NOS. 2934 AND 3112 PHILADELPHIA 1983, Appeal from the Order in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Civil No. 5822 August Term, 1982
Hyman Lovitz, Philadelphia, for appellants.
Arthur H. Bryant, Philadelphia, for Newberg, et al., appellees.
Andrew M. Rosen, Philadelphia, for Board of Public Ed., et al., appellees.
Spaeth, President Judge, and Brosky and Cirillo, JJ.
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This case is before us on two appeals, which have been consolidated. The first of the appeals will be quashed. On the second appeal, we affirm.
The action is a class action seeking the admission of females to Central High School.*fn1 The named Plaintiffs are three female students whose applications for admission to Central were denied only because they were female. The defendants are the Board of Public Education, the School District of Philadelphia, the Superintendent of Schools, and the Associate Superintendent for Field Operations. After a hearing on the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, the trial court issued a decree nisi, with proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, holding that the gender-based exclusion of the plaintiffs from Central violated the plaintiffs' rights under the Equal Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, Pa. Const., Art. I § 28,
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and the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. On September 28, 1983, the court dismissed most of the defendants' exceptions to the decree nisi and issued amended findings of fact with a final decree permanently enjoining the defendants from refusing to admit female students to Central. When the defendants chose not to appeal, appellants, who are several students and graduates of Central and Philadelphia High School for Girls, on October 21, 1983, filed Appeal Number 2934 Philadelphia District challenging the final decree. On October 24, 1983, appellants filed a petition for leave to intervene in the action. After a hearing, the trial court by order dated October 26, 1983, denied the petition; and on November 17, 1983, appellants filed Appeal Number 3112 Philadelphia District challenging that order.
Appellants make several arguments, which may be generally summarized as urging that they were denied due process; that the issues in this case had already been decided against the class in Vorchheimer v. School District of Philadelphia, 400 F.Supp. 326 (E.D.Pa. 1975), rev'd 532 F.2d 880 (3d Cir.1976), aff'd by an equally divided court, 430 U.S. 703, 97 S.Ct. 1671, 51 L.Ed.2d 750 (1977), and therefore the decision in this case is controlled by principles of res judicata and collateral estoppel; and that in any event, the Philadelphia High School for Girls is equal to Central, and the maintenance of two equal, single-gender public schools is substantially related to a legitimate government purpose. However, we may not consider these arguments.
"Except where the right of appeal is enlarged by statute, any party who is aggrieved by an appealable order . . . may appeal therefrom." Pa.R.A.P. 501 (emphasis added). Accordingly, an appeal by one who was not a party to a proceeding in the trial court must be quashed. Mechanics National Bank v. Buchman, 253 Pa. 245, 97 A. 1056 (1916); In re Devereux's Estate, 353 Pa. 560, 46 A.2d 168 (1946) (no standing to appeal because appellant never properly ...