Gaithersburg High School
Gaithersburg High School is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Part of Montgomery County Public Schools, the school was founded in 1904 as "Gaithersburg School" and offered grades K-12. Since 2013, the school resides at 101 Education Blvd and offers education for those in grades 9–12. Both Forest Oak Middle School and Gaithersburg Middle School feed into the high school. Gaithersburg High School was established in 1904. In 1951, a new school building was built. In 2007, a new wing was added to that building. From 2011 to 2013, a new school building was built on the grounds of the former, demolished with the exception of the parts of the building that were built in 2007; the pre-2007 parts of the old building were demolished and the new school building was integrated into the 2007-added parts of the building. The school's address from 1951 to 2013 was 314 South Frederick Avenue. Before 2013, the school building was sized at 68,184 square feet. On July 1, 2018, Cary D. Dimmick was appointed as the new principal of Gaithersburg High School, replacing Christine Handy-Collins.
In the summer of 2011, construction began on a new school building. The project included renovations to that wing. A limited amount of student parking was available at the time because the new building was constructed on the old student lot; the project was completed in time for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. 1961 Boys Cross Country 1965 Boys Track and Field 1966 Boys Track and Field 1971 Boys Cross Country 1986 Boys Track and Field 1986 Football 1992 Football 1998 Boys Basketball 1998 Boys Track and Field 2000 Boys Track and Field 2000 Football 2000 Boys Cross Country 2002 Boys Track and Field 2005 Girls Volleyball 2009 Boys Indoor Track & Field 2012 Girls Basketball State Champions 2015 Boys Varsity Baseball State Champions Tony Greene, NFL defensive back Floyd Cunningham, president of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary Guy Prather, NFL linebacker Eddie Stubbs, Grand Ole Opry announcer, DJ, bluegrass historian David O'Connor, Olympic equestrian Tom McHale, NFL offensive guard Mark Schenker, producer, musician Judah Friedlander and actor J. Maarten Troost, author Alice Shaw, physician Dominique Dawes, Olympic gymnast Tosin Abasi, guitarist Hank Fraley, NFL center Logic, rapper Malcolm Miller, NBA player Official website
Seneca Valley High School
Seneca Valley High School is a U. S. public high school in Germantown, Maryland. It is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools system; as of 2005, its enrollment was 1,700 but with the opening of new schools in the area it has dropped to 1,198 as of the start of the 2017-18 school year. Seneca Valley High School sits on land, once the site of a dairy farm owned by baseball player Walter Perry Johnson, having been purchased by him in 1935. Johnson lived there with his five children and his mother, as his wife died, until his death in 1946. Seneca Valley High School opened in 1974 as the first high school in Germantown and remained the only one until 1998, when Northwest High School opened. In its first year of operation, the 1974 to 1975 school year, under Principal Nathan Pearson, Seneca Valley hosted students grades seven through ten. In the following 1975 to 1976 school year, the school operated grades nine through eleven, with 8th graders transferring to the newly opened Ridgeview Junior High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
During the 1976 to 1977 school year, Seneca Valley transformed into what was a senior high school, hosting grades ten through twelve, graduating its first class in June 1977. In 1988, Seneca Valley changed to the present state of full-fledged high school with grades 9-12; the class of 1992, was the first to graduate all upper high school years in one facility. The existing school building, built in the 1970s, is due to be demolished, with a new one to be built in its place by the end of 2020. Construction work began in September 2017; the school colors are Forest green and gold, the mascot is the Screaming Eagle. Seneca Valley's football biggest rivalry is with Northwest High School. Seneca Valley's football team is one of the most accomplished public school programs in Maryland history, they have a record 12 state football championships, with the most recent title coming in 2002. Seneca Valley won the state title in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002. Mark Bryan, Lead Guitar and the Blowfish Neil Fallon, Clutch Dean Felber, Bass Guitar and the Blowfish Jean-Paul Gaster, Clutch Dan Maines, Bass Guitarist, Clutch Andre Smith, former NFL player Paula White and Pastor, Paula White Ministries Seneca Valley High School Seneca Valley Football Seneca Valley Lacrosse Seneca Valley Class of 1979 Alumni Seneca Valley High School at the Wayback Machine Seneca Valley High School at the Wayback Machine
Richard Montgomery High School
Richard Montgomery High School is a secondary public school located in Rockville, United States. The school houses Montgomery County's first International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme; this competitive-entry magnet program draws students from all over Montgomery County and has an IB diploma rate of 99%, the highest in the United States of its kind. The IB programme has a 10% acceptance rate for incoming freshmen. Entry is based on an entrance examination, middle school transcripts and teacher recommendations, personal essays. Incoming freshmen who have been accepted into the IB programme are first enrolled in a special two-year program consisting of courses designed to prepare them for the more demanding IB courses they will take in their junior and senior years; the IB programme at RM sends students every year to some of the nation's top colleges and universities, including Ivy League schools, MIT, Stanford and the University of Chicago. The average class size is 24.8, although this number has been increasing, with a student to staff ratio of 14.5:1.
