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...

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