Principal’s Message


Welcome to the Philadelphia High School for Girls, a legacy school, spanning over 170 years. I am humbled to lead the only public all-female institution in the city. PHSG unique programming is designed to give diverse young ladies the personal acumen and academic mastery to develop into the true Renaissance Women of tomorrow. Our mission is to graduate students who will treat others compassionately and lead lives of personal integrity at the university level, preparing them to be future leaders.

Our girls come to us demonstrating the spark of the Intangible Spirit which evolves as they experience not only our rich and rigorous academics, but also leadership and service opportunities. Our motto, “Vincit qui se vincit” (she conquers who conquers herself) is the ultimate embodiment of the Intangible Spirit of our graduates. We are lucky to have a wonderfully involved Alumnae Association that provides a variety of supports to their “sisters” while helping us maintain the traditions that are the foundation of our educational institution. Our Girls’ High family is rounded out by a dedicated staff, a hands-on Parent-Teacher-Daughter Association and a variety of community partners who are all invested in our young women.

We invite you to become part of “Our Women. Our Stories. Our Legacy.”

Lisa M. Mesi