I have lived in Upper Darby for most of my life, except for a few years away in college and the first 5 years or so after getting married. U. D. has changed a lot. But, it’s actually very much the same. At one time Upper Darby was probably 25% Greek immigrants and Greek-Americans (not a real statistic, but that’s what it felt like). Ask any non-Greek who graduated from Upper Darby High School in the 70’s-80’s and they can recite a lexicon of Greek words including of course the “bad“ ones. In this town partially made up of a grid of row homes dotted with playgrounds, great memories and lasting friendships were created. While many have migrated west to Broomall and even a little further, there are those who remain. We Greeks generally don’t stray very far. But, the U.D. demographic has changed… and I’m not just talking about the influx from West Philadelphia.
The immigrants in U.D. now represent some 25 countries with 62 different languages spoken! 62… in one district! There are over 4,000 students at the high school alone. It’s literally like the League of Nations! It is a far cry from the days when Greek was the only foreign language spoken. But in many ways, it is the same.Continue Reading