Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (emblem).gif
Learn, Think, Serve, Be Responsible
4301 East-West Highway
Bethesda, Maryland, 20814
Type Public
Established 1926
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal Karen Lockard
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1,872 (2013-14[1])
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Athletics conference MPSSAA Montgomery County League
Mascot Battlin' Baron
Baron Mascot.jpg
Team name Barons
Rival Walt Whitman High School
Accreditation MSA, IBO
Publication Chips
Newspaper The Tattler
Yearbook The Pine Tree
Athletic Director James Tapley

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (B-CC) is a Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, public school named for two of the towns it serves along with Kensington and Silver Spring, Maryland. It is located at 4301 East-West Highway, in Bethesda. In May 2012, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School was ranked #6 in the state of Maryland, and #151 in the nation. [2]

Bethesda-Chevy Chase is a part of Montgomery County Public Schools.

The school serves the Chevy Chase and Bethesda areas including the towns of Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase View, Chevy Chase Village, and Somerset; and the villages of Chevy Chase Section Three, Chevy Chase Section Five, Martin's Additions and North Chevy Chase. Schools within the Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster include Westland Middle, Bethesda Elementary, Chevy Chase Elementary (3-6), North Chevy Chase Elementary (3-6), Rock Creek Forest Elementary, Rosemary Hills Elementary (Pre-K-2), Somerset Elementary, and Westbrook Elementary.


B-CC is a public senior high school with various academic programs, including learning and academic disabilities education and English as a Second Language. B-CC has an Honors program, an Advanced Placement program, and a signature program—the International Baccalaureate program. B-CC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and by the Maryland State Department of Education. The school offers 28 Advanced Placement Courses, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs.

In 1960, the school was rated "Best School in America" by Time Magazine. In 2005, the school was ranked 29th in Newsweek Magazine's top 1000 High Schools in the U.S., ranked 34th in the 2006 edition, 44th in the 2007 edition and B-CC was ranked 64th on Newsweek's Top 100 High Schools of 2008.[3] In 2010, B-CC was ranked[dead link] by Newsweek as the third best public school in the state of Maryland, and as the 63rd best public school nationwide.

In May 2011, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School was ranked #1 in the state of Maryland, and #59 in the nation.[citation needed]


Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School offers courses in many fields. They offer the International Baccalaureate program and the Advanced Placement program.

Foreign languages[edit]

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School is known as a school that offers variety of languages which include:

  • Arabic, level 1 (On-Level), 2 (On-Level), 3 (On-Level), and 4 (On-Level)
  • Mandarin Chinese, level 1 (On-Level), 2 (On-Level), 3 (On-Level/IB/Honors), 4 (On-Level/IB/Honors), 5 (On-Level/IB), and 6 (On-Level/IB)
  • French, level 1 (On-Level), 2 (On-Level), 3 (On-Level/Honors), 4 (On-Level/Honors), 5 (On-Level/IB), 6 (IB), 7 (IB), and AP French Literature
  • Spanish, level 1 (On-Level), 2 (On-Level), 3 (On-Level/Honors), 4 (On-Level/Honors), 5 (On-Level/IB), 6 (On-Level/IB), 7 (IB), AP Spanish Language, and AP Spanish Literature


In addition to courses such as Algebra and Geometry, which are required by many colleges as well as by Montgomery County, B-CC offers a variety of upper level math courses. The Mathematics department is one of the strongest at B-CC, mainly because of the faculty which includes highly educated professors and award-winning teachers. The AP Calculus BC, IB Math (HL) and Multivariable Calculus Teacher, Christopher Orlando was given the award Teacher of the year 2009 on national level. The Mathematics department offers the following courses:

  • Geometry (On-Level/Honors)
  • Algebra, level 1 (On-Level), 2(On-Level/Honors), and a special program called Bridge to Algebra
  • Precalculus, (On-Level/Honors/IB)
  • Calculus with Applications (On Level Calculus course), AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations
  • IB Mathematical Studies Standard Level, IB Mathematics Standard Level and Higher Level
  • Statistics, Statistics and Mathematical Modeling (On-Level Statistics course), AP Statistics, and Advance Statistics (more advanced Statistics course)


B-CC offers several college-level science courses, including:

History and social sciences[edit]

In addition to the numerous electives offered by the Social Studies Department, a number of courses exploring history and the social sciences at the college level are offered, including


Many students in 11th and 12th grade opt to challenge themselves by taking college-level English courses offered at B-CC. These include:


AP and IB courses are also offered by the Theater, Art, Music, and Technology Departments.


