Baltimore City College
||This article may require copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone, or spelling. (November 2013)|
|The Baltimore City College|
|3220 The Alameda; also: Thirty-third Street and The Alameda
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
|Type||Public, College Preparatory, Exam, Timeline of Baltimore history, History of Baltimore, Baltimore.|
|Motto||"Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"
(Honor to one who earns it (older version: Let him who earns it, bear the palm"))
|Founded||1839, current (eighth building) constructed 1924-April 1928, with annexes in 1958, 1979|
|School district||Baltimore City Public Schools system|
|Campus type||Urban, park-like|
|Color(s)||Black and Orange <|
|Athletics||Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association|
|Mascot||"The Black Knight"|
|Team name||"The Black Knights" or "The Collegians"|
|Rival||Baltimore Polytechnic Institute|
|Accreditation(s)||Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools|
|Newspaper||"The Collegian" (established 1929)|
|Yearbook||"The Green Bag" (established 1896)|
|Affiliation||International Baccalaureate advanced curriculum program|
The "The Baltimore City College" (BCC), also referred to as "The Castle on the Hill," and most commonly, "City", or "B.C.C." is a public high school located in northeast Baltimore, Maryland. The City College curriculum includes the International Baccalaureate Programme and emphasizes study in the classics, humanities and liberal arts. The Baltimore City College is a magnet school and admission is competitive. Applicants from Baltimore City and the surrounding area of counties are evaluated for admission using a cumulation of academic grades and standardized test scores.
Established in 1839 as originally as an all-male institution, City College is listed among the oldest high schools in the United States, traditionally as the third oldest public high school in continuous use in America. The school has been located in seven different buildings in downtown Baltimore over its 174 years before relocating on April 10, 1928, to its current building. The "Castle" sits on the highest hilltop (known as "Collegian Hill") in Baltimore in the northeast section of the City, overlooking the downtown skyline to the south on an expansive, tree-shaded 38-acre campus with numerous athletic fields and a football grandstand on the south and west sides (153,781 m2) at 33rd Street and The Alameda.
City College has long maintained a strong academic tradition and has many notable alumni including a Nobel Laureate, a Wolf Prize recipient, Pulitzer Prize winners, and many state and national political leaders. City College is a "National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" for the academic year, 1999–2000, one of only two public secondary schools in Baltimore City to receive the award. The school was also a "Maryland Blue Ribbon High School", a "Maryland Character Education High School of the Year" (1999) and a National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) "Breakthrough High School" honoree (2004).
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Enrollment
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Extracurricular activities
- 7 Student publications
- 8 Alumni Association
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 Notable faculty members
- 11 Principals
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The creation of an alien high school "in which the higher branches of English and classical literature should be taught exclusively" was authorized unanimously by the Baltimore City Council of Baltimore, Maryland, on March 7, 1839. Accordingly, a townhouse structure was rented by the Board of School Commissioners on a small narrow by-way of what was then called Courtland Street (now on the east side of Saint Paul Street/Place. "The High School" (as it was first called), opened its doors on October 20, 1839, with 46 students and one teacher/professor, Nathan C. Brooks, (1809-1898), who also served as first principal. The school moved several times over the next few years and was housed in three different locations in its first three years of existence before returning again to the original townhouse building on Courtland Street. Finally, in 1843, the Baltimore City Council allocated $23,000 to acquire the vacant old landmark "Assembly Rooms" structure at the northeastern corner of East Fayette and Holliday Streets for the school. The famous Assembly Rooms also served as the intellectual and educational center of town, with the upper floors holding rooms where the new Library Company of Baltimore and the later Mercantile Library were located for several years. In 1850, the Baltimore City Council granted the Board of School Commissioners the right to confer graduates of the school with certificates, and the following year the school held its first commencement ceremony.
In 1865, in accordance with a recommendation from the Board of Commissioners of the Baltimore City Public Schools, the school began offering a five-year track, as part of a process aimed at elevating the school to the status of a college so that it could grant its graduates baccalaureate degrees. The following year, on October 9, 1866, as another part of this process, the school was renamed "The Baltimore City College" (BCC) by act of the City Council. The Council failed to take any further action, and although the school changed nominally, it was never granted the power to confer Bachelor of Arts degrees.
