St. Paul's School (Brooklandville, Maryland)

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St. Paul's School
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Veritas et Virtus
Truth and Virtue
Location
Brooklandville, MD, USA
Information
Type Private, Day
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1849
Sister school St. Paul's School for Girls
Headmaster David C. Faus
Faculty 105
Grades K12
Gender Coed (K-4)
Boys (5-12)
Enrollment 866 total
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Campus Suburban, 64 acres (260,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue      and Gold     
Athletics conference MIAA
Mascot Crusader
Rival Boys' Latin
Newspaper 'The Page'
Website

St. Paul's School is an independent K-12 college-preparatory school in Brooklandville, Maryland (a suburb of Baltimore), located on a 64-acre (0.26 km2) rural campus in the Green Spring Valley, about ten miles (16 km) north of the city of Baltimore. St. Paul's was founded in 1849 at Old St. Paul's Parish in Baltimore City by Reverend William Edward Wyatt. Throughout its history, St. Paul's has moved its campus five times, finally residing at the current grounds in Brooklandville. The focal point building on the Brooklandville campus is Brooklandwood, a mansion built in 1793 by Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]

Today, St. Paul's is co-ed through the fourth grade, but all-male from fifth through twelfth grade. Its sister school St. Paul's School for Girls is located on an adjacent campus, with the schools sharing in some foreign language and elective classes.

Academics[edit]

Early years[edit]

From the time of its founding, St. Paul’s School pursued a demanding curriculum. In the nineteenth century, boys studied Greek, Latin, and math. The practice of church music was also given high priority, starting with the creation of the Men and Boys’ Choir of Old St. Paul’s Church in 1873.

Today[edit]

St. Paul's offers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum for students in the Upper School (grades 9-12). 100% of each graduating class matriculates to a four-year college.

The St. Paul's academic experience is known for its excellent faculty, small class sizes, collegial student-teacher relationships and strong focus on the liberal arts. The school recently established an IB Diploma Program to further enrich a curriculum of Advanced Placement and Honors courses. St. Paul's is the only independent school for boys in Maryland that offers students the opportunity to study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

The arts also make up an important element of St.Paul's identity. Courses offered include theater, concert chorale, digital arts, and visual arts. Many of the art classes are cross-registered with the neighboring St. Paul's School for Girls.

Athletics[edit]

St. Paul's places a strong emphasis on athletics. Despite the school's small class sizes of roughly 70 students per class year, the school supports varsity teams in football, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, wrestling, swimming, basketball, ice hockey, squash, tennis, crew, golf, baseball and, perhaps most notably, lacrosse, for which St. Paul's has repeatedly been one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.[2]

Varsity lacrosse[edit]

St. Paul's lacrosse program has one of the richest histories in the nation. Since its inception in 1933, the Crusaders have won 25 MSA/MIAA titles — more than any other team in the conference. Most recently, St. Paul's defeated longtime rival Boys' Latin 17-7 in the 2010 MIAA Conference Championship game at Towson University's Unitas Stadium. St. Paul's has produced 12 C. Markland Kelly Award winners, which honors the top player in the state of Maryland each year. St. Paul's has also produced 22 high school All-Americans and 21 graduates in the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, in addition to producing more college All-Americans than any other program in the country.

St. Paul's claimed its first Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) lacrosse title in 1940 under head coach Howdy Myers. St. Paul's would dominate the next two decades in the MSA winning the title 14 times. During this stretch, many college programs would schedule scrimmages against St. Paul's in the early spring. In 1947, St. Paul's beat Princeton University twice, the first coming in a preseason scrimmage in Princeton, New Jersey and the second a scheduled game at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field. During this period, St. Paul's posted five undefeated seasons, four under Howdy Myers, and another in 1951 while Jim Adams was the head coach. The fabled 1969 Crusader team, coached by legendary George Mitchell, went undefeated and is considered one of the best in history. The 1992 St. Paul's team also went undefeated, winning a MSA championship under coach Mitch Whiteley. In 2010, St. Paul's won the conference championship, the 25th in school history, under current head coach Rick Brocato.

Traditions[edit]

Since 1935, the St. Paul's Honor Council has been run by a small group of upperclassmen who are elected by the student body. The council adjudicates issues related to the school's honor code---a codification of principals of student conduct and a reflection of the school motto, Veritas et Virtus, truth and virtue.

Each year, the entire St. Paul's community returns for one day to the site of its founding at Old St. Paul's Parish in downtown Baltimore for the annual Lessons and Carols celebrations, a tradition originating in the Anglican community, most notably at King's College, Cambridge. Students from all years participate in the day-long festivities.

The first alumni association was founded in 1894. Today, St. Paul's has an active alumni membership of over 2,500. Each year, the alumni association plays host to a number of events that bring alums back to campus, such as the bull roast dinner, which is an annual highpoint.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Hein, David. "The Founding of the Boys' School of St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore." Maryland Historical Magazine 81 (1986): 149-59.
  • Hein, David. "Christianity and Honor." The Living Church, August 18, 2013, pp. 8-10.
  • Otterbein, Angelo F. We Have Kept the Faith : The First 150 Years of the Boys' School of St. Paul's Parish, 1849-1999. Brooklandville, Md.: St. Paul's School, 1999.

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Coordinates: 39°25′36″N 76°40′09″W / 39.4266°N 76.6693°W / 39.4266; -76.6693