Park School of Baltimore
|The Park School of Baltimore|
|2425 Old Court Rd
Baltimore, MD, 21208
|Head of school||Daniel Paradis|
|Average class size||15|
|Campus size||Over 100 acres|
The Park School of Baltimore is a private, co-educational K-12 school located in Brooklandville, Maryland, USA, just north of the city of Baltimore. The campus lies to the south of Old Court Road in Baltimore County. Park School's current enrollment is about 880 students.
Founded in 1912 by a group of parents, primarily social and educational progressives in Baltimore's German Jewish community, the school enlisted Hans Froelicher, Sr., a professor of German languages at Goucher College, to devise an educational plan for the school. Professor Froelicher lured Eugene Smith, a well-known progressive educator and associate of philosopher John Dewey, to become the first headmaster. Park's original site on Auchentroly Terrace near Druid Hill Park gave the school its name. The city's public park provided students with outdoor experiences and hands-on learning activities espoused by leading progressives of the era. In 1917 the school moved to the west, to a set of three buildings on Liberty Heights Avenue. Keeping its avowedly nonsectarian philosophy and liberal reputation, the school followed the migration of suburban life in Baltimore and in 1959 moved to its present location on 90 acres (360,000 m2) just inside the I-695 Beltway. Enrollment has expanded along with the facility in recent years. A new Math and Science wing, a new visual and dramatic Arts wing, and a new Athletic Center have been added to the existing campus.
- Laura Amy Schlitz, librarian and storyteller. She is the winner of the 2008 Newbery Medal for her children's book entitled Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village . The monologues in this book were written by Laura for the 5th Grade curriculum.
- Edward Witten ('68), a mathematical physicist and one of the leading researchers in String Theory.
- Guy Blakeslee ('99) a.k.a. Entrance (musician), a musician currently signed to Tee Pee Records.
- Members of the experimental music group Animal Collective: Josh Dibb ('96) a.k.a. Deakin, David Portner ('97) a.k.a. Avey Tare, and Brian Weitz a.k.a. Geologist ('97).
- Anand Wilder ('00) and Chris Keating ('00), members of the experimental music group Yeasayer.
- Josh Tyrangiel ('90), editor of Bloomberg Business Week and former Deputy Managing Editor of Time Magazine
- Jane Frank ('37) (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918–1986) artist (as a child, her name was Jane Babette Schenthal)
- Penny Johnson Jerald ('78), actress, appeared in Fox television show 24 (TV series) as the president's wife, Sherry Palmer.
- Robert Austrian ('34), developer of the pneumonia vaccine.
- Tom Rothman ('72), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment (The parent company of Twentieth Century Fox).
- Walt Handelsman ('75), Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist (1997 & 2007).
- Julius Westheimer ('29), Financial advisor, television and radio personality.
- Steve Krulevitz ('69), Professional tennis player, was ranked #42 in the world and a member of the Israeli Davis Cup team.
- Jeffrey Alfred Legum ('59), President and CEO of The Park Circle Motor Company.