NSPDK History


The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. emerged from a dream of Gladys Merritt Ross, a neophyte teacher from Jersey City, New Jersey, to establish a sorority to promote sisterhood among teachers and to uphold the highest ideas of the teaching profession.

 In March of 1923, Miss Ross invited several of her intimate friends to her home to share her dream and to explore its ramifications. They embraced the idea, organized, and the sorority was officially incorporated on May 23, 1923.

The founders were: Gladys Merritt Ross, Julia Asbury Barnes, Ella Wells Bulter, Margueritte Gross, Florence Steele Hunt, Edna McConell, Gladys Cannon Nunnery, and Mildred M. Williams. They all lived to become prominent educators who left distinguished contributions to the teaching profession and to humanity.