Bladensburg High School
|Bladensburg High School|
|Motto||"Where Excellence Is A Deliberate Practice"|
|Principal||B. Aisha Mahoney|
|Location||4200 57th Ave,
Bladensburg, Maryland, U.S.
|Colors||Maroon, White, & Black|
Bladensburg High School's history dates back to 1936, when the high school became a four-year school. Bladensburg's old facility was torn down after school let out for summer 2001; a new facility was built in its place and opened in 2005. On June 11, 2009, the class of 2009 graduated from the school at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md, making them the first class to study all four years in the new facility.
Bladensburg High School serves the towns of Bladensburg, Cheverly, Colmar Manor, and Edmonston. The school also serves students from all across the county that are selected to enroll in the school's prestigious Biomedical Program.
Bladensburg has had significant historical changes in the students it has served. Opening in the mid-1930s, the school was 100% Caucasian during that period, the school is now 49% African-American and 49% Hispanic/Latino due to the changing population of Prince George's County. Over the last three years, the school's enrollment has increased from 1,600 to nearly 2,000 with programs of study in Biomedicine, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Agriculture, and Nursing. Over the last two years, the school, along with its feeder middle school and elementary school, participated in the national CSTEM (Communication, Science, Technology, and Math) competition in Houston, Texas with schools from all across the country. In April 2011, the school won three first place awards, placing the schools in Bladensburg, Maryland as the number one contender in CSTEM.
In 2011, the school appeared in several media showcases for its work with the Dream Act, CSTEM awards, Secondary School Reform courses, Nobel Laureate (William Phillips) physics presentation at the school, and winning the Grammy Foundation Award for excellence in Music. Over the last three years, graduating seniors have earned nearly 10 million dollars in combined scholarships with students progressing to Dartmouth College, University of Maryland, and Spellman College, just to name a few. The school has also graduated its first POSSE Scholar (2011) and Gates Millennium Scholar (2009).
The school won Maryland State Basketball Championships in 1960 and 1973. Two brothers, Jay Buckley and Bruce Buckley, were the centers of those two respective teams. Danny Elliott '70 was the Maryland state basketball Player of the Year in 1970. Former Utah Jazz star Thurl Bailey attended Bladensburg, as did former NFL defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban. Brian Davis of the Duke University 1991 and 1992 NCAA Championship Basketball teams is a member of the class of 1988. In 2011, senior Jamal Saunders won the regional and state championships in Wrestling 3A/4A (the first since 1972). Other notable alumni include Maryland attorneys John Lally, Dawn Veltman, Marnitta King, and author/professor J. Madison Davis '69. Younger brother Thomas Preston Davis '71 (PG cross country and two mile champion), US Navy trauma surgeon, oversaw care for all of the survivors of the USS Cole bombing upon their return from Yemen. Abdul Kallon '86 is a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.