial makeup of the township was 90.30% White, 4.50% African American, 0.08% Native American, 3.42% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population. There were 22,868 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.3% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals, 12.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.99. In the township the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64 and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years.
For every 100 females, there were 83.5 males. For every 100 women aged 18 and over, there were 78.7 males. The median
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College is a women's liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Founded as a Quaker institution in 1885, Bryn Mawr is one of the Seven Sister colleges and the Tri-College Consortium; the college has an enrollment of 450 graduate students. U. S. News & World Report lists Bryn Mawr College as the 32nd best liberal arts college in the United States in its 2017 rankings. In 2018, the college ranking site Niche listed Bryn Mawr as the 15th most diverse college in America. Bryn Mawr is known for being the first women's college to offer graduate education through a PhD. Bryn Mawr College is a private women's liberal arts college founded in 1885; the phrase bryn mawr means "large hill" in Welsh "hill large". The Graduate School is co-educational, it is named after the town of Bryn Mawr, in which the campus is located, renamed by a representative of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Bryn Mawr was the name of an area estate granted to Rowland Ellis by William Penn in the 1680s. Ellis's former home called Bryn Mawr, was a house near Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales.
The College was founded through the bequest of Joseph W. Taylor, its first president was James Evans Rhoads. Bryn Mawr was one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to offer graduate degrees, including doctorates, to women; the first class included eight graduate students. Bryn Mawr was affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends, but by 1893 had become non-denominational. In 1912, Bryn Mawr became the first college in the United States to offer doctorates in social work, through the Department of Social Economy and Social Research; this department became the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 1970. In 1931, Bryn Mawr began accepting men as graduate students, while remaining women-only at the undergraduate level. From 1921 to 1938 the Bryn Mawr campus was home to the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, founded as part of the labor education movement and the women's labor movement; the school taught women workers political economy and literature, as well as organizing many extracurricular activities.
A June 3, 2008, article in The New York Times discussed the move by women's colleges in the United States to promote their schools in the Middle East. The article noted that in doing so, the schools promote the work of alumnae of women's colleges such as Hillary Clinton, Emily Dickinson, Diane Sawyer, Katharine Hepburn and Madeleine Albright; the Dean of Admissions of Bryn Mawr noted, "We still prepare a disproportionate number of women scientists We’re about the empowerment of women and enabling women to get a top-notch education." The article contrasted the difference between women's colleges in the Middle East and "the American colleges for all their white-glove history and academic prominence, are liberal strongholds where students fiercely debate political action, gender identity and issues like'heteronormativity', the marginalizing of standards that are other than heterosexual. Middle Eastern students who attend these colleges tell of a transition that can be jarring."The College celebrated its 125th anniversary of "bold vision, for women, for the world" during the 2010–2011 academic year.
In September 2010, Bryn Mawr hosted an international conference on issues of educational access and opportunity in secondary schools and universities in the United States and around the world. Other festivities held for the anniversary year included publication of a commemorative book on 125 years of student life, and, in partnership with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, creation of a mural in West Philadelphia highlighting advances in women's education. On February 9, 2015, the Board of Trustees announced approval of a working group recommendation to expand the undergraduate applicant pool. Trans women and intersex individuals identifying as women may now apply for admission, while trans men identifying as such at time of application may not; this official decision made Bryn Mawr the fourth women's college in the United States to accept trans women. 1885–1894 James E. Rhoads 1894–1922 M. Carey Thomas 1922–1942 Marion Edwards Park 1942–1970 Katharine Elizabeth McBride 1970–1978 Harris L. Wofford 1978–1997 Mary Patterson McPherson 1997–2008 Nancy J. Vickers 2008–2013 Jane Dammen McAuliffe 2013–present Kimberly Wright Cassidy The campus was designed in part by noted landscape designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, has subsequently been designated an arboretum.
In 2011, Travel+Leisure named Bryn Mawr as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. The majority of Bryn Mawr students live on campus in residence halls. Many of the older residence halls were designed by Cope & Stewardson and are known for their Collegiate Gothic architecture, modeled after Cambridge University; each is named after a county town in Wales: Brecon, Denbigh and Radnor, Pembroke East and West. Rhoads North and South was named after James E. Rhoads. Erdman was opened in 1965, designed by architect Louis Kahn. In addition, students may choose to live in Batten House. Perry House, established as the Spanish language house in 1962, was redefined as the Black Cultural Center in the 1970s. In 2015, Perry House was relaunched by the college in the former French tower of Haffner, which had undergone renovations and reconstruction the previous year. Along with Perry, now known as
Lower Merion High School
Lower Merion High School is a public high school in Ardmore, a community in Philadelphia's Main Line suburbs. It is one of two high schools in the Lower Merion School District. Lower Merion serves the Borough of Narberth. In 2005 it was ranked among the top sixty public or private U. S. high schools by The Wall Street Journal. Its athletics teams are known as the "Aces," but the football team is called the "Bulldogs". In 1894, with the consolidation of the area's three village high schools, Lower Merion began its first year in a stone building shared with the Ardmore Avenue Elementary School in Ardmore. In 1897, nine students participated in the school's first commencement ceremony; the original high school faculty had seven members, including superintendent. The curriculum offered only a two-year preparation for either industry; the Ardmore Avenue School burned in 1900 but was rebuilt of stone. In 1911, the high school moved out of the elementary school to new quarters and constructed at the present site, 245 E.
