Paint Branch High School

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Paint Branch High School
14121 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, Maryland, 20866
United States
Motto Excellence Through Effort
Established 1969 (1969) (rebuilt 2012)
Status Active
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal Myriam A. Rogers
Grades 9-12
Color(s) dark maroon and Vegas gold
Mascot Panthers
Nickname PBHS
Newspaper The Main Stream

Paint Branch High School is a high school located in Burtonsville, an unincorporated section of Montgomery County, Maryland.

It is named after the Paint Branch creek. The school was founded in 1969 and is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools System. The school lies on Old Columbia Pike, between Briggs Chaney and Greencastle Road. The school's address is 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866.

Paint Branch, once a rural high school now deep in the heart of suburban sprawl, is a member of the Northeast Consortium schools in Montgomery County. As a member of the Consortium, the school's signature program focuses on Science and Media education. The panther is the school's mascot, and the school song is 'Hail to the Panthers', which is sung to the tune of 'Hail to the Redskins'. The school's colors are burgundy and gold, also the same as the Washington Redskins.


Ms. Jeanette Dixon became principal of Paint Branch in July of 2001. Ms. Dixon is a graduate of American University (BA History) and Loyola College (M. Ed Administration and Supervision). Prior to becoming principal at Paint Branch, Ms. Dixon served as the principal of White Oak Middle School for four years. Ms. Dixon’s achievements include the implementation of the following programs at Paint Branch: Rebecca F. Baber Academy of Finance Program; NJROTC Program; $1.4 million Smaller Learning Communities Grant(shared with Blake HS); Expansion of the Signature Program, directed by Brian Eichenlaub, with the addition of the Radio Program and Pharmacy Program; and guiding the modernization process for the new Paint Branch High School which was completed in 2012. Ms. Dixon won a number of awards including: the first NAACP-MCPS Outstanding Principal Award, in 2009, Maryland PTA Education of the Year Award in 2011, and in 2012, the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.


  • Mark Nejako - 1969-1979
  • Steve Dickoff - 1979-1988
  • Edward Shirley - 1988-1992
  • Rebecca Newman - 1992-1995
  • Fred Lowenbach - 1995-2001
  • Jeanette Dixon - 2001-2013[1]
  • Myriam Rogers - 2013-present


The Panthers have fielded a total of 21 state championship athletic teams, including Girls Basketball (1979, 1980, 2001, 2008), Baseball (1976, 1979, 1990, 1991), Boys' Basketball (1977, 2000), Wrestling (1978, 2001), Boys' Cross-Country (1973, 1974), Boys' Track and Field (Indoor 2003, Outdoor 2003), Girls' Track and Field (Indoor 2009, Outdoor 1989), Field Hockey (2009), Softball (1987), and Football (1975).

Notable alumni[edit]

The Paint Branch Hall of Fame was established in 2002 by Principal Jeanette Dixon to recognize and honor staff and alumni who have made outstanding contributions to Paint Branch High School.[citation needed]


  • Awarded the "Blue Ribbon Award" in 2000[3][4]
  • Awarded a "New American High School Award" from the United States Department of Education in 2000[5]

New building[edit]

A new building is now established in the location that the woods next to the football field once occupied. As the only school at that time without a new building, Paint Branch High School was guaranteed a new building when it was asked to enter the Northeast Consortium back in 1998. The new building was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010, but budget shortfalls pushed that date until April 2012, resulting in the class of 2013 being the first class to graduate from the new building. Hess Construction Co. was awarded the contract to build the new school. Hess Construction Co. is also the builder of the Kenmore Middle School in Arlington County, Virginia. Staff moved into the new building June 18, 2012.

The old Paint Branch building, originally scheduled to be torn down in the summer of 2012 was torn down in October 2012. Sports fields were completed by the 2013-2014 school year.


  1. ^ Rose, Kara (30 May 2013). "Paint Branch High principal leaves behind a legacy". Washington Post  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Struck Down, Clark's 'Response' Has Been Uplifting
  3. ^ "Paint Branch High School is Designated a National Blue Ribbon School and a New American High School". Montgomery County Public Schools. 22 May 2000. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Sara K. Taylor (26 May 2000). "Red-letter day for Paint Branch: School wins national award". Gazette.Net. The Gazette. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Hon. Constance A. Morella (16 October 2000). "CONGRATULATING PAINT BRANCH HIGH SCHOOL ON BEING DESIGNATED A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE AND A NEW AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL". Congressional Record Online. House Of Representatives, Washington, DC: Government Printing Office. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 

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