Arundel High School

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Arundel High School
1001 Annapolis Road
Gambrills, Maryland
United States
Coordinates 39°4′27.34″N 76°40′49.31″W / 39.0742611°N 76.6803639°W / 39.0742611; -76.6803639Coordinates: 39°4′27.34″N 76°40′49.31″W / 39.0742611°N 76.6803639°W / 39.0742611; -76.6803639
Type Public secondary
Motto "Arundel PRIDE"
Established 1854
Principal Gina Davenport[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,021 (September 2014)[2]
Hours in school day 7:17am – 2:05pm[3]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Kelly Green and White
Mascot Wildcats
Rival South River High School Seahawks
Newspaper Spectrum
Yearbook Panorama

Arundel High School is a public high school located in the Annapolis suburb of Gambrills in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.[4]

The school is part of the Anne Arundel County Public School system, and is the primary high school for Gambrills and portions of the Odenton and Crofton areas.[5] Originally, the school was the Anne Arundel Academy, a prestigious one-room private school founded in 1854.[6][7] That institution became Arundel High School in 1926.[8] It is one of the oldest public high schools in the country, and the oldest mainstream public school in the state of Maryland.[9] The current school building was built in 1949 and first occupied in 1950, with additions in 1966, 1985, and 2008. Due to high scores in academics, and their good athletics (most notably the football team), Arundel High School has a great reputation in the state of Maryland, and is known as one of the best high schools in Anne Arundel County and the state of Maryland. In 2013, Arundel was ranked as one of the top 20 high schools in Maryland and one of the top 1,000 in the Country by Newsweek.[10] Arundel High School's rival school is South River High School.[11][12]



Arundel High School's September enrollments, 2004 – present:

Year Students
2015 2,043[13]
2014 2,021[2]
2013 1,963[14]
2012 1,949[15]
2011 1,972[16]
2010 1,887[17]
2009 1,910[18]
2008 1,942[19]
2007 1,993[20]
2006 2,090[21]
2005 2,060[21]
2004 1,973[21]

Arundel High School gathers students from two middle schools in mid-western Anne Arundel County: Arundel Middle, and Crofton Middle (partial).[22] All students who live in the district for Arundel Middle go on to Arundel High. However, students who live in the district for Crofton Middle may or may not attend Arundel High, depending on their elementary school district. Students in the districts of Crofton Elementary School, portions of Crofton Meadows Elementary School,[23] and Nantucket Elementary School attend Crofton Middle School and then Arundel High School, but students in the districts of Crofton Woods Elementary and Crofton Meadows Elementary attend Crofton Middle School and then South River High School. This reassignment of Crofton Woods and Crofton Meadows from Arundel High to South River High – causing the middle school population to split after 8th grade – was approved by the AACPS Board of Education on March 18, 1998.

Best Buddies[edit]

Students at Arundel High School can join a program called "Best Buddies." Best Buddies is a program where general education students get involved with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Arundel's Best Buddies chapter raised the most money in the 2010–2011 school year. Arundel High School was also named Maryland's Best Buddies high school of the year for the 2013–2014 school year.[24]

PRIDE Period[edit]

At Arundel the lunch break, known as "PRIDE Period," consists of two 35-minute blocks during which students must remain in supervised locations to eat, study, visit teachers, etc. Students must plan their week's lunch block locations on Monday morning. Most of the school's club gatherings are during this time as well. This is a 2015 modification of the original "Wildcat Hour," started in 2008, which was later adopted and personalized by many other schools in the county, such as Old Mill High School and South River High School.[25]


  • Best Buddies
  • Arundel Improv. (S.W.A.T)
  • Arundel Theatre/Drama Company
  • National Honor Society
  • La Sociéte Honoraire de Français (National French Honors Society) - Arundel Chapter
  • Seeking Smiles
  • D.I.Y. Club
  • Latino Club
  • Invisible Children
  • Key Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance (G.S.A)
  • Green Team (Environmental Club)
  • Diversity Club
  • Student Government Association (S.G.A)
  • Step Up
  • Interact
  • Anime Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dissection Club
  • Newspaper Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Men's Choir
  • Women's Choir
  • Band
  • Chamber Choir
  • Concert Choir
  • Barbershop Quartet
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Science National Honor Society


Popular culture[edit]

On October 6, 2011, former Governor Martin O'Malley and first lady joined Cartoon Network's President and COO Stuart Snyder, Ali Sepasyar and Jackson Rogow, hosts of Cartoon Network's "Dude, What Would Happen," Facebook's Joel Kaplan, and Maryland education leaders and parents at an assembly at Arundel High School to discuss and take the pledge to end bullying with Arundel freshman students, and promoting Cartoon Network's "Speak Up" campaign. The assembly at Arundel was also featured in a television program Cartoon Network aired in 2012 about people's bullying stories and the "Speak Up" campaign.[27]

On April 13, 2012, Tina Meier, mother of Meghan Meier, a 13-year-old who committed suicide in 2006 over cyber bullying came to Arundel for an assembly held discussing her daughter's story, and raise awareness of bullying to students.[28]

During March 2015, Arundel High School's Signature Program viewed a historical film called "Selma," which spurred an article concerning multiple opinions from Arundel students on the idea that racism is still prevalent in today's youth.

Notable graduates[edit]



2010 Regular Season[edit]

On September 11, 2010, Arundel was ranked #315 in the nation and #1 in Maryland's 4A division by[44]


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