John Bartram High School
2401 South 67th Street


TypePublic secondary
School districtThe School District of Philadelphia
PrincipalBrian R. Johnson
Staff26.83 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment518 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio19.31[1]
Bartram, John, High School
John Bartram High School is located in Philadelphia
John Bartram High School
John Bartram High School is located in Pennsylvania
John Bartram High School
John Bartram High School is located in the United States
John Bartram High School
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°55′18″N 75°14′02″W / 39.9218°N 75.2340°W / 39.9218; -75.2340
ArchitectCatharine, Irwin T.; McCloskey & Co.
Architectural styleModerne
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.86003263 [2]
Added to NRHPDecember 4, 1986

John Bartram High School is a public secondary school serving neighborhoods of the Southwest Philadelphia area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the School District of Philadelphia.


On February 5, 1939, John Bartram High School, located at the intersection of 67th Street and Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, opened for the first time to 1,700 students. The school was named after Philadelphian botanist John Bartram. It was built to relieve overcrowding at West Philadelphia High School due to population increases in the southwest part of the city. According to a history of the school published on its 50th anniversary, the school was originally planned to be built at 74th Street and Dicks Avenue, but the site was changed before construction started.

It was one of the first Philadelphia high schools named for a prominent individual rather than a geographic region of the city.

On December 4, 1986, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The school is home to PA-20032 Unit of the Air Force JROTC.[3]

School and site structure


The building is one city block long and the capacity of the school is about 3000 students. The blueprint of the school shows that there are approximately 103 classrooms and 12 staircases. The school has a boys' and a girls' gymnasium for different sporting events. The auditorium can hold about 1077 people. The art-deco building was designed for 2,750 students but frequently held 3,200 or more.


John Bartram students must take four English classes to graduate. English classes are to help students improve their reading, grammar, writing skills, and vocabulary. Optional English classes include SAT English, AP English, Theater, Public Speaking, and AP English Literature.

Feeder Schools

Notable alumni

See also: Category:John Bartram High School alumni


  1. ^ a b c "Bartram John - Main". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  3. ^ "Air Force JROTC Units Across the Nation"
  4. ^ David Martin Stats, Accessed February 22, 2021. "Born: March 15, 1959 (Age: 61-344d) in Philadelphia, PA... High School: John Bartram (PA)"
  5. ^ Cady, Steve. "Earl Monroe: A Spectacular Shooter and a Master Showman", The New York Times, November 14, 1971. Accessed February 22, 2021. "At John Bartram High School, Monroe played center. After graduation, he spent one semester at Temple Prep before dropping out to take a $60‐a‐week job as a shipping clerk."
  6. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, p. 238. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1991. Accessed February 22, 2021. "Ann A. Mullen, Dem., Gloucester Township: Assemblywoman Mullen was born on Oct. 24, 1935, in Philadelphia, Pa., and attended John Bartram High School in that city."
  7. ^ Al-Hajj Shabazz, West Chester Golden Rams. Accessed February 22, 2021. "Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.; High School: John Bartram"