William Penn High School was a public high school serving grades 9-12, located at 1333 N Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was located at a convenient location near Broad and Girard Ave that had local eateries, three major fast food chains, a gas station, a CVS Pharmacy, public transportation to the Girard subway station and two major bus routes. This school sat on a beautiful campus that held five buildings that were all connected by bridges. There were so many students in the school before its rapid decline in enrollment, that street lines were put on the floor of major hallways to control student traffic. One building was divided in half and provided two full sized lunchrooms on the second floor. On the first floor of this building was a childcare facility for students that were parents. On the top floor was a greenhouse. Penn had five programs called SLCs (Small Learning Communities). Communications, Masterminds, Arts, Business and Health. Each SLC focused on specific educational requirements. Communications held classes for web design, desktop publishing, photography, television editing, television broadcasting, computer science, newspaper editing, CISCO classes, etc. Penn had a professional television studio and editing software, along with top notch computer labs and a dark room for photography Art SLC had 2 huge two story art rooms with kilns to harden certain art projects. A professional dance studio with a certified teacher that taught various dance art. There was a music room with every musical instrument possible and had certified instructors to teach and lead bands. Health SLC had various health courses and had special biology, and chemistry classes. Business SLC had top notch business courses and typing classes. Masterminds was once an SLC for students that wanted to go into a career in Law and African American studies. In 2001, it was changed into an SLC to get 9th graders ready for high school life. Penn housed an Olympic sized swimming pool that only went from three to four feet to teach students to swim. There was also a diving pool with a depth of twelve feet for students that were comfortable with swimming. There was a three story rock wall in the gym where basketball games were held. A ping pong and tennis room and state of the art gym equipment was available to the students.There were so many students at one time, the auditorium had to be used one grade or one SLC at a time according to the material being addressed. On the right of the auditorium were separate banquet rooms for award ceremonies and festivals for the students. This school also had a section specifically for special needs students and they were kept in a safe but open environment for them to learn and grow without being forced to mingle with the other students. A list of every class that was given to students at its peak in 2004 will be available shortly, including the distinguished classes such as elementary functions. The class of 2004 was the most recent biggest graduating class. Faculty and students were able to park their cars in the garage located under the school for safe off street parking. The schools color was black, white and silver with the lion as a mascot. In the fall of 2000, uniforms were implemented in this school for the first time. Students had to wear black slacks with a white or gray polo shirt and black shoes.