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Ivy Leaf School Collection

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BC019

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Biographical Note:

The Ivy Leaf School was a tuition-based educational institution that was founded in 1965 by William and Liller Green. It is the oldest African American school in the City of Philadelphia and one of the largest in the nation. From the beginning, Ivy Leaf provided an accelerated academic program that resulted in the widespread support of parents and the community.

From an initial enrollment of 17 pre-school in 1965 the school’s educational ladder extended from nursery through eighth grade, with a student enrollment of 725 students.

During the 2000-2001 school years the corporate structure of Ivy Leaf School changed from a family-owned enterprise to a non-profit school managed by a Board of Directors. The decision challenged the school to move on to greater heights as it sought to broaden educational opportunities for its student body.

True to its legacy, the school continued to take seriously its mission to prepare each student to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and personal values which helped them to become active, productive, and concerned individuals. The school’s steadfast pursuit of excellence, within a positive and nurturing environment has earned it a national reputation.

The Ivy Leaf School was built upon a great legacy that focused upon teaching their student body the value of learning and achievement, respect for the individual, and service to others.

Students who graduated from Ivy Leaf School were accepted into the top academic high schools in the city. Many of their alumni are graduates of some of the outstanding institutions in the country and are making significant contributions in their communities in law, medicine, technology, education, science, and public service.

Ivy Leaf’s progress over the years has been possible due to its fine staff, excellent program, and the wonderful support of parents and the community. Within the framework of a comprehensive curriculum which emphasized the mastery of academic skills, in which the history and culture of African peoples were taught, Ivy Leaf School sought to prepare to become effective and productive leaders of tomorrow and to meet the needs, demands and challenges of our changing society. From 1999-2000, Ivy Leaf School participated in a voluntary process of self-evaluation as measured by standards certified by the Commission on Elementary Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and School. Ivy Leaf School passed a rigid scrutiny which validated the outstanding educational legacy it has created during its 40-year history.

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Description of Collection

The collection consists of the papers of William C. and Liller B. Green from 1965-2008. The papers include curriculums, correspondence, photographs, yearbooks, graduation programs, videos, cassettes and other collected material related to the school’s history, accreditation, daily operations, special school activities and outstanding alumni. The majority of the correspondence concerns the student and parent activities. Also of interest in the collection are a number of articles concerning the school including awards and citations. Photographs are mostly of students, faculty and alumni. The collection also includes the school’s 20th, 30th and 40th commemorative anniversary publications.

Organization and Arrangement

Series 1: Boxes 1-3

Series 2: School History, Daily Operations, Curriculum, Scholarships. Box 4

Series 3: Trophies. Box 5

Series 4: Awards. Boxes 6-7

Series 5: Citations and Awards. Box 8

Series 6: School History, Photo Albums. Box 9

Series 7: Cassettes. Box 10

Series 8: Miscellaneous. Boxes 11-13

Series 9: Dolls. Boxes 14-15

Highlights in the History of Ivy Leaf School

Year Event

1965 Ivy Leaf School founded by William C. and Liller B. Green. The school officially opened at 168 Herman with 17 pre-school students. Liller Green became director of Ivy Leaf School. Maximum student population of 55 reached (1965-1970).

1970 Ivy Leaf School incorporated under the Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

1971 Purchase and renovation of the property at 629 E. Church Lane. Education ladder extended from first through fourth grade. Total student population 255.

1977 Ivy Leaf School Parent’s Council organized. The council purchases 22 computers for classroom instruction.

1979 Purchase and renovation of the property at 1196. E. Washington Lane. Education ladder extended to the 8th grade. Betty Lightly appointed Lead Teacher of Church Lane Pre- School program.

1981 William C. Green joins the administrative staff of Ivy Leaf School as Dean of Students after 30 years as a teacher and administrator with the School District of Philadelphia.

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Highlights in the History of Ivy Leaf School

Year Event

1982 Purchase and renovation of the old Temple Judea building at 6929 N. Broad Street. The building is dedicated as a Middle School.