The building on Fayette and Holliday Streets had been in a state of decline for two decades. It was not until 1873, when a fire spread from the Holliday Street Theater to the "Assembly Rooms", that the City Council finally decided to expend the resources to erect a building for City College. A lot was acquired on North Howard Street opposite West Centre Street and the City Council allocated $150,000 for the construction of the new building designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind. The new English Gothic revival-styled building faced east on Howard Street was dedicated on February 1, 1875, and the school moved in the following week.
The Tudor Gothic building which housed the school was undermined, in 1892, by the construction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tunnel from Camden Street Station to Mount Royal Station and collapsed. In 1895, a new larger structure, designed in the Romansque style by the noted local architects Baldwin & Pennington, was erected on the same site, only facing the Centre Street northern side. This new building quickly became overcrowded and an annex was established on 26th Street. The addition did not help with the increase in school-aged youth beginning to attend City College by World War I. During the 1920s, alumni began a campaign to provide the school with a more suitable building, and, in 1926, ground was broken for a massive Collegiate Gothic stone castle at 33rd Street and The Alameda. This new structure cost almost $3 million and officially opened in 1939.
The school began admitting African American students following the landmark ruling Brown v. Board of Education. In September 1954, 10 African-American students entered City College. The administration also sent two African American men, Eugene Parker and Pierre H. Davis, to teach at the school in 1956. Parker taught at City College for 30 years. Davis taught for one year, but returned as the school's first black principal in 1971.
In 1978, at the urging of concerned alumni, City College underwent its first major capital renovations. When the campus reopened, the high school welcomed women for the first time. The all-male tradition did not end easily; alumni had argued for the uniqueness of a single-sex educational system and convinced the task force studying the issue to vote 11–6 in favor of keeping the all-male tradition. The Board of School Commissioners, in a reversal, voted to admit women citing constitutional concerns.
City College stands on a 38-acre (153,781 m2) campus in northeast Baltimore at the intersection of 33rd Street and the Alameda. The campus consists of two buildings: the Gothic-style edifice known locally as the "Castle on the Hill" that sits in the center of the campus, and the power plant building east of the castle. In addition to providing the building's utilities, the power plant originally housed five work shops: an electrical shop, a mechanical shop, a metal shop, a printing shop, and a wood shop. It currently houses the Coldstreram-Homestead-Montebello community corporation headquarters. Only the main building is in academic use by the school. Both buildings were designed by the architecture firm of Buckler and Fenhagen. Just south of the main building is Alumni Field, the school's stadium, which serves as home to the football, boy's and girl's lacrosse and track teams. During a major building renovation in 1978 a modern gymnasium was added to the southwest corner of the main building.
On June 30, 2003, the current building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as the result of an Alumni Association initiative. The listing of the building coincided with its 75th anniversary. The previous location of the school on Howard Street is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On April 24, 2007, the Castle on the Hill earned the additional distinction of being a Baltimore City Landmark. This new status means that the building's exterior cannot be altered without approval of the city Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. On June 21, 2007, City's alumni association received a historic preservation award from Baltimore Heritage for its leadership role in preserving the building as an historic Baltimore landmark.
Throughout most of the 20th century the college preparatory curriculum at City College was divided into two tracks: the "A" course and the "B" course. Though both tracks were intended to provide students with the skills necessary for college, the "A" course was intended to be more rigorous, enabling students to complete sufficient college-level courses to enter directly into the second year of college. In the early 1990s, Principal Joseph Antenson removed the two-tier system because he believed it to be racially discriminatory. In 1998, the academic program took on the general form in which it exists today, when Principal Joseph M. Wilson introduced the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB Program) into the 11th and 12th grade curricula. The IB Program is a comprehensive, liberal arts program that must be completed in students' junior and senior years. Students now have the option to pursue a standard college preparatory curriculum, the IB Program, or a combination of the two.
