When the future King Edward VII visited Girard College in 1860, the boarding school for underprivileged students served about 860 white boys in a bucolic setting on the edge of bustling Philadelphia, the Associated Press reports. That is not the institution that the British monarch’s great-great-grandson will see on Thursday. Now educating a much smaller and racially diverse student population of boys and girls, Girard is a cloistered slice of serenity amid a gritty neighborhood in the heart of the city. Yet it remains dedicated to its mission of educating low-income students even as the school itself struggles financially. It’s also facing a change in leadership as its dynamic young president, Autumn Adkins Graves, steps down at the end of June. But first, Graves will welcome Prince Edward, who will plant a tree to honor the Diamond Jubilee of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, now in her 60th year on the throne. Edward’s great-great-grandfather planted two trees at the school 152 years ago…

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