Atholton High School

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Atholton High School
Atholton High School (Maryland).jpg
Address
6520 Freetown Road
Columbia, Maryland 21044
USA
Information
Type Public Secondary
Established 1966[1]
School district Howard County Public Schools
Principal JoAnn Hutchens
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,479 (2017)[2]
Color(s)

Green      and White     

used but unofficial: Black     
Mascot Raider
Newspaper The Raider Review
Website

Atholton High School is a high school in Columbia, Maryland and is a part of the Howard County public school system. The school hosts an Army JROTC program,[2] the school mascot is the Raider.

History[edit]

Atholton takes its name from a 600-acre (240 ha) land grant named "Athol" granted from King Charles to James MacGill 17 August 1732. He built a nearby manor house named "Athol" built between 1732 and 1740, the name "Athol" was created to honor MacGill's ancestral home in Scotland.[3] In 1845, Nicolas Worthington freed seventeen of his slaves, and gave them 150 acres (61 ha) of the "Athol enlarged" land which was then called "Freetown".[4] The community was briefly a postal town named Atholton, Maryland, the school sites were later considered part of Simpsonville, Maryland, and later Columbia, Maryland.

The Howard County school system was segregated since the building of the Ellicott City Colored School in 1888, the first Atholton school was a one-room colored school house next to Locust Church given by John R. and Susie Clark in 1885. Students transferred to Guilford in 1939. School property was bought for $200 by the Locust Church; in 1941, an additional acre was not accounted for, then sold on a separate bid for $701 to Herbert M Brown.

Harriet Tubman Site[edit]

In 1948, a new 10-room high school called Atholton Colored School was ordered, it was designed by Francis Thuman to be built in Simpsonville with a $280,000 budget.[5] The cornerstone was set on September 25, 1948 by the Colored Masonic Lodge.[6] Clarksville students were used to operate the bulldozers used in grading,[7] at the students request, the school was renamed to the Harriet Tubman High School.[8] In 1954, Segregation was outlawed by the supreme court in Brown v. Board of Education. Howard County eliminated one class of segregated students a year, taking 11 years to implement integrated classes.[9][10] Modern accounts of the development of Columbia note that Rouse Company donanted land for public schools, but prior to the requirement, the company sold unusable land from its 1963 purchases to build Columbia back to the school board, the company sold 10 usable acres (4.0 ha), and 10 unbuildable acres adjoining the school, at market rate, to "meet new state standards".[11] The High School would later be renamed the Harriet Tubman building, to be used by the Board of Education; in 1981 Grassroots Crisis Center operated a homeless shelter from the facility. In 2006, James N. Robey issued $1.6 million in Howard County loans to Grassroots to build an enlarged homeless facility on the Atholton School grounds.[12] Centered around the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the school, The Howard County Center of African American Culture has petitioned to relocate from Oakland Manor to the Harriet Tubman building. The offices used by school system were listed as the top endangered historical site in Howard county by Preservation Howard County in 2015.[13]

Atholton High School[edit]

Atholton High School

In 1966 a new integrated high school was built alongside the old school taking the name Atholton High School, the school has been renovated and expanded several times. In 2012 a $51.3 million project was started to renovate the school again with students in place. The structure will use temporary classrooms in its expansion from 203,074 square ft to 250,000 sf.[14]

Students[edit]

Atholton's student population has been in flux over the past 15 years; in 2017, Atholton is designed for 1,460 students with a current enrollment of 1,479 students.[2] Atholton is currently a 3A school. Proposed redistricting[15] by the Howard County Public School System would move approximately 16 percent of the Howard County student population from their current school. However, there are doubts over whether such plans will take action.[16]

The student population as of 2017 is 0.2% Native American, 21.5% Black or African American, 19.7% Asian, 43.8% White or Caucasian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.9% Hispanic, and 6.9% Two or more races.[2]

Student population[17]
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
1,162 1,241 1,407 1,487 1,120 1,070 1,094 1,113 1,182 1,218 1,154 1,198 1,251 1,365 1,370 1,442 1,474

Athletics[edit]

Atholton has won the following state championships & athletic accomplishments:

  • 2018 - Girls Outdoor Track and Field, State Champions
  • 2017 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Finalist, State Semi-Finalist
  • 2017 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Champions, Undefeated
  • 2017- Girls Basketball, 3A State Finalists
  • 2016 - Girls' Volleyball, 3A State Champions
  • 2016 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Finalist, State Semi-Finalist
  • 2016 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Junior Varsity Champions, Undefeated
  • 2015 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Finalist, State Semi-Finalist
  • 2015 - Ice Hockey, Eastern Conference Junior Varsity Champions, Undefeated
  • 2014 - Golf District 3A Champion
  • 2014 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Champions,[18] State Semi-Finalist
  • 2014 - Ice Hockey, Maryland Student Hockey League State Junior Varsity Finalist - Inaugural Season
  • 2013 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Champions,[18] State Semi-Finalist
  • 2012 - Ice Hockey, Maryland Student Hockey League State 2A Varsity Champions[19]
  • 2012 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference 2A Varsity Champions[20]
  • 2012 - Field Hockey, 3A State Champions
  • 2012 - Girls' Golf County Champions
  • 2011 - Howard County Football Champions
  • 2011 - Boys' Indoor Track
  • 2008 - Boys' Cross Country
  • 2007 - Girls' Basketball[21]
  • 2007 - Tennis Mixed Doubles
  • 2006 - Boys' Indoor Track 3A-2A[22]
  • 2005 - Girls' Track & Field[23]
  • 2004 - Boys' Soccer -[24]
  • 2003 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference 2A Varsity Champions
  • 2002 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference 2A Varsity Champions
  • 2002 - Baseball[25]
  • 2001 - Girls' Track & Field
  • 1998 - Boys' Indoor Track 2A-1A
  • 1997 - Boys' Indoor Track 2A-1A
  • 1997 - Boys' Track & Field[26]
  • 1996 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1995 - Boys' Indoor Track 2A-1A
  • 1995 - Tennis Mixed Doubles[27]
  • 1990 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1989 - Girls' Volleyball[28]
  • 1989 - Boys' Cross Country[29]
  • 1989 - Girls' Cross Country[30]
  • 1988 - Girls' Volleyball
  • 1988 - Girls' Cross Country
  • 1988 - Ice Hockey, Founding Member, Maryland Student Hockey League[31]
  • 1987 - Girls' Cross Country
  • 1967 - Boys' Cross Country

Notable alumni[edit]

Special programs[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Atholton High set to celebrate 50th anniversary". Baltimore Sun. October 15, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d "School profile" (PDF). HCPSS. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Athol" (PDF). Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ Barbara W Feaga. Howard's Roads to the Past. p. 85. 
  5. ^ "Howard County School Board Meeting October 12, 1948" (PDF). Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Howard County Board Meetining September 1948" (PDF). Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "1949 minutes" (PDF). Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "1949 Board Minutes" (PDF). Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Janet P. Kusterer, Victoria Goeller. Remembering Ellicott City: Tales from the Patapsco River Valley. 
  10. ^ "Howard County School Board Apologizes for Earlier Segregation". The Baltimore Sun. 15 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Planning and Operations Report on Howard County". November 1, 2014. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Robey Plans Loan to Help Grassroots Build Facility". The Baltimore Sun. August 23, 2006. 
  13. ^ Amanda Yeager (May 26, 2015). "Former school tops Howard County's endangered sites list". The Baltimore Sun. 
  14. ^ "Oak Contracting Awarded $51.3 million renovation to Atholton High School". Archived from the original on August 11, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ "School Boundaries – HCPSS". www.hcpss.org. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  16. ^ "UPDATE: Revision to Redistricting Plan". The Raider Review. September 18, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  17. ^ Maryland State Department of Education[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ a b Andrew Conrad (February 8, 2014). "Atholton ice hockey comes back to beat Glenelg for Howard Cup". Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  19. ^ Andrew Conrad (February 28, 2012). "Ice hockey: Atholton wins its first Maryland 2A State Championship - The Capitals Cup, 6-2". Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  20. ^ Andrew Conrad (February 18, 2012). "Ice hockey: Atholton wins first county cup; advances to state tournament". Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  21. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  22. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  23. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  24. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  25. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  26. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  27. ^ MPSSAA[permanent dead link]
  28. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  29. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  30. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  31. ^ "Ice hockey: Atholton is one of nine founders of the Maryland Student Hockey League". 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°11′22″N 76°52′51″W / 39.1895°N 76.8809°W / 39.1895; -76.8809