Montgomery Avenue. Dedicated on December 2, 1911, "Lower Merion Senior High School" was an impressive granite and stone edifice considered one of the finest new educational facilities in the state; the 17-acre property, complete with three stone-arch entrances, landscaped grounds, a football stadium grew to 23 acres with the purchase and annexation of the Clarke House. At its opening, twenty-one staff members were employed under principal "Professor" Charles B. Pennypacker. In 1922, Ardmore Junior High School was constructed adjacent to the senior high school, in 1926 two new wings were added on either side of the main high school building; these additions doubled the size of the original school, helping to accommodate increasing enrollment. The present administration building was constructed in 1932 to provide office space and an additional twenty-five classrooms. By 1940, the teaching staff had expanded to 61 under the direction of principal George H. Gilbert. Total student enrollment was 1461 for grades 10–12.
In 1943 an adjoining "technical" building was added along the School House Lane side to house shops for auto repair, print, wood-working and drafting. In 1950, a cafeteria/library wing, designed by the Philadelphia firm of Savory and Gilmour, was added near Pennypacker athletic field; that same year the 18-acre General Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold athletic fields opened directly across Montgomery Ave. By 1957, enrollment had grown to 1,663 students and the time had come to build a second high school in Lower Merion Township; the original 1910 building was demolished in 1963 and replaced by an air-conditioned classroom structure designed by H. A. Kuljian and Co. Due to enrollment increases and to accommodate changing program needs, the district reconfigured spaces in the facility, including re-opening classroom and storage space in the former Ardmore Junior High School in the 1990s.. Rooms in the technical building were converted to other uses, including art classes, computer labs, the school's television studio.
Original classrooms were re-purposed as spaces for individualized learning support and students with special needs. The central lobby that connected the 1932 and 1963 structures was converted to a college-style help center in 2004. In 2004, a community advisory committee determined that existing facilities no longer met the standards of the Lower Merion community and recommended that a new school, configured for 21st century education, be constructed on the same site; the Board and administration authorized construction of this new school in 2007. Demolition of the "Ardmore Annex", the natatorium, one of the school's two gyms commenced in the summer of 2008 to make way for construction; the new Lower Merion High School opened in September 2010 and was dedicated in a public ceremony on October 17, 2010. In addition to state-of-the-art classrooms, science laboratories, art classrooms, music rehearsal spaces, the new Lower Merion features a lecture hall with tiered seating, a multi-purpose black box theater, an 850-seat auditorium/theater, a greenhouse for environmental and horticultural studies, high-performance athletic facilities, a swimming pool, a television studio, multi-media production facilities, a music technology lab, an expansive courtyard, a two-story, glass-encased library that serves as the building’s exterior focal point along Montgomery Avenue.
The school features a planetarium on top of the old building that closed after it was declared a fire hazard. It was temporarily transformed into a staff lounge room. However, the room is vacated; the new school was constructed adjacent to the historic district administration office building, the only "original" structure that remains on the site. A number of measures were approved by the Lower Merion Historic Commission to ensure the school was designed to complement this Class I historic resource; the placement of the new building provides an unobstructed view of the DAO from Montgomery Avenue. The color and size of the masonry used in the new building is reflective of materials of the DAO. Vertical windows and metal spandrel panels echo elements of the DAO’s façade; the scale of the building is sympathetic to the nearby residential neighborhood. The stone engraving of Ardmore Junior High School's motto, "Enter To Learn, Go Forth To Serve," remains on the front lawn of the high school property, facing Montgomery Avenue.