Richard Montgomery offers students the Middle Years Programme curriculum. This program is mandatory to all students who attend Julius West Middle School, the sole middle school that feeds into RM; the MYP program stresses "life long learning," "critical thinking," and "responsible global citizenship." It is a five-year program designed for students in grades 6–10. Upon completion, students can apply to enroll in the IB programme. Students are accepted each year through this secondary application process for the IB programme. In 2007, Richard Montgomery was featured in Newsweek magazine as the 27th highest-rated high school in the nation. In June 2002, it won its first award in National Scholastic Championship at George Washington University. Richard Montgomery High School won the 2003 Blue Ribbon in Education Award by the United States Department of Education. RM has been identified as the number one school in the D. C. metropolitan area in the Challenge Index for Rigor. Richard Montgomery has had multiple Marian Greenblatt Education Fund award winner teachers.
Upon graduation, 79.2% of the class of 2008 planned for only post-secondary education. There was a 92.1% attendance rate and a 2.0% dropout rate in 2002-2003. The student body of 2014-2015 was 30% Non-Hispanic White, 25.2% Asian, 16.2% African American, 23.5% Hispanic/Latino, 0.2% American Indian. Richard Montgomery High School was established in 1892, when the state Board of Education first allocated funds to local school to educate high school students; the first class graduated from Rockville High School in 1897. A new high school was constructed and opened for use in September 1905 on East Montgomery Avenue and Monroe Street. An addition was built in 1917. Rockville Colored High School was opened in 1927; the school for white children was renamed Richard Montgomery High School to distinguish between the two in 1935. The building was completed in 1942 at 49,167 sq ft, after a fire destroyed the old high school in 1940. Additions to the school were made in 1952 at 39,895 sq ft, 1959 at 37,425 sq ft, in 1964 at 56,703 sq ft, 1969 at 4,000 sq ft, 1975 at 35,890 sq ft, 1976 at 8,300 sq ft, 1988 at 1,938 sq ft.
The current campus is 26.2 acres in size. In April 2008 stories appeared in the Washington Post, the Montgomery County Gazette, the Montgomery Sentinel, alleging that the school principal, Moreno Carrasco, had been running a private business on school time and that he was using materials that appeared to be plagiarized from a seminar that he had attended at school district expense. Carrasco went on extended sick leave. During Carrasco's absence, the RMHS newspaper, The Tide, requested that administrators approve publication of an article about the investigation into Carrasco's alleged ethics violations and business endeavors. Assistant Principal Veronica McCall denied permission for publication of the article, but was overridden by Community Superintendent Dr. Sherry Liebes after The Tide editors announced that they would go public with news of the denial; the article was published online on April 24, 2008. On June 10, 2008, Montgomery County Public Schools announced that Carrasco had been named the new director of secondary leadership training.
The announcement stated that the allegations about Carrasco's involvement in private consulting were "thoroughly investigated" and "not substantiated". On June 23, 2008, Nelson McLeod II was named the new principal of Richard Montgomery High School, he left the position in May 2014 due to a cardiac medical condition, was replaced by Damon Monteleone in July 2014. Richard Montgomery opened a new $71 million building following the end of students' 2007 winter break; the new building features wireless internet for the teachers which has since been opened to student access, LCD projectors in every classroom, dozens of Promethean interactive whiteboards and learner response devices, a modern auditorium, a recording and TV studio. The new facilities lack the capability to access older forms of media, such as material on VHS and photographic slides; the school has an artificial turf stadium next to a track. The boys' cross country team have won four state championships, in 1975, 1980, 1990 and 1995.
Richard Montgomery has its own student newspaper, The Tide, a student literary magazine, Fine Lines. The Tide received First Place with Special
Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School
Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School or Wootton High School is a public high school in Rockville, Maryland. Its namesake is the founder of Montgomery County; the school is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools system. Robert Frost Middle School along with half of Cabin John Middle School feed into Wootton. In November 2001, President George W. Bush visited Wootton HS and signed the congressional bill recognizing "Veterans Awareness Week" which takes place the week before Veteran's Day. Utkarsh Ambudkar, actor in 2012 film Pitch Perfect and American TV show The Mindy Project Steve Coll, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post Phil Galfond, professional poker player who won the 2008 World Series of Poker Mack Hollins, wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League Timothy Hwang, co-founder and CEO of FiscalNote Thomas Jane, actor,The Punisher, Hung Chris Lu, executive director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and White House Cabinet Secretary Eric Luedtke, member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing Montgomery County Members of alternative rock group O.
