Maryland School for the Deaf

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Maryland School for the Deaf
Maryland School for the Deaf, a view of Ely Building for both Middle School and High School, Oct 19 2012.jpeg
Frederick, Maryland, United States
Coordinates 39°24′31″N 77°24′38″W / 39.40861°N 77.41056°W / 39.40861; -77.41056Coordinates: 39°24′31″N 77°24′38″W / 39.40861°N 77.41056°W / 39.40861; -77.41056
Type Public
Established 1868
Superintendent James E. Tucker
Executive Associate Jennifer Lake
Faculty 100+
Grades K-12
Number of students 420+
School color(s) Orange and Black         
Mascot Orioles
Hessian Barracks
Hessian Barracks MD1.jpg
Hessian Baracks at the Maryland School for the Deaf
Maryland School for the Deaf is located in Maryland
Maryland School for the Deaf
Location 242 S. Market St., Frederick, Maryland
Coordinates 39°24′32.6″N 77°24′34.6″W / 39.409056°N 77.409611°W / 39.409056; -77.409611
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1780
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 71000373[1]
Added to NRHP January 25, 1971

The Maryland School for the Deaf is a school that provides free public education to Deaf and hard-of-hearing Maryland residents, from birth to age 18.


The School was established at Frederick, Maryland in 1868 (Chapter 247, Acts of 1867; Chapter 409, Acts of 1868). The original buildings for the school were the Hessian Barracks, used during the Revolutionary War to detain Hessian mercenaries who were hired by the British. The buildings were used by Lewis and Clark to store supplies before their famous expedition began.[2]


At the Frederick campus, the School offers both academic and life-based education leading to a Maryland high school diploma or a Maryland School for the Deaf diploma. In English and American Sign Language (ASL), the School teaches communications skills, including speech and speech reading, fingerspelling, and auditory training; and the use of individual hearing aids. It also offers a broad athletic and physical education program, as well as social and recreational activities.

Maryland School for the Deaf's High School offers several Advanced Placement classes as well as Honors courses which are taught in American Sign Language. Students take a variety of classes including American Government, History, Spanish, English, Biology, Algebra, Chemistry, etc. as well as a variety of elective courses. in 2007, MSD students passed the state exams (High School Assessments or HSAs) at a higher rate than their hearing counterparts. Students work on many academic skills at MSD such as English and ASL grammar, reading strategies using as well as high level math and science. MSD is a competitor in the Academic Bowl and were the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 Regional Champions. They also compete in various math and science competitions and generally place in the top five.


Maryland School for the Deaf is also a residential school. It has dormitories where students reside throughout the week. Students arrive on Monday and depart on Fridays. Dormitories are for students who live far enough not to be able to travel by bus every day to school. There are dormitories for male and female students: Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Maryland School for the Deaf's residential programs offers After School Program ( ASP ) activities.


Sports are immensely popular as an after-school activity. Both campuses have athletic fields and regulation sized basketball and volleyball courts. Each of the campuses has an indoor swimming pool.

Middle and High School students participate in organized leagues and compete against public schools, private schools, and schools for deaf and hard of hearing students. MSD teams compete in national tournaments in various sports. MSD students are frequent competitors in the Deaflympics, and MSD coaches are often invited to coach the U.S. teams. Current MSD sports are...

Sports National Deaf Prep Championships
Football 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Volleyball 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Wrestling 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011
Basketball - Girls 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010
Basketball - Boys 1993, 1994, 2007, 2010, 2011
Cross Country - Girls 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
Cross Country - Boys 1986, 1987
Track & Field - Girls 1985, 1988, 2002, 2003
Track & Field - Boys 1986, 1987
Baseball 2005
Softball 2008, 2010, 2011
Academic Bowl 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012

More on National Championships


Established in 1868, the Frederick Campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf enrolls deaf and hard-of-hearing students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (Chapter 247, Acts of 1867; Chapter 409, Acts of 1868). For young children (from birth to age five) and their families, the Campus also provides language skill development.

At the Frederick campus, about thirty percent of enrolled students live on campus weeknights during the school year (late August through early June). Residential halls are staffed by student life counselors who supervise students and coordinate after school programming, such as intramural games, field trips, swimming, and hiking. Checkers, a 1950s style diner located on the Frederick campus, is student staffed and gives middle and high school students a place to meet friends, watch movies, buy snacks, and play pool and Foosball. Checkers is decorated mainly with red, black and white colors relating to Checkers (game) and 1950s diner colors. Checker's sparkly red booths give Checkers an exquisite 1950's feel. The snack bar provides various choices of sweets, chips and drinks. They also provide hot foods such as french fries, hot dogs, mozzarella cheese sticks and etc. Not only that students go to Checkers to relax and socialize, they have an opportunity to gain experience by working for Checkers as a cashier or cook.

The Maryland State High School Diploma or the Maryland School for the Deaf Diploma is awarded to each graduating senior, and many graduates pursue higher education degrees. Vocational or technical training, and vocational rehabilitation services are available to help other graduates secure employment.

Ely Building (1972-Present): Middle School and High School 6-12 Veditz Building (1974-Present): CTE, Study Work and LBE High School New Elementary Building (2009-Present): K-5 New Cafeteria (2011-Present)


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, page 38 (illustration) and page 39 (PDF)(PDF)