1983 William C. Green becomes the first Director of Ivy Leaf Middle School. Fifth through ninth grade students began class in the Broad Street building. Directors decide to limit educational ladder from nursery to ninth grade, Broad Street became Ivy Leaf Middle School exclusively. Total school enrollment reaches 650.

1984 First full eighth grade class graduation from Ivy Leaf Middle School; one ninth grade class graduated.

1985 Observance of the Twentieth Anniversary of Ivy Leaf School at Convention Hall (Pennsylvania Hall).

1986 168 East Herman Street which housed Nursery-Pre-Kindergarten was sold; classes moved to Church Lane. Kindergarten classes moved to Washington Lane. Fourth Grade classes moved to Broad Street. Renee Brooks appointed as Coordinator of Ivy Elementary School.

1987 Barbara Hicks appointed Administrative Assistant of Ivy Leaf Middle School. First Move- Up Day activity for third graders.

1989 William Green retires as Director of Ivy Leaf Middle School. Barbara Hicks appointed Administrator of Ivy Leaf Middle School. Charles Coleman appointed as Administrative Assistant of Ivy Leaf Middle School.

1990 Observance of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Ivy leaf School at Lakey’s Restaurant.

1991 Charles Coleman resigns as Administrative Assistant of Ivy Leaf School. Alice Hollingshed appointed as Administrative Assistant to replace Charles Coleman.

1992 Mattie Wilkinson appointed Counselor and Physical Educational Resource Consultant of Ivy Leaf School.

1993 Charles Coleman appointed Counselor and Physical Educational instructor of Ivy Leaf School. The Rites of Passage Program for Seventh and 8th grade boys initiated by Charles Coleman.

1994 Thirty year Anniversary of Ivy Leaf School begins with a series of programs and activities to mark the occasion. Total student population reaches 770.

1999 Liller Green retires as Director of Ivy Leaf School after a distinguished 34 year career.

Renee C. Brooks appointed Director of Ivy Leaf School.

2000 Ivy leaf School applies for and receives approval to operate as a 501.c.3 non-profit, corporation. A Board of Directors is selected to conduct the affairs of the school.

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Highlights in the History of Ivy Leaf School

Year Event

2001 Ivy Leaf receives accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Scholarship Fund established.

2002 Bill Cosby accepts an invitation to visit Ivy Leaf School. He delivers an inspiring speech to Middle School students. Pattie Labelle accepts an invitation to visit Ivy Leaf School and provides encouraging words to the student body.

2003 The Church Lane Building is closed. Students are transferred to the Lower School at Washington Lane. Two modules are purchased to provide facilities for the pre-school students.

2004 The 40th Anniversary of Ivy Leaf School is initiated with a parade and Fall Festival at Washington Lane site.

2005 Ivy Leaf School commemorated its 40th Anniversary with a banquet at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. Renee Brooks resigns as Director of Ivy Leaf School. Liller B. Green returns as an interim Director of Ivy Leaf School. Mattie D. Wilkinson recommended by the Board to become Director of Ivy Lead School effective September 1, 2005.

2006 Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations were held on the campus of the New Covenant Church in Mount Airy.

2008 The School officially closed on June 13, 2008 after 43 years of service to Philadelphia and surrounding communities.

2012 Green Tree School purchases the former Ivy Leaf School property on Washington Lane

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog:

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Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository and require up to two business days to retrieve.  Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection in advance of your visit so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

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Publication and Copyright Information

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on Reproduction. Information on copyright (literary rights) available from repository.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item(s)], Ivy Leaf School Collection, Charles L.  Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries

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Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in March 2013 by Dhruv Thakker and Ashabi Rich; Supervised by Leslie Willis-Lowry, Temple University.