Lower Merion is listed among the to
Penn Valley, Pennsylvania
Penn Valley is an unincorporated community located within Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. Penn Valley residents share a zip code with Merion, Narberth, or Wynnewood because the town does not have its own post office. However, Penn Valley is a distinct community with a civic association that helps local residents and visitors demarcate the town's boundaries with an iconic sign that dates from the town's incorporation in 1930. Lower Merion was settled in 1682 by Welsh Quakers and in 1713 became a township with about fifty residents. In 1930 the areas known as "Fairview," "Crow's Hill," and "Bowler's Woods" were incorporated to become Penn Valley. Penn Valley was a farming community, it became more residential in 1939 when the 539-acre farm and mansion known as Penshurst Farm was demolished. Other farms in Penn Valley included "Crow's Hill", sold in 1921. Today, silos can still be found in Penn Valley on Fairview Road. Penhurst Farm was a 539-acre farm and mansion built and owned by Percival Roberts, scion of the family that founded Lower Merion in 1682.
It, located on both sides of Hagy's Ford Road, Conshohocken State Road, the Schuylkill River. The mansion was built in 1903 and was made up of 75 rooms, multiple English gardens, a rock garden with ornamental fountains, a fish pond, a terraced stairway, elements of which still stand as components of the residence, subsequently built upon the property; the original mansion had a private electrical unit and a water-piping system. The farm on the Penhurst property was one of the most productive in all of Pennsylvania, it had exquisite animals including a pack of award-winning Ayrshire cattle, which were known for eating alfalfa. The farm had top-notch Berkshire hogs and sheep, it has been reported that the farm may have had peacocks because they were seen in Penn Valley during the late 1980s. The farm had large dairy machines and barns, their milk was popular because it was not pasteurized, which went against government recommendations. In 1939 the mansion was demolished and the items were sold at an auction.
In 1943 most of the land was sold to Home Life Insurance Company and built upon. The farm's water storage tower persisted into the 1980s on a terrace above the ball fields of Welsh Valley Middle School and gave its name to Tower Lane. It, was demolished when state authorities deemed it a safety hazard. Today, the only remaining signs of the mansion are its former gates that can be seen off of Conshohocken State Road. Penn Valley houses the Penn Valley Women's Club, built in 1826–1828 by farmers where it served as a one-room weekday school and a place for Sunday religious gatherings; the original club was replaced with a new building, in 1876. However, that building was torn down, around 1926; until World War 2 the Women's Club was used to hold religious services. The original Penn Valley Women's Club was repaired in 1951 and now houses The Penn Valley Civic Association. In 1978 the Women's Club was designated a historic site by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, it was given repairs in 2016.
Another historic building was located at the corner of Fairview Road and Summit Avenue as a small frame house with a Queen Porch built for the Centennial. Though the house had Class 2 Historical status the township's Historical Committee reached a compromise allowing the house to be demolished after realizing fire damage from a basement fire would cost an extensive amount to fix; the original house was demolished in August 2013 and a new house was completed in late 2014. In 1793 the Mutual Assurance Fire Company of Philadelphia erected milestones to honor William Penn's family for a land donation. Milestones 9–13 were put in Penn Valley; the milestones have a number on the front and three raised cannonballs on a bar within William Penn's family's coat-of-arms. Part of Mill Creek goes through Penn Valley. In the past, 24 mills were located on Mill Creek, which used its water to power their wool and powder mills until early in the twentieth century. One miller, John Frederick Bicking, owned a paper mill along Mill Creek and ten acres where Summit Road meets Fairview Road.
The Bickings family cemetery can still be found on Fairview Road. The 2010 Census found. Racially, 88% of Penn Valley's residents are Caucasian, 4% are Asian, 2.4% are Hispanic, 1.8% are black and the rest are two or more races, Pacific Islander, American Indian or other race. Of Penn Valley’s Caucasian residents, 14.7% have Russian ancestry and 4.0% have eastern European ancestry. Penn Valley’s median income is more than $100,000 per family—a higher median income than 99.7% of the country. None of the children in the town live beneath the poverty level. Penn Valley is located in the heart of The Main Line, a part of suburban Philadelphia named after the Pennsylvania Railroad's original rail line to the West; the railroad runs from 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia due west through the communities of Overbrook, Narberth/Penn Valley, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Strafford, Saint Davids, Berwyn and Paoli. Most of Penn Valley is residential, except for parts of Montgomery Avenue, which touches the western part of Penn Valley.
Penn Valley is not a valley, but Hollow Road does lead into an old ravine that goes towards the river. The elevation from there to Hagys Ford Road is 300 to 380 feet. Lower Merion Township maintains its recycling and refuse burning center at the foot of Woodbine Avenue just be
Narberth is a borough in Montgomery County, United States. It is one of many neighborhoods on the historic Pennsylvania Main Line; the population was 4,282 at the 2010 census. Narberth is located on a parcel of land deeded to Edward Rees, who arrived from Wales in 1682. A portion of this original tract became the 100-acre farm of Edward R. Price, who founded Elm as a Quaker-friendly town in 1881; the town name changed to Narberth in 1893, Narberth was incorporated in 1895. In 1995, the borough celebrated its 100th birthday with a year-long celebration; the Narbrook Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. As of the 2010 census, the borough was 90.4% White, 1.9% Black or African American, 4.4% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, 2.7% were two or more races. 2.4% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,233 people, 1,904 households, 1,037 families residing in the borough; the population density was 8,571.7 people per square mile.
