Centennial High School (Howard County, Maryland)

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Centennial High School
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4300 Centennial Lane,
Ellicott City, MD, 21042
Coordinates 39°15′11″N 76°52′4″W / 39.25306°N 76.86778°W / 39.25306; -76.86778Coordinates: 39°15′11″N 76°52′4″W / 39.25306°N 76.86778°W / 39.25306; -76.86778
Type Public high school
Motto Commitment to Excellence
Established 1977
Principal Cynthia Dillon
Faculty 71
Enrollment 1,614[1]
Color(s) Red, White, and Blue (accent)
Mascot Eagle
Rival Mount Hebron High School
Newspaper The Wingspan
Yearbook Eyrie
Feeder schools Burleigh Manor Middle School (Majority), Dunloggin Middle School, Ellicott Mills Middle School

Centennial High School is a secondary school in Ellicott City, Maryland, that opened in 1977. The school is based in Howard County and is part of the Howard County Public Schools system. The school is named after its road frontage on Centennial Lane, built in 1876 as a shortcut through Denton Hammond's slave plantation Burleigh Manor between Clarksville and Ellicott City.[2][3]

In 1969–85, the school was recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the country through the USDE Secondary School Recognition Program.[4] In 1996, Centennial High School was the first high school within Maryland to achieve the excellence standard in all categories of the MSPAP's[expand acronym] report card.[citation needed] The school maintained these standards throughout 2000 and 2001. In 2008, the school was nominated by US News & World Report as a "silver medal" school, placing in the top 505 high schools nationwide.[5] In a 2012 joint study by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Centennial was ranked the second-best public high school in Maryland and number 111 in the nation.[6] In 2014, Centennial was ranked as the best public school in Maryland and 18th in the U.S.[7]

In 2017 the school was awarded "gold medal" by US News & World Report which put it as 373rd best school nationwide and 11th in the State of Maryland.[8]

The school has a maximum capacity of 1,360 students, but through the addition of four portable classrooms currently (as of 2017) enrolls over 1,614 students. Of those in attendance, 39.3% are White, 38.7% are Asian, 9.5% are African American, 5.1% are Hispanic, 0.3% are Native American, 0.2% are Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 6.9% are two or more races.[1]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2017-18 School profile" (PDF). HCPSS. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). Maryland, a Guide to the Old Line State. Oxford University Press. p. 330. ASIN B00CD8BQH8. 
  3. ^ William Hand Browne (1956). Maryland Historical Magazine. Louis Henry Dielman Maryland Historical Society. p. 213. 
  4. ^ Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 Archived June 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "America's Top Schools 2014". Newsweek. September 13, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Centennial High". US News & World Report. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 

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