Inventory

Series 1

Box Folder Content

1 1 Biographical Information & Resume of Mr. & Mrs. Moore

1 2 “Book of Reflection: 34 Years”

1 3 Minute - Corporate Records

1 4 Minute – Corporate Records

1 5 Charter – Certificate Book

1 6 Board of Directors by Law

1 7 Board of Directors

1 - Citations

2 8 Achievements of Ivy Leaf Graduates/ Recommendations

2 9 Distinguished Service Award                                                                           Feb. 19, 2006

2 10 Letters from Parents

2 11 Letters from Students

2 12 Graduation Program Speakers

2 13 Yearbook 2007-2008

2 14 Yearbook 2006-2007

2 15 Yearbook 2005-2006

2 16 Yearbook 2002-2003

2 17 Yearbook 2001-2002

2 18 Class of 2003

2 19 Yearbook 1999

2 20 Yearbook 1998

2 21 Yearbook 1996

2 22 Yearbook 1994

2 23 Yearbook 1992-1993

2 24 Yearbook 1992

2 25 Yearbook 1988-1989

2 26 Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence (1965-1995)

Series 1

Box Folder Content

2 - Article Columns

2 - Ivy Leaf School Commencements (1982-2008)

3           27 Content 20th Anniversary Citation- House of Representatives

3 28 20th Anniversary

3 29 30th Anniversary – Articles and Pictures

3 30 30th Anniversary Photos

3 31 30th Anniversary Citation Commonwealth of Penn., Office of Governor, Tom Ridge

3           32 30th Anniversary Citation, House of Representatives of Pennsylvania

3           33 Content 40th Anniversary, House of Representatives of Pennsylvania

3 34 40th Anniversary Book

3 35 25th Anniversary Letters

3 36         25th Anniversary Commemorative, House of Representative of Pennsylvania                    

3 37 Brochures

Series 2: School History, Daily Operations, Curriculum, Scholarships

Box Folder Content

4 38 Middle States Re-accreditation Report                                                       Mar. 25/27, 2007

4 39 Letters, Certificate from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

4 40 Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools

4 41 Ivy Leaf Scholarship Fund, Donors list,

4 42 Financial Aid application form, Financial Aid Report, Winners of

Scholarships

4 43 Mr. Green Scholarship Recipients                                                                         2004-2005

4 44 Special School Activities

4 45 Ivy Leaf Graduates, Thank You Letters from Parents and Students

4 46 Ivy Leaf Staff Manual, School Calendar (Sample), Ivy Leaf Handbook for Parents

4 47 A File of Administrative Bulletins

4 48 Administrative Bulletin

4 49 Correspondences, Recommendations for Fund Raising

Series 2: School History, Daily Operations, Curriculum, Scholarships

Box Folder Content

4          50 Ivy Leaf Kudos

4 51 Attempt to Purchase site at Green Street before Broad Street                                        1982

4 52 Washington Lane 1979, History of Building before it became Ivy leaf

4 53 1945 August 12 Germantown Courier, Church Lane                                                     1971

4 54 Initial Days, History of Ivy Leaf School

4 55 The Ivy Leaf Story, History and Philosophy

4 56 Facts About Education in Pennsylvania

4 57 Case Study of Former Students of Ivy Leaf

4 58 “Book of Reflection: 34 years” – 1965-1999, City’s Oldest Black School

4 59 Applications of the Original 17 Students

4 60 Ivy Leaf Middle School Closing

4 61 Auxiliary Courses

4 62 7th/8th Grade Course Description; Letter of Expectation: Curriculum Skills

4 63 6th Grade, Letter of Expectation – Curriculum Skills

4 64 5th Grade Letter of Expectation – Curriculum Skills

4 65 4th Grade Letter of Expectation – Curriculum Skills

4 66 Inventory of Textbooks – Grades 4th-8th  Daily Schedules

4 67 4th-6th Course Description

4 68 3rd Grade Curriculum

4 69 2nd Grade Curriculum

4 70 1st Grade Daily Schedule

4 71 Nursery Curriculum 2000-2001

4 72 Reading is Fun

4 73 Reading is Fun: Level 3

4 74 School Improvement Plan Report



 

