Tony Danza Returns to Philadelphia For Annual School Fundraiser

Mike DeNardo
April 22, 2018 - 3:30 am
Tony Danza

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Northeast High School is going Hollywood again, as its most famous ex-teacher returns for what has become an annual fundraiser.  

Thursday marks the seventh time that actor Tony Danza will host a students-versus-teachers talent show at Northeast High. Danza, now 67, taught at the school in 2009 for his A&E reality show, and he says it taught him about the emotional grind that teachers go through.  

Each year since, he's come back because he says he owes the school a debt of gratitude.

"As I get older, I just feel like more and more that I have this responsibility, almost, to give back," he said. "I'm just trying to put a bunch of things together, support the school, raise the money for after-school programs, show the kids that this thing that we call education, that we all keep telling them is so important, is really important."

Danza says public education is underfunded, and he knows Philadelphia schools are about to be run by a local school board.
    
"I am aware of the changes that are afoot," he said. "But we're so far behind in this quest that I think it's up to all of us to chip in a little bit."
      
Thursday night's show is expected to raise about $20,000.   

Tickets are $10 at the door.