Howard High School (Howard County, Maryland)

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Howard High School
Howard High School Sign.jpg
Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Address
8700 Old Annapolis Road
Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043
United States
Coordinates 39°13′35″N 76°48′45″W / 39.22639°N 76.81250°W / 39.22639; -76.81250Coordinates: 39°13′35″N 76°48′45″W / 39.22639°N 76.81250°W / 39.22639; -76.81250
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1952
School district Howard County Public School System
Superintendent Renee Foose
Principal Gina Massella
Enrollment 1725 (2014)
Color(s) Blue      and White     
Mascot Lion
Website
[1]
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Howard High School was opened in 1952.

Howard High School serves families from Ellicott City, Elkridge, and Columbia, Maryland and is part of the Howard County Public School System.

School History[edit]

In 1938, Howard county used WPA money and bus contracts to consolidate and close many one room schoolhouses into several central schools. Most of the county saw little school construction until after WWII. The School board recommended a single central high school for all white students in the entire county. By 1949, a state bond bill seemed eminent, and plans were refined for a central high school serving the first, second and sixth county districts.[2] A site was picked at the family farm of General Charles D. Gaither whose grandfather George R. Gaither once raised cavalry for J. E. B. Stuart onsite.[3][4] Bids were opened on 26 April 1951 with prices ranging from $838,000 to $683,000.[5] Four additional rooms were ordered in 1952 for an additional $30,000 in expenses. 12 additional acres were purchased from the Gaither family for $5,000, with board member Charles E. Miller contributing $2,500 for the land and demolition of the "colored house and corn crib" on the property.[6]


Five names were picked for the school. John Eager Howard High School, Charles Carroll of Carrollton High School, General Gaither High School, Edwin Warfield High School, and Howard County High School. The school opened as "Howard County Senior High School" in 1952. In 1954, Marie T Gaither offered 42 acres of adjoining land for $15,000 to expand the school grounds, which was denied by the school board.[7]

A highlight commencement was once attended by Supreme Court Justice, Tom C. Clark who arrived by helicopter.[8] The population is both culturally and economically diverse with over three quarters of the graduates enrolling in post-secondary institutions.

The reported demographics of the school as of the 2013-2014 academic school year:[9]

Ethnicity[edit]

  • White 56.2%
  • Asian 10.0%
  • Hispanic 6.1%
  • American Indian/Alaskan 0.3%
  • African American 19.8%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.2%
  • Two or more races 7.3%[10]

The school is boxed by Maryland Route 108, Maryland Route 104, and immediately southwest of Maryland Route 100 and is visible from the highway. It is located 11 miles outside of Baltimore.

Like all other Howard County high schools, Howard High has a yearlong schedule that provides students with the opportunity to earn seven credits. Currently the school has a schedule which includes 5 fifty minute classes per day, with a two-hour long(including 30 minutes of lunch) fourth period alternating between A day and B day so the students earn a total of 7 credits per year.

Student Population[edit]

Student population[11]
2015 1,725
2014 1,750
2010 2,023
2009 1,604
2008 1,500
2007 1,362
2006 1,332
2005 1,241
2004 1,270
2003 1,199
2002 1,174
2001 1,257
2000 1,249
1999 1,242
1998 1,142
1997 1,202
1996 1,682
1995 1,484
1994 1,335
1993 1,261

Renovation[edit]

The school under went extensive renovations in 2006.

At the opening of the 2006-2007 school year, Howard completed its renovations, which included a brand new cafeteria attached to an atrium, two new wings on opposite ends on the school, an auxiliary gym (in which the previous cafeteria was positioned), and a new track around the football field. The renovation also provided the Art and Science Department with a new state of the art Darkroom and several brand new laboratories. At the end of the same school year, Howard placed a brand new copper statue of a lion overlooking the Stadium Field.

Athletics[edit]

Howard High School Varsity Football has won the following championships & athletic accomplishments:[12]

  • 2014 - Class 4A Semifinalist
  • 2014 - Class 4A North Region Championship
  • 2014 - Howard County Championship
  • 2013 - Class 4A North Semifinalist
  • 2011 - Class 3A East Semifinalist
  • 2008 - Class 3A East Semifinalist
  • 2007 - Class 3A East Semifinalist
  • 1999 - Class 2A Semifinalist
  • 1999 - Howard County Championship
  • 1993 - Class 2A Quarterfinalist
  • 1975 - Class B Runner-up
  • 1975 - Howard County Championship
  • 1974 - Class B Championship
  • 1974 - Howard County Championship
  • 1973 - Howard County Championship

Howard High School has won the following state championships & athletic accomplishments:

  • 2007 - Girls' Cross Country
  • 2007 - Boys' Track & Field [13]
  • 2006 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 2006 - Girls' Cross County [14]
  • 1995 - Girls' Track & Field [15]
  • 1994 - Girls' Basketball [16]
  • 1992 - Girls' Track & Field
  • 1989 - Boys' Soccer [17]
  • 1989 - Boys' Indoor Track 2A-1A[18]
  • 1985 - Boys' Indoor Track BC
  • 1985 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1984 - Boys' Indoor Track BC
  • 1980 - Girls' Volleyball [19]

Notable alumni[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Howard High School PROFILE 2013-14". hcpss.org. hcpss. 
  2. ^ "1949 Board Minutes". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Seeking Freedom The History of the Underground Railroad in Howard County. p. 87. 
  4. ^ Maryland State Bar Association. Report of the Annual Meeting, Volume 27, Part 1922. p. 69. 
  5. ^ "1951 School Board Minutes". Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "1952 Board minutes". Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "1953 Board Minutes". Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "High School Celebrates Half-Century Of History; Alumni Recall When Howard Was New". The Washington Post. 14 November 2002. 
  9. ^ [1],
  10. ^ http://www.hcpss.org/schools/profiles/prof_hs_howard.pdf
  11. ^ Maryland State Department of Education
  12. ^ MPSSAA Fall Record Book (p. 29-38)
  13. ^ MPSSAA Boys Track & Field
  14. ^ MPSSAA Girls Cross Country
  15. ^ MPSAA Girls Track & Field
  16. ^ MPSSAA Girls Basketball
  17. ^ MPSSAA Boys Soccer
  18. ^ MPSSAA Boys Indoor Track
  19. ^ MPSSAA Girls Volleyball

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