PSD Germantown Campus

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Alumni Association

PSDAA Announcements

Reminder to PSDAA New Officers

January 3, 2021 to February 21, 2021:  Anyone who is interested in becoming one of the PSDAA officers must notify Joe McGinnis.  You must be a current member of the Alumni Association (one year) to be a candidate and be able to vote.  Open positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five (5) Board members.  The total of PSDAA officers will be 9.

March 7, 2021 to April 25, 2021:  You will receive a ballot of candidates by e-mail or mail.  Also, we plan to post the ballot information on PSDAA’s website.  After receiving the ballot, you can vote for the officers before Sunday, April 25, 2021 to be counted.  Ballots must be postmarked by April 25th.

Saturday, May 22, 2021:  The election results will be announced virtually via Zoom during the Alumni Day General Meeting on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

If you need more information, please feel free to contact Joe McGinnis, Chair, at or VP # 484-302-4057 (if no answer, please leave sign mail and he will respond as soon as he can).

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Alumni History

In 1913 Mrs. C. C. Brinton, a member of the Ladies’ Committee of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb (PID&D), first suggested the formation of the Alumni Association. The next year, on June 19, 1914 Mr. William L. Davis and a group of alumni met in the Marble Hall of Wissinoming Hall and organized the Alumni Association.

First Reunion Alumni Association

During its first year, 1914-15, was confined to lots of preparatory and organizational work. Then on September 4-6, 1915 the Alumni of P.I.D.&D had their 1st reunion. Over 350 people attended. Mr. William L. Davis was the first President. Events of our first reunion included a business meeting, then a game of baseball between married men and single men, a reception and dance, an undenominational service, and a series of sport events.

The Alumni Association continued to hold reunions and also to aid the school for the next 20 years, but then it slowly went out of existence.
After the World War II a group of alumni decided to meet at the Horn and Hardart Restaurant located at Broad and Erie to discuss the possibility of reviving the Alumni Association. A meeting to discuss this further was held at Gilpin Hall on March 17, 1946 with many people attending. It was decided to hold an Alumni Day on May 4th on the grounds of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. An afternoon program of campus activities and a dance in the evening were enjoyed by all.
The Alumni Association continued for another 20 years or so, but it was not until early in the 1970’s when the alumni became so deeply involved with the school. The school’s 150th anniversary and the controversial total communication program (initiated in 1971) were the main factors in bringing the alumni much closer to their beloved school than ever before.

NOTE: The history of PSD Alumni Association is divided into four parts. Each part will be shown quarterly; the second part will be posted sometime next June. Info researched, data compiled, and highlights written by Dr. Jay Basch, Liasion Officer, P.S.D. Heritage Center

ALL Registration Money has been RETURNED – PSD2020 Alumni Reunion Weekend – June 24 – 28, 2020.

Here’s the link for the refund video:
FB – PSD 2020 Alumni Reunion and
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Questions about registration, please email 

Please be patient and stay in touch!

Jenny, Marsha and Sara