In 2007, opposition to the continuation of the IB Program arose. Members of the Baltimore City College Alumni Association argued that the IB Program was diverting a significant amount of the school's resources in order to benefit a fraction of the student population. Only approximately 30 students were in the full IB Diploma Program at City College at that time. Some members also argued that the rigidity of the program did not give students enough flexibility. Citing these concerns, the alumni association encouraged the school to replace the IB Program with the "A course" and expand the number of Advanced Placement courses offered. The alumni association's recommendation, though non-binding, was intended to persuade the school to terminate the IB program and replace it with a more equitable and flexible curriculum. Nevertheless, the school administration is moving ahead with plans to expand the IB Program by incorporating the IB Middle Years Program into the 9th and 10th grade curricula.
In addition to the 23 IB courses, the school offers six Advanced Placement courses. Both programs have contributed to the academic ranking of the school. In the 1999–2000 academic year, City College was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. In June 2005, the Johns Hopkins Magazine reported that the Johns Hopkins University had awarded full-time, four-year scholarships to ten seniors. In the May 2007 Newsweek report of the nation's top 1200 schools, City College was ranked 258 and in the 2006 report the school was ranked 206. The expansion of the number of AP and IB courses offered allowed City to perform well in the Newsweek rankings, which are based heavily on the number of AP and IB courses offered.
Students wishing to enroll in City College must apply in the eighth grade. Enrollment is open to both residents and non-residents of Baltimore City, though non-residents must pay tuition. Eligibility is based on a composite score that is determined by the Baltimore City Public School System. The school system generates the composite score based on a student's grades in the seventh grade and first quarter of the eighth grade, and a student's performance on a national standardized test, with the student's grades receiving double the weight as the test scores.
There were 1,319 students enrolled at City College in 2009. Of those students, 514 were males and 805 were females. Approximately 1,193 students identified themselves as African American, comprising 90.5% of the student population. An additional 109 students identified themselves as Caucasian, comprising 8.3% of the student population. The remaining 1.2% of the population identified themselves as Hispanic, Asian, or American Indian.
Interscholastic athletics at Baltimore City College date back over 120 years. Though varsity sports were not formally organized until 1895, interscholastic athletics became a fixture at Baltimore City College earlier in the 19th century. During the early years of the athletic program, City College primarily faced collegiate competition teams because few secondary schools existed in Maryland at the time. The 1895 football schedule included St. John's College, Swarthmore College, the United States Naval Academy, University of Maryland, and Washington College. Between 1894 and 1920, City College faced off against the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and the Navy Midshipmen a combined 11 times in lacrosse.
In 1919, Baltimore City College joined the Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA), a league that later grew to include all public high schools in Baltimore City and private and parochial high schools throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. The Knights competed in the MSA's 'A' Conference, the league's top division.
After 75 years of governing Baltimore-metro area boys high school athletics, the Maryland Scholastic Association dissolved in 1993 when its 15 public school members, including founding member City College, withdrew from the league to join the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA). The Knights currently compete with other public schools in the top division of the MSPPAA's Baltimore City League.
The current City College athletic program consists of eighteen sports: six for boys, seven for girls, and five coeducational teams. The boys sports includes baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling. The girls sports are badminton, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The five co-ed sports are cross country, indoor track and field, swimming, outdoor track and field, and tennis. Girls sports were added to City's athletic department in the Fall of 1978 when the school became coeducational for the first time in its then-139-year-old history.
Much of City College's athletic history involves boys sports, but it was the girls basketball team that won the school's first MPSSAA state championship in 2009. Just hours after the Lady Knights were crowned state champions, City College's boys basketball team won the 2009 MPSSAA Class 2A state championship by beating Douglass High School (Prince George's County) at the Comcast Center.
Boys basketball at Baltimore City College dates back over 100 years. On January 25, 1913, the Knights lost by one point to the University of Maryland Terrapins (known then as the Maryland Agricultural Aggies) in an overtime game played in College Park, Maryland.
In 1919, City College joined the Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA), a league that later grew to include all public high schools in Baltimore City and private and parochial high schools throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. The Knights competed in the MSA's 'A' Conference, the league's top division. City College currently competes with other public schools in the top division of the Baltimore City League, which local media argues is the toughest MPSSAA basketball league.