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Charles W. Woodward High School
Charles W. Woodward High School is a former U. S. high school located in Maryland. The building houses a middle school. In 1965, the Montgomery County Board of Education named the school after Judge Charles W. Woodward, Sr. who served as Associate Judge and as Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland from 1932 to 1955. Charles W. Woodward High School opened in 1966. Two decades in 1987, its students were merged into Walter Johnson High School, due to declining enrollment. Presently, the building is occupied by students from Tilden Middle School, whom were displaced when their school facility began a major renovation project. MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith's 2020 Capital Budget includes the funding for the reopening of Woodward High School in 2022; the budget has options for Woodward to function for two school years, starting in September 2023, as a holding school for Northwood High School, as the latter facility undergoes a planned expansion, or instead implement a phased construction for Northwood, with it remaining onsite at its current facility, thereby allowing Woodward to function as its own individual school.
County Council President Hans Riemer and Montgomery County first lady Catherine Leggett are leading an effort to rename Charles W. Woodward High School in honor of the Rev. Josiah Henson, who served as the inspiration for the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, when the school reopens in 2022. Scott Cook — professional soccer player Michael Davis — producer and writer Michael Mayer — director Lisa Caputo Nowak — astronaut Daniel Snyder — owner of the Washington Redskins Woodward alumni Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget financial open data for Charles W. Woodward High School Reopening
John F. Kennedy High School (Montgomery County, Maryland)
John F. Kennedy High School is a public high school located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Part of Montgomery County Public Schools, the school is within the census-designated place of Glenmont, although it has a Silver Spring mailing address. Over 1,700 students are enrolled at Kennedy, a member of the Downcounty Consortium along with nearby Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, Northwood High Schools. Students from any of those high schools' base areas can apply to attend Kennedy through a lottery process, after students from Kennedy's own base middle schools -- Col. E. Brooke Lee and Argyle -- are offered spots; the school mascot is the Cavalier. Opening its doors in 1964, Kennedy High School was going to be called "East Wheaton High School," but due to President John F. Kennedy's assassination in November 1963, the school was renamed after him, it enrolled students in 7th through 10th grades, but by the fall of 1966 changed to the now-standard 9th through 12th grade format, graduating its first full 12th grade class in the spring of 1967.
Kennedy's early history is that of an experimental school, with open classes, no grades, no required attendance. The onus was on Kennedy's students to be self-motivated. Kennedy's rare approach to education gained it international attention, but these trends did not become popular in other schools. Kennedy itself ended these policies as some parents refused to send their children to Kennedy, demanded the school be shut down. After the decline of birth rates following the baby boom generation, some schools were forced to close. Kennedy absorbed the student body of Northwood when it was shuttered between 1985 and 2004. Kennedy students used Northwood's building when Kennedy was renovated during the 1996-1997 school year. Of Kennedy's student body, 26% is African American, 10% is Asian American, 48% is Hispanic, 5% is Non-Hispanic White, 0.3% is Native American, 2% is of two or more races. Kennedy offers the International Baccalaureate diploma. There are five academy programs designed to attract students from across the Downcounty Consortium: the Leadership Training Institute, broadcast journalism, business management, health professions, Navy Junior ROTC.
Kennedy additionally offers over 15 Advanced Placement courses for students to earn college credit -- ranging from Studio Art to World History -- which 69% of students take. On the SAT, the school average is 969, it sends around 89% of its graduating class to two- and four-year colleges and universities. Like all other Montgomery County high schools, at least 75 hours of community service are required for graduation. In 2014, Newsweek ranked Kennedy as the 15th-best school in Maryland. Ken Cudd is the retired Athletic Director, he retired after working many years as an LTI teacher. Walter Hardy is the new Athletic director. All tournaments and finals are conducted by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association --- An incomplete list of a few Championships: Football State Championships: 1977 1984 Boys' Soccer State Champions 1978 1989 Field Hockey State Champion: 1981 Boys' Cross Country State Champions: 1974 Girls' Cross Country State Champion: 1983 Cheerleading State Champions: 1999.
