125 Celebration
125 Year Campus Celebration

The Glen Mills Schools is celebrating 125 years at its Delaware County location.

Founded in 1826 as the Philadelphia House of Refuge, the Glen Mills Schools (GMS) continues its long tradition of nurturing the academic and emotional growth of youth whose potential might otherwise be lost – to themselves and to our society.

What sets Glen Mills apart is our unique approach to rehabilitation. The school looks to the future by developing character, competencies and confidence, rather than punishing for past mistakes. The Glen Mills difference is evident even in the language we use: these are students, not inmates, and they attend a school, not a placement facility.

Join us in celebrating 125 years at our Glen Mills campus, and 188 years of transforming youth into positive and contributing members of society.    

Watch Glen Mills staff members Jeff Hill and Ken Banks on NBC 10 discussing this week's campus celebration!

You're Invited!

Join us for Homecoming festivities marking the 125th campus anniversary on Friday, September 19. Come out and support the Bulls as they battle against H.D. Woodson in a football matchup, and enjoy a fireworks display afterwards!


1826 – Philadelphia House of Refuge founded

1828 – Philadelphia House of Refuge accepts its first youth

1889 – Cornerstone laid at Glen Mills

1892 – Philadelphia House of Refuge moves to Glen Mills

1895 – Trade School started

1981 – First Glen Mills student attends college

1983 – Glen Mills joins the PIAA - Delaware Valley League for athletics

1989 – Centennial Celebration

2014 – 125 Year Campus Celebration