Case 34: Philadelphia Fire Dept.
Part B:  Detailed Discrimination Data

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Class Rank Data for Classes 172 thru 178 (1997 thru Dec. 2003)
Updated Dec. 25, 2003

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          This page shows the detailed hiring data for all of the past 7 classes (172 through 178) covering 1997 thru Dec. 2003. 

          The problem with racial quotas is that sooner or later the numbers show how incredibly unfair and discriminatory they are.  Out of a total of 437 new hires since 1997, 43.2% (189) have been racial minorities.

Minority Hires Median = 248:  The median class rank for all minority hires during this period was 248.  That means that 50% of hired minorities had a class rank above 248 and 50% had a class rank below 248.  The lowest ranking minority hire was ranked 1,161.

White Hires Median = 119.2:  The median class rank for all non-minority hires during this period was 119.2.  That means that 50% had a class rank above 119.2 and 50% had a class rank below 119.2.  The lowest ranking white hire was ranked 303.

All hires 1997 - 2003 by rank and race
Median rank of hired minorities: 248
Median rank hired non-minorities:  119.2

          This clearly illustrates that over the past seven years Philadelphia has consistently had to reach into the lowest class ranks to meet its racial quota.

The Individual Classes

          Below is an analysis of each of the past seven Philadelphia firefighter recruit classes (1997 thru Dec. 2003).  The hiring data is broken down by class rank and by race for each of the seven classes.

         After repeatedly revising their entrance exam to make it easier to pass, and after years of aggressive minority recruitment efforts, the Philadelphia Fire Department must still reach way down into the lower scoring recruits in order to find enough minorities to meet its racial quota.


Class 172
70 total hires

Recruit class 172 had 70 total hires. Most of the 37 minority hires in this class had a class rank between 44 and 503.  Almost all of the white hires had a higher class rank. 

Most of the 33 white hires in this class had a class rank between #1 and #42. 

          Whites with a class rank below #58 were not hired, but 29 (out of 37) minorities with class ranks below #58 were hired!


Class 173
41 total hires

Recruit class 173 had 41 total hires. Most of the 26 minority hires in this class had a class rank between #94 and #781.  Almost all of the white hires had a higher class rank.

Most of the 15 white hires in this class had a class rank between #23.5 and #90. 

          Whites with a class rank below #127 were not hired, but 23 minorities with class ranks below #127 were hired!


Class 174
46 total hires

Recruit class 174 had 46 total hires. Most of the 17 minority hires from this class had a class rank between #232.5 and #1,161.  Almost all of the white hires had a higher class rank.

Most of the 29 white hires from this class had a class rank between #14.5 and #183.  Whites with a class rank below #204 were NOT hired at all, but 16 minorities with class ranks below #204 WERE hired!  In fact, the lowest ranking minority hired from this class had a class rank of 1,161.


Class 175
41 total hires

Recruit class 175 had 41 total hires. Most of the 14 minority hires in this class had a class rank between #33 and #108.  Almost all of the white hires had a higher class rank.

Most of the 27 white hires in this class had a class rank between #4 and #32. 

          Whites with a class rank below #42 were not hired, but 11 minorities with class ranks at or below #42 were hired!  In fact, the lowest ranking minority hired from this class had a class rank of #108.


Class 176
73 total hires

Recruit class 176 had 73 total hires. Most of the 19 minority hires in this class had a class rank between #144 and #318.  All but one of the white hires had a higher class rank.

Most of the 54 white hires in this class had a class rank between #3 and #110.  (1 minority was in this range.)

          Whites with a class rank below #187 were not hired, but 8 minorities below #187 were hired.  The lowest ranking minority hired had a class rank of #318.


Class 177
86 total hires

Recruit class 177 had 73 total hires. 29 of the 32 minority hires in this class had a class rank between #236 and #561.  All of the white hires had a higher class rank.

All of the 54 white hires in this class had a class rank between #64 and #233.

          No whites with a class rank below #233 were hired, but 29 minorities with a class rank below #233 were hired.  The lowest ranking minority hired from this class had a class rank of #561.


Class 178
80 total hires

Recruit class 178 had 80 total hires. 43 of the 44 minority hires in this class had a class rank between #327 and #935.  All of the white hires had a higher class rank.

All of the 36 white hires in this class had a class rank between #140 and #303.

          No whites with a class rank below #303 were hired, but 43 minorities with a class rank below #303 were hired.  The lowest ranking minority hired from this class had a class rank of #935.


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