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NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY
C.C.A Baldi Middle School is located in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia. In the early history of Philadelphia, Bustleton was a rich farming area. Urban legend states that the early neighborhood centered on the Busselton Tavern, a local bar established before the American Revolution. Pennypack Park is part of the Fairmount Park system and was the site of much industry including mills. The area was a trading center and had hotels drawing farmers bringing goods for sale.

In the present day, Bustleton is largely a residential community with major commercial areas on Roosevelt Boulevard, Bustleton Avenue, Grant Avenue, and Red Lion Road. U.S. Census Bureau data show that the community is home to a racially and ethnically diverse population with many immigrant groups represented, including Russia, Ukraine, and other former Soviet Republics.

One of the early schools went by the name, Bustleton Academy, also known as The Academy at Bustelton. Today, Bustleton contains several Philadelphia public schools including Joseph J. Greenberg, Fox Chase, Loesche, Comly, and Anne Frank Elementary Schools, C.C.A. Baldi Middle School, and George Washington High School.

HUB SCHOOL HISTORY
The C.C.A. Baldi Middle School opened in September 1974 and was officially dedicated on March 31, 1976, the Bicentennial Year.  The school is named after Charles Carmine Antonio Baldi, an Italian immigrant who settled in Philadelphia.

Originally built twenty-nine years ago to house four small "school-within-a-school" communities, Baldi is now home to a new generation of students clustered into three small learning communities, each having the services of a mathematics and literacy teacher leader, staff, and an action plan for success.

WHO WAS C.C.A. BALDI?
Charles Carmine Antonio Baldi was born in Castlenoovo, Cilento, Italy in 1862. He immigrated to Philadelphia at age 14. He organized a bank, operated a funeral home, owned a daily Italian language newspaper, and founded a coal yard and a real estate and insurance business.

He said on his appointment to the Philadelphia Board of Education in 1924, "Since coming to this country, I have had two hobbies: Education and Americanization. I have always been eager to imbue these subjects in the minds of foreign-born. Both can be obtained from American institutions and thorough study of the Constitution." He was the first Italian named to the School Board and served on that board until his death in 1930.

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  • Eugene McLaughlin, Principal
  • Crystal Gary-Nelson, Vice Principal
  • Renee Flehinger, Vice Principal
  • Maureen Brady, Music Teacher (itinerant)
  • Joyce Haraway, Music Teacher (itinerant)
  • Marjorie Keefe, Music Teacher (itinerant)
  • Debbie Swiren, Music Teacher (itinerant)
  • Darren Lynch, Music Teacher (itinerant)
  • Bill Mathes, Visual Art Teacher
  • Stuart Friedberg, Visual Art Teacher

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Baldi Jazz Band Plays at the Barnes

Baldi Middle School's jazz band was invited by ArtsRising to play at the opening ceremony for the new Crossing Boundaries Program at the Barnes Foundation. Read More.