Kennedy's primary rival is Wheaton High School, due to the schools' close proximity to one another. Other smaller rivalries include those with Albert Einstein High School and for lacrosse Rockville High School. Kennedy's Football stadium is named in memory of Brady Straub, who coached the 1984 football team to the state championship; the following year, he bravely led the team while battling cancer, succumbing shortly after the end of the season. The field was redone in the spring of 2007 after being condemned by the county for poor conditions; the gymnasium hallway bears the last name of former Kennedy all-star basketball player and captain Jeremy Herring. Herring, the lead scorer for Montgomery County in 2007, was slain along with his brother Justin Herring
Montgomery Blair High School
Montgomery Blair High School is a public high school located in Silver Spring, United States. The school was named after Montgomery Blair, a lawyer who represented Dred Scott in his United States Supreme Court case and who served as Postmaster General under President Abraham Lincoln, it opened in 1925 as Takoma Park-Silver Spring High School. In 1935, Montgomery Blair High School opened at 313 Wayne Avenue, a location overlooking Sligo Creek, now occupied by Silver Spring International Middle School. In 1998, the campus moved two miles north to the Kay Tract, a long-vacant tract of land adjacent to the Capital Beltway; the school has two magnet programs: the Math/Science/Computer Science Magnet and the Communication Arts Program, which draw students from both the Silver Spring area and across Montgomery County, make up 15% of Blair's student population. It is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics and Technology. Prior to the 2010 U. S. Census the school was within the Silver Spring census-designated place, but as of 2015 it now resides in the Four Corners CDP.
Montgomery Blair High School known as Takoma-Silver Spring High School, became the first high school to serve Silver Spring, Maryland when it opened in 1925 with 86 students. The 3.8-acre campus was located at the corner of Philadelphia Avenue and Chicago Avenue in suburban Takoma Park, Maryland. By the end of the 1920s the school had expanded to host students in eighth and ninth grades, who attended the school's junior high school, as well as tenth and twelfth grades, who attended the school's senior high school; as Silver Spring and Takoma Park continued to grow, the school encompassed all levels from kindergarten to twelfth grade. By 1934, the school was over-capacity with a total enrollment of 450 students, so, in September 1935, the tenth and twelfth grades relocated to a new high school named Montgomery Blair Senior High School known as the Wayne Avenue Campus. During the transition period, students and administrators had to commute between the two campuses and created the annual yearbook, Silverlogue.
When Montgomery Blair High School's 23.5-acre Wayne Avenue campus opened in March 1935, it was the sixth high school in Montgomery County, the first in the lower county. One of several Montgomery County schools designed during that period by Howard Wright Cutler, the facility consisted only of the C building, overlooking Sligo Creek. In 1936, the Auxiliary Gymnasium was added, followed by the B building in 1940, the D building in 1942. MBHS's first football team was founded in 1944, the War Memorial Stadium opened in 1947. In 1950, the A building was constructed. With the addition of the Main Gymnasium/Fieldhouse in 1954, MBHS possessed one of the finest basketball and football facilities in the county; the E building was added in 1959 as an administrative section, followed by the 1969 opening of the 1200-seat auditorium, named for long-time teacher and librarian, Elizabeth Stickley. The most recent addition was the automotive shop building in 1973. During World War II, students from the University of Maryland taught several classes, in some cases, able senior students taught sophomore classes.
The Blair Library created the "Senior Corner" to honor those. Life Magazine featured the school's Victory Corps close order drill team. Prior to the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Blair was an all-white school. In 1955, the school began to integrate along with the rest of Montgomery County. With Silver Spring's growth, Blair's enrollment jumped from 600 students in 1946, to 1900 by 1956, peaking at 2900 in 1965 before being reduced from 1700 to 1400 after re-zoning in 1982. Enrollment was around 1800 when the Science and Computer Science Magnet program brought 80 new students in the fall of 1985; the Communication Arts Program followed in 1987. Overcrowding became an issue for Montgomery Blair High School, as portable buildings covered what was once open land and enrollment exceeded the building's capacity of 2,000. In 1994, it was decided that the school should relocate to an empty tract of land 1.5 miles to the north. Construction began on the Kay Tract in the mid-nineties and the Four Corners Campus opened in the fall of 1998.
After the move, Blair's Wayne Avenue campus converted into a combination Elementary/Middle School. The Elizabeth Stickley Auditorium, was not included in the conversion plans, has remained closed since 1997; the auditorium has received a significant amount of attention throughout the region as it has fallen into disrepair. Several local politicians and leaders, including former Maryland state senator Ida Ruben, current U. S. representative Jamie Raskin and former U. S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, have endorsed projects to restore the auditorium to its former condition. Montgomery Blair High School remained at the Wayne Avenue Campus for over six decades until its 1998 move to the current Four Corners Campus at the intersection of University Boulevard, Colesville Road, the Capital Beltway; when it opened, the new facilities were the largest in the county, spanning a 42-acre region, nearly twice as large as the old Wayne Avenue site. During the early- to mid- 2000s, the school population spiked to its highest in history at 3,400 students, rivaling that of some community colleges.
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