"Roll, Dons, Roll"
|500 Chestnut Avenue
Towson, Maryland, (Baltimore County), 21204-3704
|Type||Private, for boys and young men|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic, Jesuit|
|President||Mr. Anthony Day|
|Principal||Mr. John McCaul|
|Asst. Principal||Charles Levering|
|Chaplain||Rev. Joseph Michini, S.J.|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Slogan||Men for Others, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam|
|Song||Loyola Alma Mater|
|Fight song||"Come On You Dons to the Fight"|
|Sports||Lacrosse, Soccer, Football, Wrestling, Water Polo, Swimming, Squash, Tennis, Ice-Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Indoor Track, Track & Field, Golf, Rugby|
|Mascot||The Loyola Don|
|Publication||The Blakefield Magazine|
|Dean of Students||John Stewart|
|Athletic Director||Michael Keeney|
Loyola Blakefield, home of the Dons, is a Catholic, college preparatory school established by the Society of Jesus, to educate men for others. The ideal Loyola graduate is a man of integrity who, because he strives "to find God in all things," is open to growth, dedicated to academic excellence, religious, committed to diversity, and loving. Loyola Blakefield is located in Towson, Maryland.
In 1843, Archbishop Francis Kenrick asked the Jesuits to oversee the formation of a school for laymen that would incorporate the Jesuit standards of excellence and build new men conscious of a religious purpose. His request was prompted by the 1852 closure of nearby St. Mary's College. Construction of Loyola High School began on Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland in early 1852, and on September 15, 1852, the doors opened to young men.
In the early 1930s the growing and cramped high school began to look toward moving north of the city. In 1933, with the support of the Blake family, Loyola purchased the land known today as Blakefield in Towson, Maryland. In 1941, the students moved to the new campus. Between 1981 and 1988, a Middle School was gradually introduced, and in recognition of the two levels of education, Loyola High School officially became known as Loyola Blakefield.
Loyola Blakefield has seen many changes and enhancements these past few years, some of them striking, such as the construction of Knott Hall which houses the student commons and dining hall, athletic center, and alumni areas, the Burk Hall academic wing, the renovations to the 60-year-old science laboratories, and the construction of an additional section to Wheeler Hall.
The mission and philosophy remain the hallmarks of the Jesuit education at Blakefield, the benchmarks by which true educational success can be measured. There are over nine hundred students today at Loyola Blakefield in grades six through twelve.
Loyola Blakefield maintains a strong academic program, in keeping with Jesuit tradition. Among the Catholic schools in Baltimore it is the best in terms of its average graduating SAT scores, number of National Merit Finalists, AP exams taken, and other standard metrics of success. Loyola students frequently attend the nation's leading universities and undergraduate scholarship programs. Members of its alumni community have gone on to earn additional academic honors such as the Rhodes Scholarship.
While the curriculum, emphasizing liberal arts and holistic development, is standard for all students there is increasing flexibility in course selection as one moves from the sixth through the twelfth grades. Some extremely popular electives include Visual Arts, Classical Languages, History of Music, and a wide variety of AP courses.
The Loyola Forensics team is a standout club and team at the school. The team, which was led by English instructor Tom Durkin and is currently led by Science teacher Charles Donovan, was the champion of the National Catholic Forensic League in 2005, and repeated the feat in 2010. The team has also garnered great success on the state and district levels- having captured the state title for the majority of the past two decades and the Chesapeake District title in 2011.
The sports teams at Loyola Blakefield have been historically successful, most notably in football, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, rugby and cross-country. Loyola Blakefield competes in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) for all interscholastic sports; in addition to the MIAA, the basketball team is also a member of the Baltimore Catholic League.
The Loyola Blakefield football team also plays every Thanksgiving Day in one of the oldest continual national Catholic high school football rivalries against cross-town rival Calvert Hall College. The game, known as the Turkey Bowl, is held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Loyola has lost the last four contests by losing to Calvert Hall in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The game is broadcast on television and radio by WMAR-TV.
The Loyola lacrosse program is among the school's most recognized. The lacrosse team won eight championships in the 1980s and recently won championships in 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2013. In 2007, they defeated Boys' Latin 10-6 in the MIAA championship game. In 2008, they defeated previously undefeated Gilman 12-11 in the championship game at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium in front of over 8,000 spectators. Loyola has produced numerous players who have continued on to play collegiate lacrosse, including National Lacrosse Hall of Famer John Stewart, and Peter Kimmel. Recent alumni Matt Pinto and Tim Sullivan are now amongst a talented teaching staff.
The soccer program won the Maryland Championship in 2001 and has produced Division I talent. Loyola soccer is currently coached by Lee Tschantret, a former longtime player in the Major Indoor Soccer League who won several championships with the Baltimore Blast.
The Loyola basketball program reached regional prominence in the 1970s when it was led by head coach Jerry Savage, who won over 600 games from 1969 to 2003. He produced several Division I players. Savage also coached the 1997 MIAA Championship team, the last championship of any sort for the Dons basketball program. Loyola has been in the most Baltimore Catholic League finals with 13 total and 6 championships. More recently, the program had several disappointing seasons and experienced a four-year period with four different head coaches. Currently, Josh Davalli, a former All-Metro player at Cardinal Gibbons in the mid-90's, serves as varsity head coach while also teaching in the Middle School.
Loyola were MIAA champions in rugby for three consecutive years from 2008 to 2010.
- Tom Clancy, author
- Jim McKay, Emmy-winning Olympic sports caster and host of the Wide World of Sports
- Ephraim Francis Baldwin, architect for B&O Railroad.
- J. Joseph Curran, Jr., former Attorney General of Maryland
- Nathaniel Fick, former USMC captain and author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
- Jason La Canfora, NFL Network analyst
- Brendan Hines, actor in Fox's Lie to Me.
- James Cardinal Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary, former President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and former Archbishop of Denver
- Thomas F. Monteleone, author
- Bruce McGonnigal, former National Football League player
- Carl Stokes, member of the Baltimore City Council
- Bill Stromberg, College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver
- Bradley M. Kuhn, free software activist
- John Moag, former head of the Maryland Stadium Authority, was instrumental in bringing NFL football back to Baltimore
- Steele Stanwick, University of Virginia lacrosse player, recipient of the Tewaaraton Award
- Chris Stover, John Weiffenbach, and John Finnegan of the legendary hardcore band Void (band)
- Akira Fitzgerald, North American Soccer League player
- Mike Lookingland, Baltimore Blast soccer player
- Terence Garvin, current National Football League player for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- MIAA, Past MIAA Varsity Rugby Champions, http://www.miaasports.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=102&Itemid=55