Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

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Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
7 S. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD, 21740
United States
Coordinates 39°38′30″N 77°43′14″W / 39.64167°N 77.72056°W / 39.64167; -77.72056Coordinates: 39°38′30″N 77°43′14″W / 39.64167°N 77.72056°W / 39.64167; -77.72056
School type Magnet high school
Opened 2009
Founder Dr. Elizabeth M. Morgan
School district Washington County Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox
Principal Rob Hovermale
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 265 (September 2012)

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is a magnet high school that opened its doors for gifted art students in August 2009. Currently there are seven different majors: Theatre, Musical Theatre, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Dance, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts. The Literary Arts program was added at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The school building is located adjacent to the Maryland Theatre in the arts and entertainment district of downtown Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, United States. Despite being a public school, applications and auditions are part of a process needed in order to be accepted and then enrolled. Barbara Ingram School is also unique in that it will accept students not only from all of Washington County but also from proximate Maryland counties and areas in nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Rob Hovermale is the current Principal. There are no sports teams originating from the school.

Performances and exhibitions[edit]

All-School Musicals[edit]


The first all school musical was Thoroughly Modern Millie and received rave reviews.


The all school musical The Phantom of the Opera was performed during the 2010 to 2011 school year. Barbara Ingram School for the Arts was one of the first high schools to perform this musical. Not only was the performance well received, it is also considered a milestone in the revival of downtown Hagerstown.[1]


The 2012 all school musical was Disney's Beauty and The Beast and ran for two weekends at the Maryland Theatre.


The 2013 Barbara Ingram was Legally Blonde and received some of the highest praise for acting. It was the final musical for the first full graduating class.


In August 2013, Barbara Ingram announced that its fifth all-school musical will be the classic The Wizard of Oz. It will be performed in April of 2014;

Additional Performances[edit]

In the summer of 2010 thirty-seven vocalists traveled to New York City to perform in Eric Whitacre's Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings at Carnegie Hall. The dance department will also be traveling to perform at this year's orange bowl. The Barbara Ingram Music Theatre Ensemble, the "Phantasmics", performed at Downtown Disney in Orlando Florida in the summer of 2011 and in Disney and Universal theme parks in 2012. Many performances occur year round at the school, The Maryland Theatre, and other locations around the community.


The Barbara Ingram school mascot is 'The Phantom,' alluding to the alleged ghost that haunts the lower level of the building. The school colors are purple, black and silver.


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