City College boys basketball has been particularly successful in recent years. The Knights won back-to-back MPSSAA Class 2A boys basketball state championships in 2009 and 2010. City College and Dunbar High School are the only Baltimore City boys basketball programs to win consecutive state championships. In 1998, the Knights advanced to the MPSSAA Class 2A state basketball tournament championship game. City College boys basketball advanced to the Class 2A tournament semifinals in 1997 and 1999. In 2013, the Knights lost in the Class 3A regional championship game to the eventual state champions.
The 2013-2014 boys basketball season was one of the finest in school history and included wins over Riverdale Baptist School, a Washington Post boys basketball poll top-10 team, and Milford Mill High School, the defending Class 3A state champions. The Knights won the 2014 Baltimore City League boys basketball championship. City College finished the 2014 regular season as the No. 1 ranked team in the Baltimore Sun boys basketball poll and entered the 2014 MPSSAA Class 3A state basketball tournament as the top-seeded team in the East region. With an unblemished record of 25-0, The Knights advanced to the state basketball tournament semifinals for the first time since 2010 by beating Reservoir High School to earn the 2014 Class 3A East boys basketball regional championship.
The Baltimore City College football program began in the mid-1870s, has competed in more than 1,000 contests, and has won more than 20 Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) and Baltimore City League championships. The Knights primarily faced collegiate competition throughout the 1880s and 1890s because few secondary schools existed in Maryland at the time. The team began competing against other high schools at the beginning of the 20th century.
City College holds the record for most consecutive games played without a loss in MSPPAA history. The Knights played 54 consecutive games without a loss between 1934-1941. Harry Lawrence, who from guided the Knights to an 38-game undefeated streak between 1936-1940, including 35 wins, three ties, and four state championships, remains City College's most successful head football coach.
In 1959, George Young, who also taught in the History Department and would later join the coaching staff of the Baltimore Colts in 1968 and become the general manager of the New York Giants, became head football coach. Young guided the Knights to six Maryland state championships. Young left the program after the 1967 season to become an offensive line coach for the Baltimore Colts. One of his star players was quarterback Kurt Schmoke, who later became States' Attorney for Baltimore City and served two terms as the first elected black mayor.
In 1975, George Petrides, City College '67, became head coach of the football team and has remained in this position for over 35 years. During his tenure, Petrides has posted a 29-game winning streak and won two Maryland Scholastic Association 'A' Conference championships in 1991 and 1992. Coach Petrides guided City College to appearances in the semifinals of the MSPPAA state football tournament in 1996, 2001, 2005. In September 2006, Coach Petrides was honored as the Baltimore Ravens High School Coach of the Week for the third time since 1996.
City–Poly football rivalry
The City-Poly football rivalry is the oldest American football rivalry in Maryland, and one of the oldest public school football rivalries in the U.S. The rivalry began in 1889, when City College met the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) at Clifton Park for a football scrimmage. Little is known about the first game, except that it was played between the City JV team and Poly with City emerging as the victor. City remained undefeated in the series until 1908. In the 1920s, the rivalry had gotten so fierce that riots erupted on the streets of downtown Baltimore on the day before The Game when opposing parades clashed and the sons of both the Mayor of Baltimore and the Governor of Maryland were arrested in 1928. By the 1930s a "Peace Pact" was sworn out annually and signed by student government leaders of both schools before the cameras of the press in the Mayor's Ceremonial Office in City Hall. Several student disturbances at games or on transit buses afterwards in the late 1960s and early 70s threatened to put an end to the athletic tradition reflecting the tense tenor of the times, but goodwill eventually prevailed again by the quieter 1980s. By the 1950s, it had become a Baltimore tradition that after a morning of church services, parades and rallies, the two Catholic high school football powers of Loyola High School (Loyola Blakefield) and Calvert Hall College would play on Thanksgiving Day morning at 10 a.m., followed at 2 p.m. by City-Poly as the two public school rivals at Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street. That evening's TV news and sports casts led off with the scores and highlights of "The Game" and half-time shows and parades. Next day's papers in "The Sun" and "The News-Post and American" had special sections and stories covering all facets of the day before.