There were 1,981 housing units at an average density of 4,011.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 95.23% White, 1.18% African American, 0.12% Native American, 2.27% Asian, 0.14% from other races, 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population. There were 1,904 households, out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 45.5% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals, 10.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 3.02. In the borough the population was spread out, with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.
The median income for a household in the borough is $79,822. Males had a median income of $59,076 versus $41,518 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $35,165. About 2.6% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over. The borough has many square blocks of fine old Victorian homes and apartment buildings, most its families live north and west of downtown areas, extending north along Montgomery Avenue to North Wynnewood Avenue. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.5 square miles, all of it land. Narberth is an enclave surrounded by Lower Merion Township, close to the western edge of the city of Philadelphia, it is part of the "Main Line", a string of leafy, picturesque suburbs with quaint Welsh names extending west from Philadelphia along the old Pennsylvania Railroad's "main line" from Merion through Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Villanova and Wayne among other towns and municipalities.
Narberth is unique among those locations in that it is enclosed. Because of its small size, many of Narberth's shopping and recreational facilities within walking distance of residents' houses. SEPTA's "Main Line" railroad tracks separate North Side from South Side. Narberth is a residential community, with a central business district along Haverford, Narberth and Essex Avenues; the borough is bordered by the towns of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. Narberth's business district has a variety of small independent businesses; some have been there for decades, including the American Family Market, The Cheese Company and Real Pizza. In recent years, many new businesses have opened, including Sweet Mabel Store and Studio, the Narberth Bookshop, Le Petit Mitron, Village Treats. Narberth has an independent movie theater located in its downtown. Many borough businesses belong to the Narberth Business Association, which promotes the town as a shopping destination and puts on occasional events, including the Spring Sidewalk Sale and the Narberth Dickens Festival.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Narberth has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps; the Borough of Narberth maintains two recreational facilities: The Narberth Playground and the Sabine Avenue Playground. The Narberth Playground has two basketball courts, three tennis courts, a field area, a junior basketball court, a playground for younger children; the Sabine Avenue Tot Lot, on the grounds of the former Narberth Elementary School, is the smaller of the two and was renovated with new playground equipment. In addition, the borough sponsors a Fall soccer program, a Spring baseball program, a Summer basketball program, many other sports and recreation activities. Narberth has a city manager form of government with a seven-member Borough Council; the Mayor is a Democrat. The members of borough council, all of whom are Democrats, are Aaron Muderick, Gigi Tevlin-Moffat, Bob Weisbord, Jim Nixon, Cyndi Rickards, Michele Paninopoulos and Rob McGreevey.
The Borough Manager is Sean Metrick. The Assistant Borough Manager is Matt West; the Solicitor is John Walko. The borough is part of the Fourth Congressional District. In the
Lower Merion School District
Lower Merion School District, or LMSD, is a public school district located in Montgomery County, United States. The school district includes the Borough of Narberth. Established in 1836, LMSD is one of the oldest districts in Pennsylvania, it is the wealthiest school district in the state, one of the wealthiest school districts in the country. Eleven schools comprise the district: Lower Merion High School Harriton High School Bala Cynwyd Middle School Welsh Valley Middle School Belmont Hills Elementary School Cynwyd Elementary School Gladwyne Elementary School The Loepke School for Endangered Students. Merion Elementary School, the site of the April 4, 1991, plane crash that killed Republican U. S. Senator John Heinz; the plane crash took the lives of six others, including two first grade students playing at recess. Penn Wynne Elementary School, the elementary school that Alex Scott attended. Penn Valley Elementary School In February 2010, a class action lawsuit was filed against the school district, alleging that Harriton High School had been secretly using remotely activated webcams built into laptops issued to their students to spy on the students in their homes, thereby infringing on their privacy rights.
The webcam picture-snapping function was part of an anti-theft mechanism to help locate laptops that were reported by students as stolen. This function was activated by the school district on numerous occasions without adherence to the established guidelines; the lawsuit was filed by the parents of a student, warned by an assistant principal that he had been engaging in "improper behavior" in his bedroom. The schools admitted to snapping over 66,000 pictures and screenshots, including webcam shots of students in their bedrooms. However, no individuals were found guilty of spying. List of school districts in Pennsylvania LMSD website Community Site with information on LMSD budget issues LMSD Science and Technology Education Department LMSD Technology Education recent news site