Series 3: Trophies

Box Folder Content

5 - Outstanding Leadership Award, 1985

5 - Ivy Leaf School, 1965-1990

5 - Newsmaker’s Award (by Comcast & Starz), 2000

5 - Ivy Leaf School, Class of 2005

Series 4: Awards

Box Folder Content

6 - “Men of Grace” Grace Baptist Church, Rev. J. A. Wright, Pastor, 1975

6 - Grace Baptist Church, Dr. J. A. Wright, 1975

6 - Douglas S. Williams, Class of 1976

6 - The Edythe Ingraham Award, ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, Inc.

6 - Omega Omega Chapter, 1980

6 - Scholarship Committee of Tenth Memorial Baptist Church, Pastor

William B. Moore, 1983,

6 - Morgan State University Foundation, Inc., 1986

6 - Banks De’Amor Associates, 1989

6 - Enqutatash-Ethiopian Community Award, 1996

6 - Francis Cole, 1996

6 - Class of 1999

6 - The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 2000

6 - Germantown Historical Society Hall of Fame, 2001

6 - Senate of Pennsylvania

6 - Resolution of Congratulations

6 - Community Service Award, 5th November 1995

7 - The Richard Allen Award                                                                                               1982

7 - The A. B. Frazier Award                                                                                                 1984

7 - Ivy Leaf School                                                                                                               1989

7 - Tasker Street Baptist Church, Pastor James A. Lovett                                                   1990

7 - Community Service Award, Holy Cross Lutheran Church                                            1995

Series 4: Awards

Box Folder Content

7 - 3rd Grade Class of Ivy Leaf School                                                                                1997

7 - Ivy Leaf School, Class of 2005

Series 5: Citations and Awards

Box Folder Content

8           - Morgan State University Foundation, Inc., 1986

8 - Morgan State University Alumni Association, 1987

8 - Morgan State University, 1991

8 - Ivy Leaf School Parent Association, 1992

8 - Ivy Leaf Middle School Faculty and Staff, 1999

8 - Citation, City of Philadelphia, 2001

8 - Citation, Senate of Pennsylvania

Series 6: School History, Photo Albums

Box Folder Content

9 75 History of the School

9 76 History (Article Columns)

9 77 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Wallace Wade (Grade 3)

9 78 Photos: School History

9 79 School History: 1983

9 80 School History: 1965-1966

9 - Ivy Leaf School Farewell Photo 1965-2008

Series 7: Video Cassettes

Box Folder Content

10 - Black History Program, 31st January 1992

10 - Middle School Rites of Passage Ceremony, 3rd June 1994

10 - 30th Anniversary Program, 1995

10 - Music and Dance Performance, 18th May 1986

10 - Christmas Concert Center of the Park, 12th December 1996

10 - Ivy Leaf Open House, 2nd February 2000

Series 7: Video Cassettes

Box Folder Content

10 - Mrs. Green’s Retirement Luncheon, 1999

Series 8: Miscellaneous

Box Folder Content

11 - One Ivy Leaf Seal

11 - One Liller B. Green Retirement note pad

11 - One disc holder

Series 8: Miscellaneous

Box Folder Content

11 - One Ivy Leaf School note pad

11 - One Ivy Leaf School Clock, 1965-2008

11 - Two Ivy Leaf School bags

11 - Two Ivy Leaf School green thermos

11 - One Ivy Leaf School white water Bottle

11 - Four sheets of official school stationery

11 - Two Student Planner books

11 - Two cheerleader Pom-Poms

12 - Three Ivy Leaf T-Shirts (one green, two white)

12 - One Ivy Leaf Sweat-Shirt

12 - One Ivy Leaf Blazer

13 - One Ivy Leaf Sweater

13 - One Ivy Leaf Jacket

13 - One Ivy Leaf Fleece Jacket

Series 9: Dolls

Box Folder Content

14/15    - Two Dolls – African American, 19th Century clothing (one 28 inches and one 23 inches)