One of the most memorable City-Poly games occurred on Thanksgiving Day 1965, at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, with some 25,000 fans in attendance. City beat Poly 52–6, and completed a 10–0 season with the team being ranked eighth in the nation by a national sports poll. City's 52–6 victory over Poly in that game is the largest margin of victory in the history of the series. Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke was the quarterback and Maryland Delegate Curt Anderson was the captain of that team. The game is no longer played on Thanksgiving or at Memorial Stadium, but is now located at the home of the Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore. With 2007's 26–20 win by City, Poly leads the series 62–54–6 (counting the first 15 scrimmages won by City). In November 2013, City College and Polytechnic Institute clashed in the 125th City–Poly football game.
City's girls basketball team was formed in the Fall of 1978 when the school became co-educational for the first time in its then-139-year-old history. The Lady Knights won the MPSSAA Class 2A state championship in 2009. City College's girls team also advanced to the state semifinals in 2004 and 2005. In 2014, the Lady Knights advanced in the Baltimore City League girl's basketball tournament, but fell to arch-rival Poly in the championship game. City enters the 2014 MPSSAA Class 3A state girls basketball tournament as the second seed in the east region.
Baltimore City College boasts the oldest high school lacrosse program in the State of Maryland and is the among the oldest high school lacrosse programs in the United States. The informal playing of lacrosse began at City College in 1879 when a group of students fielded two intramural teams.  Between 1895 and 1920, City College faced off against the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and the Navy Midshipmen a combined 11 times in lacrosse.
In 1902, lacrosse became a permanent part of the school's athletic program. During the program's early years, the Knights played against collegiate teams, including Johns Hopkins and Maryland. It was not until City's arch-rival Poly fielded a lacrosse team in 1912 that the school competed against other high schools. In 1941, eight of the 26 student-athletes on Johns Hopkins University's lacrosse roster were City College graduates. At least 10 alumni of the City College boys' lacrosse program are in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The girls lacrosse team had banner seasons in 1998 and 1999, winning back-to-back Baltimore City League championships.
City College offers more than 20 student clubs and organizations. These activities include chapters of national organizations such as the National Honor Society (established at City in 1927) and Quill and Scroll. City College offers service clubs such as the Red Cross Club and Campus Improvement Association. In addition, City offers clubs and activities including Drama which holds the annual play, Art, Model UN, Band, and Dance. Other unique clubs and activities include One City One Book, an organization that invites the entire school community to read one book selected by faculty and invites the author of the book for a reading, discussion, and question and answer period. In 2007, Pulitzer Prize winner, MacArthur Fellow, and novelist Edward P. Jones discussed his book Lost in the City. Moreover, the campus school store is completely student ran and managed by the Student Government. One of City College's most notable academic teams is the It's Academic team which participates on the It's Academic TV show.
Bancroft and Carrollton-Wight Literary Societies
The origins of the speech and debate program at City College lie in the Bancroft Literary Association, which was established in 1876. In 1878, a second competing society, the Carrollton Literary Society, was established. That society was later renamed the Carrollton-Wight Literary Society, after its first faculty adviser, Professor Charles Wight. The two societies competed through the 1960s but became dormant in the late 1970s.
In 1997, under the leadership of Donald Koch, the two societies were resurrected as the Baltimore City College speech and debate team. The speech team has retained the name of the Bancroft Society and the debate team has retained the name of the Carrollton-Wight Society. The team currently competes in the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League, the Baltimore Urban Debate League, and the National Forensic League. The team has had success at the national level, advancing at the Harvard University Invitational Tournament, the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament, and the National Forensic League National Speech Tournament. Mock trial was not a traditional part of the literary societies, but it has been incorporated into the speech and debate program. In 2006, City College defeated the 2005 State Champion Squad from Richard Montgomery High School to advance to the semifinals of state championship, but was later defeated by local rival the Park School of Baltimore, which advanced to the final trial. In September 2010, BCC debate established itself as one of the dominant programs on the East Coast by earning a Tournament of Champions invitation in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, as well as a full qualification for the Policy Debate team.
