GAMP was founded in 1974, by former administrator and teacher Dr. Jack Carr. From 1974 to 1976, the Girard Academic Music Program occupied the Trinity Church Parish House. GAMP moved to The Armory, which is owned by St. Rita’s church and located at Broad and Wharton Street in South Philadelphia, from 1976 to 1979. Since 1979, GAMP has used the Edgar Allen Poe School building, which is celebrating its 100th year anniversary, located at 22nd and Ritner street. In 2009, a state of the art theater, gymnasium, and cafeteria were added to the Edgar Allen Poe.