B-CC's Music Department has earned two Grammy Foundation awards for their ensembles.

Led by Marshall White, the department boasts a Symphonic and Concert Orchestra and Band, Advanced Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Drumline, and a number of chamber groups such as a string quartet, brass group, string ensemble, pit orchestra (for the theatre program), and jazz combo. It also has several choral groups, and individual instrument courses such as guitar and piano. Choral groups are led by Lisa Itkin, and the concert and symphonic bands are directed by Matthew "Hoff" Hoffman. The department also offers a rigorous IB Music course as a regular period during the day.[4]


Begun as a two-story, 14-room facility on Wilson Lane in 1926, B-CC High School opened in its current location on East-West Highway in 1935 at 44,995 ft² in a building designed by Howard Wright Cutler. New buildings or additions to existing buildings were constructed over the years:

  • 1936 – 36,515 ft² added
  • 1950 – 49,616 ft² added
  • 1952 – 22,396 ft² added
  • 1959 – 32,408 ft² added
  • 1966 – 29,023 ft² added
  • 1970 – 20,295 ft² added
  • 1975 – 8,378 ft² added
  • 1976 – 9,616 ft² added

which made the total school area 253,242 ft².

In the summer of 1994, parents, teachers, administrators, business people and other supporters of B-CC High School formed the Community Coalition for Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Its charge was to re-engineer and refocus the high school in an increasingly urbanized and cosmopolitan area. CC-B-CC representatives were encouraged to think broadly and innovatively to create programs that would lead B-CC High School and Montgomery County Public Schools into the next century.

Because of this effort, in February 2002, B-CC High School re-opened its doors after a two-and-a-half year, multi-million dollar, comprehensive modernization that, among other things, combined the historic 1935 and 1936 structures into one building. It had a 213,499 ft² addition, 94,716 ft² of renovations of the original 1935, 1936 and part of the 1950 buildings, and 158,526 ft² of demolitions of most of the 1950 building, 1952, 1959, 1966, 1970, 1975, and 1976 buildings. The building now encompasses 308,215 ft².


A view of the building from East-West Highway.

The school now boasts 80 classrooms, a media center with 30 computer workstations and TV studio and media production facilities, a greenhouse, a music laboratory and choral room, 2 gymnasiums and a weight training room, a 900-seat auditorium, and a cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch. B-CC also has two "firsts" among Montgomery County Public Schools — a Cyber Café, opened in March 2003, and a state-of-the-art Language Lab, installed in the summer of 2004.

In 2008, B-CC High School was equipped with 80 digital classroom Promethean boards.


B-CC fields more than 25 athletic teams, known as the Barons:

Fall sports[edit]

  • Cheerleading (2nd Place in the County '09, 1st Place in the County '11 (Varsity- Division 1) )
  • Cross Country (girls) (2011 and 2012 Maryland 4A Girls State Champions)
  • Cross Country (boys) (2007 Maryland 3A Boys State Champions)
  • Field Hockey (State Champions 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004; State Finalists 1987, 1989, 1991, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011, and 2014) [5]
  • Football (Back to Back playoff team in '11 and '12)
  • Golf
  • Poms (2008 and 2011 County Champs, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Champions)
  • Rowing (boys) (club sport)
  • Rowing (girls) (club sport)
  • Soccer (boys) (State Champions 1985, State Champions '01, State Champions '07, Division 4A Finalists '09)
  • Soccer (girls) (State Champions'01, State Champions'04, State Champions'08, State Champions'09, 48 place in the Nation,State Champions'10, State Champions'11, State Finalists '12)
  • Tennis (girls) (County Division 1 Champions '09)
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Equestrian