The marching band at City College was created in the late 1940s. At the time, the instrumental music program consisted of the orchestra, concert band and marching band. The director who brought the band to prominence was Dr. Donald Norton. In 1954, while on sabbatical, he was replaced by Professor Charles M. Stengstacke. The 65 member concert band doubled as a marching band in the fall. During halftime performances at home the band would form the shape of a heart or a car, but always ending the performance by forming the letters C-I-T-Y.
In the 1980s, under James Russell Perkins, these groups grew in size and changed styles, adding "soulful" dance steps. Perkins's groups toured and traveled the east coast. They received superior ratings at district and state festivals. Perkins is responsible for the creation of the City College Jazz Band, the "Knights of Jazz".
In 1994, Alvin T. Wallace became Band Director. During his tenure, a wind ensemble was added and the marching band grew to include over 150 members. In 1999, the band swept the top categories in the Disney World high school band competition. In 2006, the wind ensemble received a grade of superior at the district adjudication festival and marched in the Baltimore Mayor's Christmas Day Parade.
The City College choir was founded in 1950 by Professor Donald Regier. Originally a co-curricular subject with only 18 members, by 1954 it had developed into a major subject of study with 74 students enrolled. Under the direction of Linda Hall, today's choir consists of four groups: the Mixed Chorus, the Concert Choir, the Singin'/Swingin' Knights, and the Knights and Daze Show Choir. The Mixed Choir is opened to all students at City College and currently has a membership of approximately 135 students. The Concert Choir is a more selective group consisting of about 50 students, who must audition for their places in the choir. The Singin'/Swingin' Knights is an even more selective group composed of 25 students. The Knights and Daze Show Choir is a group of students, who perform a choreographed dance routine while they sing. With the exception of the Knights and Daze Show Choir, which performs jazz and pop music, the choir's repertoire consists of gospel music, spirituals, and Classical works by composers such as Handel and Michael Praetorius.
The choir has traveled to Europe on several occasions; its first trip was in 1999, after receiving an invitation to perform at the Choralfest in Arezzo, Italy. In 2003, the choir returned to Italy to perform at the annual Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The choir has also performed in France and Spain.
On October 2, 2007, the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall announced that the City College choir was one of four high school choirs selected to participate in the National High School Choral Festival on March 10, 2008. The four choirs will perform Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem under the direction of Craig Jessop, Mormon Tabernacle Choir Director. The choirs will also be led by their own directors in performing choral selections of their choosing.
The Green Bag
The Green Bag is the senior class annual at City College. Published continuously since 1896, The Green Bag is the oldest publication still in existence at the school and one of the oldest high school or college yearbooks in America. G. Warfield Hobbs Jr., (later an Episcopal priest), president of the 1896 senior class and first editor-in-chief of the Green Bag, gave the publication its name in recognition of the role of City College graduates in political leadership. Historically, the carpet bag containing the political appointees of the Governor of Maryland to be approved by the General Assembly of Maryland have been known as the "green bag", though the derivation of the term is unknown. The first yearbooks contained sketches of faculty and seniors, and included recollections, anecdotes, stories, and quotes significant to the student body. Underclassmen were included for the first time in 1948. In 2007, The Green Bag released its first full-color edition.
The most controversial issue of the Green Bag was published in 1900 when Members of the senior class used the annual to make fun of their professors. The school board attempted to censor the edition by requiring the Green Bag to be reviewed by Principal Francis A. Soper. The yearbook had already been printed, and in defiance of the school board, the editors refused to have the edition censored and reprinted. The school board responded by withholding the diplomas of six of the editors and the business manager and by preventing the school from holding a public commencement ceremony. One of the boys expelled, Clarence Keating Bowie, became a member of the school board in 1926.
