Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
|Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (B-CC)|
|Motto||Learn, Think, Serve, Be Responsible|
|Location||Bethesda, Maryland, USA|
|District||Montgomery County Public Schools|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Yearbook||The Pine Tree|
|Website||Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School|
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, an unincorporated community in Montgomery County. In May 2012, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School was ranked #6 in the state of Maryland, and #151 in the nation. 
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 (Prek-2), Somerset Elementary, and Westbrook Elementary.
- 1 Academics
- 2 Courses
- 3 History
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Activities
- 7 Administrators
- 8 Teachers and faculty
- 9 Notable staff
- 10 Notable alumni
- 11 References
- 12 External links
B-CC is a comprehensive public senior high school with a full complement of challenging academics and innovative 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 Diploma.
Bethesda Chevy Chase High School is one of the top schools in the nation. 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. In 2010, B-CC was ranked 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. 
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. These include:
- AP Environmental Science
- IB Environmental Science (Standard Level)
- AP Physics C (Teacher Recommendation Required)
- IB Physics
- AP Biology (Double Period)
- IB Biology
- AP Chemistry (Double Period)
- IB Chemistry (Standard Level)
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. These include:
- AP and IB Standard Level Psychology
- AP U.S. History (with sufficient student interest)
- AP European History (with sufficient student interest)
- AP Macro and Microeconomics (each is one semester)
- AP World History
- AP Comparative Government
- IB History (Higher Level only)
- East Asian History
- AP Modern World and standard level Modern World
- AP United States Government and Politics
Many students in 11th and 12th grade opt to challenge themselves by taking college-level English courses offered at B-CC. These include:
B-CC's Music Department has earmed two Grammy Foundation awards excellence in its 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, 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.
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. 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 1934 and 1936 structures into one building. It had a 213,499 ft² addition, 94,716 ft² of renovations of the original 1934, 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.
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 class room Promethean boards.
B-CC fields more than 25 athletic teams:
- Cheerleading (2nd Place in the County '09, 1st Place in the County '11 (Varsity- Division 1) )
- Cross Country (girls) (2011,2012 and 2013 Maryland 4A Girls State Champions)
- Cross Country (boys) (2007 Maryland 3A Boys State Champions)
- Field Hockey (State Finalists '11)
- Football (Back to Back playoff team in '11 and '12)
- Poms (2008 and 2011 County Champs, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Champions)
- Soccer (boys) (State Champions '01, 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)
- Crew (boys) (club sport)
- Crew (girls) (club sport)
- Basketball (boys)
- Basketball (girls)
- Ice Hockey (club sport)
- Indoor Track (girls) (3A state champions in 2008)
- Indoor Track (boys)
- Swimming & Diving
- Crew (boys) (club sport)
- Crew (girls) (club sport)
- Gymnastics (State Champions 2007-2010)
- Lacrosse (boys)
- Lacrosse (girls)
- Outdoor Track & Field
- Tennis (boys)
- Volleyball (boys)
- Volleyball (coed)
B-CC High School offeres more than 80 clubs and student organizations
B-CC High School boasts a state championship Varsity Physics team 
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has a strong publication department. The school actively publishes seven types of publications:
- B-CC Lumberjack, a humor magazine.
- 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 http://tattlerextra.org/
- IB Newsletter, a newsletter about the IB Program at BCC and its developments.
Music and Theatre
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.
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.
- Principal: Karen Lockard
- Assistant Principal: Sharif Robinson
- Assistant Principal: Ricardo Hernandez
- Assistant Principal: Marjorie Lope
Teachers and faculty
B-CC is widely recognized for its professional staff. Additional information on teachers, including their school email addresses, can be found on the B-CC website. The Guidance Department also has more information on B-CC faculty. Student reviews of individual teachers are available at http://www.ratemyteacher.com.
Government and politics
- Chet Culver, Governor of Iowa
- L. Craig Johnstone, U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, and Deputy-High Commissioner for Refugees
- Roger W. Titus, United States federal judge
- Peter Jo Messitte, United States federal judge
- Daniel Dominguez, United States federal judge
- William Frick, member of the Maryland House of Delegates
- Neal Potter, County Executive of Montgomery County, 1990–1994
- Ruy Teixeira, American political scientist
- Andy Levin, Acting Director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
- Andy Billig, Washington State Senator from the 3rd District
- Jonathan I. Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems
- Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton
- Philip J. Kaplan, (aka Pud), notable internet personality and founder of Fuckedcompany.com and Adbrite
- Frank Radice, U.S. media businessman, former President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Executive Vice President of the NBC Agency.
- David Risher, President and co-founder of Worldreader
- David Stuart (Mayanist), Mayanist scholar and the youngest-ever recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant"
- Council Nedd II, American Anglican Bishop
- Bill Guckeyson, 1937 NFL Draft, killed as a fighter pilot in World War II, namesake for the school's athletic field
- Joe Urso, Professional Arena Football player (Baltimore Blackbirds, Chesapeake Tide, Maryland Maniacs)
- Moise Fokou, American football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts
- Ethan White, Major League Soccer Defender for the DC United
- Drew Caylor, Selected in the 6th Round of the 2004 NFL Draft, by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also played for the New York Jets, and Baltimore Ravens.
- Collin Martin, Major League Soccer Midfielder for the DC United
- Frank Funk, Former MLB player (Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Braves)
Arts and media
- John Harwood, Chief White House Correspondent for CNBC
- Austin H. Kiplinger, journalist and philanthropist
- Andy Pollin, radio personality on Washington, D.C. sports talk station WTEM
- Andy Serwer, journalist with Fortune magazine
- Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring
- Joe Haldeman, noted science-fiction writer and author of The Forever War
- Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend
- Laurie Strongin, author of Saving Henry: A Mother's Journey.
- David Simon, creator and executive producer of the HBO series The Wire (TV series)
- Neal Fredericks, cinematographer, most notably for "The Blair Witch Project"
- Gaelan Connell, star of the movie Bandslam.
- Tommy Davidson, comedian and part of the cast of the TV show In Living Color
- Daniel Stern, comic actor noted for playing Marv, one of the burglars from the first two Home Alone movies.
- Dan Nainan, comedian who has performed at three events commemorating the inauguration of President Barack Obama
- Becky Stark, actress and lead singer of Lavender Diamond.
- Andy Duncan, founding member of the band OK GO
- Robert Gordon, rockabilly singer
- Mark Wenner, singer and harmonica player for blues band The Nighthawks 
- Daniel Kessler, guitarist and founder of the band Interpol
- Si Kahn, American singer and songwriter
- David Tate (radio broadcaster), former CEO of Rantel Research, Inc. and current Director of Analytical Associates of Bethesda, MD.
- Kati Marton, journalist
- Robert Mercurio, bassist and founder of the band Galactic
- Jeff Raines, guitarist and founder of the band Galactic
- David Elfin, journalist, author of Washington Redskins: The Complete Illustrated History
- Peter Rosenberg, radio & TV personality, Hot 97
- Bethesda Schools Rank Among the Best http://bethesda.patch.com/articles/county-bethesda-schools-rank-among-top-in-nation
- 2013 Physics Olympics Results http://www.physics.umd.edu/PhysOlympics/2013scores.html
- A Social History of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School 1925–1980, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, retrieved 22 December 2008.
- Gabriele McCormick "High School Forever" Bethesda Magazine