Winter sports[edit]

  • Basketball (boys) (State Champions, 1984)
  • Basketball (girls)
  • Bocce
  • Cheerleading
  • Ice Hockey (club sport)
  • Indoor Track (girls) (3A state champions in 2008)
  • Indoor Track (boys)
  • Poms
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Wrestling
  • Equestrian

Spring sports[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Gymnastics (State Champions 2007-2010)
  • Lacrosse (boys)
  • Lacrosse (girls)
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Rowing (boys) (club sport)
    • State Champions - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 [6]
    • National finalists - 2000(2nd), 2001(1st), 2003, 2004(3rd), 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012[7]
  • Rowing (girls) (club sport)
    • State Champions - 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014[8]
    • National finalists - 2002(2nd), 2003, 2004(1st), 2005, 2007(3rd), 2008, 2012(3rd), 2013, 2014[9]
  • Softball
  • Tennis (boys)
  • Volleyball (boys)
  • Volleyball (coed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (club sport)
    • State Champions - 2014 [10]
  • Equestrian


B-CC High School offers more than 80 clubs and student organizations.


B-CC High School boasts a state championship Varsity Physics team. [11]


Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School actively publishes six types of publications:

  • The Banter, the PTSA's bimonthly newsletter.
  • Chips, B-CC's award-winning magazine currently in its 75th edition, a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Silver Crown winner.
  • College/Career Crier, a newsletter from the College & Career Coordinator containing information for students.
  • The Pine Tree, B-CC’s yearbook, first organized by B-CC Class of 1932.
  • The Tattler, the oldest student-run newspaper in the county (begun in the 1920s) and, for the 2000–2001 school year, winner of a gold medal awarded by the Columbia School of Journalism. Website at
  • IB Newsletter, a newsletter about the IB Program at BCC and its developments.

Music and Theatre[edit]

B-CC is a GRAMMY foundation signature school. In 2005, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School won the Maryland State Theatre Society's award for best musical for its production of Urinetown.[citation needed]

In April 2008, B-CC attended the Boston Heritage Festival. All of its music groups received golds and left with several trophies and plaques. They also received soloist awards for a number of their musicians. The 2010 music department trip went to New York City, where B-CC won multiple awards, including the "Heritage Sweepstakes" award (for being the overall best competing music department) and the "Best Individual Ensemble" Award, which went to the Symphonic Orchestra.

Previous music department trips have taken students to Montreal, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, and Orlando. Each trip has seen B-CC's ensembles participate in the Heritage Festival, with the notable exception of the 2013 trip to New York, in which groups attended clinics and were coached by professional musicians.[12]


  • Principal: Karen Lockard
  • Assistant Principal: Sharif Robinson
  • Assistant Principal: Ricardo Hernandez
  • Assistant Principal: Marjorie Lope

Notable staff[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Government and politics[edit]

Chet Culver, Governor of Iowa




Arts and media[edit]

David Simon, creator and executive producer of the HBO series The Wire (TV series)
John Harwood, Chief White House Correspondent for CNBC
Tommy Davidson, Comedian and Actor


  1. ^ B-CC At A Glance
  2. ^ Bethesda Schools Rank Among the Best
  3. ^ (1)
  4. ^ B-CC HS Music
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  6. ^ "B-CC Crew - History". B-CC Crew. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "B-CC Crew - History". B-CC Crew. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "B-CC Crew - History". B-CC Crew. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "B-CC Crew - History". B-CC Crew. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 USAU High School State Results". USAU. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  11. ^ 2013 Physics Olympics Results
  12. ^ Music Department Fundraisers and Volunteer Opportunities
  13. ^ A Social History of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School 1925–1980, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, retrieved 22 December 2008.
  14. ^ Gabriele McCormick "High School Forever" Bethesda Magazine [1]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°59′11.1″N 77°5′19.4″W / 38.986417°N 77.088722°W / 38.986417; -77.088722