By TurtleHare on September 07, 2012
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Emmy award-winning screenwriter Darlene Craviottospearhead No Girls Allowed, a film documenting the women, then teenage girls, who demanded entry to Philadelphia's oldest and most academically elite public high school. After 139 years of existence as an single-sexed public high school, Central's all-male policy was challenged by Susan Vorchheimer, who wished to be admitted. On August 7, 1975, U.S. District Court Judge Clarence C. Newcomer ruled that Central must admit academically qualified girls starting in the fall term of 1975. The decision was appealed, and the Third Circuit Court ruled that Central had the right to retain its present status. The case eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court which, on April 19, 1977, upheld the Third Circuit Court's verdict by a 4 to 4 vote with one abstention.In August 1983, Judge William M. Marutani of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, ruled that the single-sex admission policy was unconstitutional. The Board of Education voted not to appeal the legal decision, thereby admitting girls to Central High School. In September 1983, the first six girls, all seniors, were admitted.
The ACLU's report on "Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes" Campaign: http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/doe_ocr_report2_0.pdf
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