Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts

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Patapsco High School and Center For The Arts
Motto Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Envision the Future
Established 1963
Type Public Secondary
Principal Craig Reed
Asst. Principal Emily Caster, Heather Wooldridge, Darrell Wheeler
Students 1,469[1]
Grades 9–12
Location Dundalk, Maryland, USA
District Baltimore County Public Schools
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; Maryland State Department of Education
Campus Suburban

Red, White and Blue

Mascot Patriot
Newspaper The Colonial

Patapsco High School and Center For The Arts is a public high school in the United States, located in Dundalk in Baltimore County, Maryland, near Baltimore.

About the School[edit]

Patapsco is located in the suburban community of Dundalk, in southeastern Baltimore County. The school boundaries include the north side of Wise Avenue, Langport Rd., Inverness Rd., and North Boundary Road. The building and adjacent fields occupy an entire city block in the Gray Haven neighborhood, just north of the West Inverness neighborhood. Built in 1963, the single story building has a maximum capacity of 2000 students. The serving area of Patapsco borders the serving areas of Sparrows Point High School to the south and west, as well as Dundalk High School to the east. In addition, students from throughout Baltimore County may also apply to the magnet programs, which include, Visual Arts, Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Theatre Tech, and Vocal Music.


The current graduation rate for the school is 85%.[2] Enrollment at the school is currently leveling off at just under 1500, down from a 19-year high of 1650 in 2006.[1]

Magnet Program[edit]

Patapsco incorporated a performing and visual arts magnet in 1995, and has since become a leader in the state for its programs in vocal and instrumental music, performance and technical theatre, dance, and visual art. Students are required to audition for these magnet programs the year prior to attending. Patapsco was recently one of five schools in the nation to be awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence in Arts Education. The individual programs have also won numerous awards and championships locally, regionally, and nationally.


The sports program at Patapsco High School has been led by the success of the boys' baseball team. During the 2008 baseball season they were 3A State Runner Ups. After making their Cinderella run by defeating many top notch teams, they were defeated by La Plata High School at Ripken Stadium. The Head Coach for that team was Tony Maggard with the help of assistant coaches, Brian Rogers and Mark Planamente. This was the furthest that any Patriot sports team has gone in the recent history of Patapsco.[3]


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Coordinates: 39°15′54″N 76°29′11″W / 39.26496°N 76.48652°W / 39.26496; -76.48652