Phenomenal News at GWHS – 2023-2024!

GWHS is a high school renowned for its exceptionally talented, motivated, and enthusiastic student body. Students at GWHS actively engage in a diverse array of competitions ranging from chess tournaments, science fairs, and wrestling matches to artistic endeavors such as art exhibitions and mural arts. Their participation is marked by a spirit of excellence and a drive to excel in every endeavor they undertake. These students consistently demonstrate their passion, dedication, and proficiency across multiple disciplines, contributing to the vibrant and dynamic culture of GWHS.

Stock Market Game Award Winners

May 16, 2024

GW students were celebrated at Cabrini College for their performance in The Stock Market Game!

GW students, Tristan Alicea-Harris, and Mark Mullen, were first and second place in the state and in the region for the year-long competition and Maksim Elyushev, and Genelteo Prifti won first and third place for the spring competition!

Please join me in congratulating our students and teachers/coaches, Mr. Benzio and Mr. Green! See pic attached of the awards….


Philly Service Award

May 3, 2024

George Washington High School has achieved a remarkable accomplishment by securing 3rd place in the Philly Service Awards, This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students .  Also , our very own senior president  Kadiatu Barrie took home the Drexel University Impact Award !!!!!

Our project with the Ukrainian Refugee  Center demonstrated their passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others . Thank you to Assistant Principal Pitsakis for supporting this project with our Young Ambassadors , Chef Beck and his senior class for cooking and preparing all the food , a big thanks to the staff who helped vote and continued to be major support to our students !!!!! If you see them give them a big congratulations!

Thank you to each and every member of the George Washington High School community for your contributions to this achievement, from the bottom of my heart. Let’s continue to strive for greatness!

Previous Phenomenal News

Esports Lab

April 2024

Generation Esports gifted us our own Esports Lab. We are the first High School in the city of Philadelphia to have one! We are excited to see all of the wonderful things that our athletes will gain from this resource.

Chess Nationals

April 9, 2024

Over the weekend, the GWHS Chess team went to Baltimore to participate in the 2024 High School National Chess Championship.  Our guys did a phenomenal job, bringing home the 3rd place trophy in the U1200 division.

Sameer Mohammad put on an excellent performance, winning 6 games and drawing 1, coming home with an undefeated record at nationals as well as the third place medal in the nation for U1200.  Abduvoxid Marajabov and Ahmad Noori also did exceptionally well, going 6-1, and 5-2, respectively.  Abduvoxid left with the 7th place medal, and Ahmad finished in the top 50 in a field of more than 400 competitors.

Honorable mentions go to Zaire Frisby, Jason Lu, Giorgi Chubinidze, Anthony Chen, and Alston Yan.  These young men represented George Washington High School Impeccably, and they put forth a tremendous effort in this challenging tournament.

Delaware Valley Science Fair

April 6, 2024

Each year, 1000 students in grades 6th through 12th from Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware participate. Three of our students, Aissata Balde, Shahzoda Jalolidinova and Madiha Khan participated in the DVSF.
Aissata Balde in particular had an honorable mention award for physics.

Congratulations to Aissata Balde and her mentors Dr. Abraham and Mr. McGinnis for the Honorable Mention in Physics at Delaware Valley Science Fair:)We are proud of your accomplishment!!

Talent Show

March 15, 2024

From the captivating performances to the seamless organization, it was evident that our community came together in celebration of creativity and artistry.

To all the performers who showcased their talents with passion and flair: Your hard work and commitment to your craft were truly inspiring, and you brought joy to all who were fortunate enough to witness your performances.

Our students were surrounded by love and support and even our guest Bishop Luke extended his gratitude for singing with our students from our refugee center.

As we reflect on the success of the talent show, let us carry forward the spirit of creativity, collaboration, and community that made it all possible. Together, we have demonstrated the power of coming together to celebrate talent and support one another.

The following students will be moved to the community school talent show for the city. If you see them congratulate them. Thank you again!

  1. Malachi Lowe
  2. SACO
  3. Randy Mitchell

Carver Science Fair

March 16, 2024

At the Carver Science Fair Competition, our students participated in three categories – Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry. In each category, there are only 3 awards, and our students secured second-place awards in Physics and Biochemistry, third place in Chemistry, and Honorable Mention in Chemistry.

Physics: Aissata Balde – Second Place

Biochemistry: Shahzoda Jalolidinova – Second Place

Chemistry: Madiha Khan – Second Place

Chemistry: Alondra L Andino – Honorable Mention

Young Ambassadors and Community School Student Committee

March 1, 2024

Our group of 8 Young Ambassadors and community school student committee completed a second day of service at the UK refugee Community Center meeting with the Bishop; bringing him to happy tears.

