Abbott Elementary’s Namesake Receives Honor from Alma Mater, Overbrook High School


Joyce Abbott is the namesake of "Abbott Elementary."
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Over its three-season run on ABC, “Abbott Elementary” has been one of the most popular sitcoms on the network, writes Stephen Williams for The Philadelphia Tribune.

The show is named after Joyce Abbott, a recently-retired former longtime Philadelphia school teacher.

Last week, she was honored in a multitude of ways at Overbrook High School, the school she graduated from.

City Councilmember Curtis Jones announced that 5900 block of Overbrook will now be known as Joyce Abbott Way.

As a fellow Overbrook High alum, Jones is quite outspoken about the good things that have come out of that school. 

His praise for Abbott is sustantial.

“There are tens of thousands of young people who have come through these doors because of your work, your input as a teacher and now your influence on a TV series … You are an inspiration to them,” Jones said. 

Abbott is a West Philadelphia native who worked in the Army as a staff sergeant before turning to teaching.

“When I started my teaching career it really meant a whole lot to me,” she said.

It also meant a lot for her to help her community and make a difference, and this honor adds credence to that.

Learn more about Joyce Abbott has strived to make her community better, in the Philadelphia Tribune.


Joyce Abbott, the Philadelphia teacher and namesake of ABC series “Abbott Elementary,” was honored by her alma mater.

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