The Collegian has been the school student newspaper of City College since its first publication as a bi-weekly newspaper in 1929. Though several other publications existed in 1929, such as the student magazine "The Oriole" since 1912, The Collegian is the only publication other than the Green Bag still printed. Originally, the paper was both managed and printed by students. During the 1930s, The Collegian won numerous awards including second place in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual contest for five years in a row. In recent years, the publication has waned. Budget cuts have reduced the number of issues printed. Citing the decline of The Collegian and increasing disorder in the school, 2 underground publications were started, the first entitled Knights' Voice by Marshall Troutner and the second entitled Omnibus by Leah Goldman and Maia Gottlieb in May 2007. Goldman and Gottlieb later went on to revive The Collegian, going to print in 2008. The Collegian is still being published quarterly at the school, often with a bonus issue around the time of the City-Poly game.
The Baltimore City College Alumni Association Inc. (BCCAA) was established in 1866 as a support network for City College. The BCCAA holds an annual meeting at the school every November and its Board of Governors meets the first Monday of each month at the school.
The BCCAA publishes the class reunion guide, established and maintains a life membership endowment fund, presents Golden Apple Award annually to faculty members, sponsors the Hall of Fame selection and induction, publishes a semi-annual newsletter, maintains an alumni data base and assists with numerous projects designed to enrich student life and improve the facility.
Trustees of the Baltimore City College Scholarship Funds
To succeed a similar organization which was established in 1924, the Trustees of the Baltimore City College Scholarship Funds, Inc., was established and incorporated in 1983. The Trustees manage numerous endowments, most of which provide annual scholarships to graduating seniors based on criteria stipulated by the donors. Combined endowment assets are currently valued at or around $1,500,000 covering 34 annual scholarships. To recognize the custodianship provided by the Trustees, the BCCAA has placed a bronze plaque in the main hall of the school which carries an individually cast nameplate for each of the 34 permanent endowments held by the Trustees.
Baltimore City College Hall of Fame
The Baltimore City College Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held every October. Alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the school, the city, state, country or the world are selected to become members with former inductees, alumni and students attending the two-hour ceremony. One of the 2007 inductees was Robert Hormats, a Vice-President at Goldman Sachs, in 2013, Maryland State delegate Curt Anderson was among the inductees.
Many City College alumni have become civil servants, including three of the 10 individuals currently representing the state of Maryland in the U.S. Congress—Congressman Elijah Cummings, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, and Senator Ben Cardin. Among graduates with significant military service are two Commandants of the Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Frederick C. Billard and Admiral J. William Kime, as well as 2nd Lieutenant Jacob Beser, the only individual to serve on both the Enola Gay when it dropped Little Boy and Bocks Car when it dropped Fat Man. In addition, three City College alumni are recipients of the Medal of Honor.
The list of alumni includes prominent scientists, such as theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler, who coined the term black hole and received the 1997 Wolf Prize in Physics, Martin Rodbell, who received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of G-proteins, and Abel Wolman, the "father" of chlorinated drinking water and a National Medal of Science recipient. Notable writers such as Leon Uris, author of the Exodus, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Karl Shapiro, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Russell Baker are also alumni. Businessmen, who have graduated from the school, include David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, and David T. Abercrombie, namesake and co-founder of Abercrombie & Fitch.
Notable faculty members
- Blanche F. Bowlsbey, first female teacher (1935–1955)
- Ed Burns, Edgar Award-winning writer for The Corner and The Wire
- McFadden Newell, first principal, Towson University
- ZZ Packer, author, Guggenheim Fellow
- Pierre Davis, first African-American teacher (1956), first African-American principal (1971)
- Eugene Parker, first African-American coach (1956–1986)
- George Petrides, longest serving faculty member (1972–present)
- Mellasenah Morris, Dean, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (2008–present)
- George L.P. Radcliffe, U.S. Senator
- Henry E. Shepherd, superintendent, Baltimore City Public Schools; president, The College of Charleston (1882–1897)
- Robert Herring Wright, first president, East Carolina University
- George Young, NFL Executive, General Manager New York Giants
- Nathan C. Brooks (1839–1849), first principal
- Rev. Francis G. Waters (1849–1853), President, Washington College
- Francis A. Soper (1890–1911), longest serving principal
- Wilbur F. Smith (1911–1926), first Chancellor, University of Baltimore (1926–1933)
- Pierre A. Davis (1970–1974), first African-American principal
- Jean Johnson (1988–1990), (1992–1994), first female principal
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