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GHS, located in Germantown, was a part of the School District of Philadelphia. The school was built in 1914 which made it one of the oldest in the country. Its students were mostly African-American, despite the previous German population of the region. Students came from the Logan, Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, and Nicetown-Tioga sections of the city.
The team name was the Bears.
Feeder middle schools into Germantown included Roosevelt Middle School. K-8 feeder schools into Germantown included Charles W. Henry School, Henry H. Houston School, John S. Jenks School, and Anna L. Lingelbach School.