Chopticon High School

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Chopticon High School
St. Mary's County, Maryland
Type Public Secondary
Motto Pride Inside
Established 1965
School district St. Mary's County Public Schools
Principal Mr. Garth Bowling Jr.
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,687 (2005–2006)
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red and Black
Athletics Southern Maryland Athletic Conference
Emblem Braves
Faculty 144 (2012–2013)

Coordinates: 38°21′35″N 76°42′21″W / 38.35973°N 76.70589°W / 38.35973; -76.70589 Chopticon High School is a public high school of 1,600+ students in grades 9–12. It offers college preparatory programs and programs that prepare students for business and technical occupations. It serves the community in the northern portion of St. Mary's County, Maryland, between the Potomac River and Patuxent River. The area is mainly rural communities, with a recent rise in suburban development. Many of the families are employed by NAS Patuxent River, government contractors, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St Mary's County government, and traditional agriculture and water-related businesses.

Chopticon High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education. Chopticon High School belongs to the St. Mary's County Public School System (or SMCPS) and is associated with two other county high schools: Great Mills High School and Leonardtown High School.

Chopticon High School Athletics belongs to the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, and competes in Maryland Division 3A in the state competitions. On March 24, 2014 the Chopticon varsity softball team ended the Northern varsity softball team's state record 77-game winning streak by a score of 5-3. The baseball team won the 2015 3A State Championship by defeating Mt. Hebron High School 1-0 in the championship game.

The high school made news in 2015 when, on May 20, several students broke in at 3:40 am and released 72,000 lady bugs throughout the school. The four students, who were seniors at the school, were charged with 4th degree burglary, property destruction under $1,000 and disruption of school activities.[1][2]

Chopticon High School was founded in 1965, as a replacement to Margaret Brent High School (founded in 1921 – now Margaret Brent Middle School).


Chopticon High School has a music program led by Mr. Todd Burroughs, Ms. Monica Cerkez, and Ms. Anne Karnbach.

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  1. ^ Jessica Goodell (May 25, 2015). "Ladybug senior prank leads to criminal charges". TheBayNet. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ WUSA 9 Staff (May 26, 2015). "Students release 72,000 ladybugs at Md. school for senior prank". MD News. WUSA 9. Retrieved May 26, 2015.