The culinary arts students and Chef Beck worked on an Eastern European Dish that the families were able to enjoy and eat with some of our students. They of course served yummy desserts as well providing over 20 families with dinner.

The students helped pick out educational materials including puzzles, flash cards, books and more to delivery over 20 filled book bags to the center. They were able to sit with the families and read, sing, and enjoy each other’s cultures. The Bishop was overjoyed with the amounts of donations and engagement with the families.

The students are doing an amazing job closing the gaps in our community and coming together to serve all. (Many are applying to the Drexel University Impact Award.)

Philadelphia Public League Bocce Ball Tournament

March 1, 2024

GW’s Unified Bocce (Blue Team) won the gold medal and the Philadelphia Public League Bocce Title. They will compete on Wednesday at Glen Mills for  the chance to compete in the PA State games in Hershey.  Our other team (Gold) took 8th place. We are extremely proud of both teams!

GWHS reigns DECA Competition at Hershey, PA!


Our GW DECA students absolutely dominated in Hershey, PA this year. Besides being one of five schools in PA to win LEGENDARY status, 43 of our 48 participants won awards! People there were actually saying “GW is back!” Please congratulate our DECA students and CTE staff on a very successful year. On to California!

City League All-Star Game

21st February, 2024

Congrats to Qadir Carr and Terrell Farris on their City League All-Star Game Selections!

Social Justice students at Leadership Conference.

Yesterday, on February 15, 2024, a few members of the Social Justice Club attended a Leadership Conference hosted by University of Pennsylvania for students all over the tri-state area. Juelz Palmero, Mohinur Rashidova, and/or Diyora Rakhidova, received leadership certificate from UPenn for their dedicated and consistent work in making GW a better place.

The event had guest speakers from all over the country and 6 different workshops for the students to attend. The outcome goal for the day was for the students to determine a major problem or roadblock in our school and come up with a reasonable, possible, student accessible solution that they will put into action. Our kids decided to focus on creating a way for students to find their place at GW. They recognized that, while so many of our students have found their team, squad, club, organization, or mentor here at GW, so many others have slipped through the cracks- something bound to happen at a school this large. The students are going to present their proposal to administration some time next week, and are VERY excited to share it with the school community once it gets approved.

Wrestling Update From Coach Horsey!

February 14, 2024

Currently, GWHS:

  • has a dual team record of 15-6
  • finished the regular season with a record of 7-0
  • finished 4th within our District
  • finished 2nd in our public league
  • finished third  at the Bruce and Martha Johnson Duals at EEACC
  • finished First at the Haverford Buckley Duals


Mukhmmad Nassriddjeav 152
Placed First at PA National Guard Invitational at EEACC
Placed Third at the Ralph Wetzel Tournament
Placed First at the Philadelphia Public League Tournament
Has a current record of 35-1

Alisajjod Kahramonov 127
Placed First at the National GUard Invitational at EEACC
Placed 2nd at the Public LEague Tournament
Has a record of 25-2

Amir IIlhomov 145
Placed 3rd at the Public league Tournament

Nazim Ibragimov 189
Placed second at the National Guard Invitational at EEACC
Placed second at the Public league Tournament

Daniel Shulgin 172
Placed 3rd at the Public League Tournament

Michael Willor 215
Placed 3rd at the National Guard Invitational at EEACC

Islombek Fazliddinov 107
Placed Second at the Public League Tournament

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition – Feb. 2024

GWHS Students Excel at Chess!

On 27th & 28th January, 2024, the GWHS chess team participated in the “Checkmate Violence” tournament at St. Joseph’s University. Our guys performed incredibly well. Washington walked away with the first place trophy for our division along with several individual awards. Zaire Frisby and Giorgi Chubinidze placed 3rd and 2nd place, respectively, in the puzzles contest. Anthony Chen placed first in his division, Ahmad Noori placed third in his division, and Abduvoxid Marajabov won his division with a flawless 7-0 performance.

Mr. Hopgood is very proud of his chess team!

chess - Justin Hopgood

Art Work at GWHS 2023-2024

Chef Richard Blais's Message to GWHS students

GWHS Collaborates With 92.5 XTU to Make Music Video

Congratulations to our CTE Department and students for making the NOCTI 90-90 Club for two years in a row!

We had 100% NOCTI participation across all departments last year with 100% of our culinary students passing the NOCTI, and 94% of our Sales & Marketing students pass the NOCTI!

Our very own George Washington cheerleading team went to NCA Nationals in Dallas, TX and is now nationally ranked as a TOP TEN Program in their division!