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The Owls Have It: Temple Buys William Penn High School

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Hot on the heels of the announcement that City Council agreed to borrow $30 million to help out the School District of Philadelphia (AM Linkage, people), the School Reform Commission has agreed to sell the hulking William Penn High School on North Broad Street to Temple University for $15 million, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Imagine that, it's the actual asking price. William Penn High School might sound familiar, we brought you the live blog (Live from 215) of its winding and impressive open house, pictures of that tour are after the jump. Temple has long been rumored to covet the property, which encompasses nearly an entire city block from Girard Avenue to Master Street. Given the proximity to the university — two blocks from Temple's new highrise Morgan Hall — it's no wonder they sent multiple officials to the open house for a look-see. Temple's plan is to demolish the buildings in the back portion of the lot and build athletic facilities. The main school building will remain operational as an education facility and community job training center run by the Laborers' District Council Education and Training/Apprenticeship Fund. · Live from 215: Poplar's William Penn High School Open House [Curbed Philly]
· SRC sells William Penn High to Temple [The Inquirer]
· University looks to buy local school [The Temple News]

Temple University

1801 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 215 204 7000