George Sharswood School
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George Sharswood School, May 2010
George Sharswood School is located in Philadelphia
George Sharswood School
George Sharswood School is located in Pennsylvania
George Sharswood School
George Sharswood School is located in the United States
George Sharswood School
Location2300 S. 2nd St.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°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
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built byCharles McCaul Co.
ArchitectHenry deCourcy Richards
Architectural styleColonial Revival
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.88002320[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 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 Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  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.