School bells rang for the commencement of the 2018-2019 school year last week, just days before Labor Day. While many students hoped for one more summer day albeit in the sweltering heat, this year, for the first time in the school’s history, students and teachers returned (or were welcomed) to classrooms that are air conditioned. 75 window unit air conditioners  – a generous donation from the 228th Class – were installed over the summer by the Philadelphia School District employees.

CHS students in newly air-conditioned room
CHS Students in classroom enjoying the new window air-condition unit.

Steve Kaplan (228) writes, “Above all else Central is about achieving academic excellence and the opportunities that come to students who do. Project Cool Breeze is a simple, but sober acceptance of the fact that it’s challenging enough to attain academic excellence – for both students and teachers – without having to endure 90 degree classrooms. By helping to create a more fertile learning environment, the 228 is helping to support Central’s primary mission. We invite other classes to join us in supporting Central. There is only ONE CENTRAL!”

It’s your presence and dedication to the Associated Alumni of Central High School (AACHS) that sets Central apart from other schools in the city.

Think back to your first day at Central and the impact of your experience. What can YOU do now to make an impact on the lives of the students who are walking through those front doors today? A gift to Central’s Capital Campaign is the perfect way to make that impact right now.

Please consider making your tax-deductible gift today! For more information on how you can help lead the way please contact Director of Development, Lynn Norton Robins, at

Lynn Norton Robins
Director of Development, AACHS