Damascus High School

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Damascus High School
25921 Ridge Road


United States
Coordinates39°16′56″N 77°12′38″W / 39.28222°N 77.21056°W / 39.28222; -77.21056Coordinates: 39°16′56″N 77°12′38″W / 39.28222°N 77.21056°W / 39.28222; -77.21056
Other nameDHS
TypePublic high school
MottoStay Humble
School districtMontgomery County Public Schools
NCES School ID240048001455[1]
PrincipalKevin Yates
Teaching staff76.00 (on a FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,271 (2017-2018)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.72[1]
Color(s)Green and Gold   
NicknameSwarmin' Hornets
RivalsQuince Orchard High School and Clarksburg High School
NewspaperThe Buzz

Damascus High School (DHS) is a public high school in Damascus, Maryland, United States. It is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools district.


Damascus High School was built in 1950 and renovated in 1978.[2]


The Damascus football team won the Maryland 3A state title in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019, a run that included a state record 53-game winning streak.[3] Damascus also won a 3A title in 2007 and 4A titles in 2003 and 2005.[4] Damascus won four previous state football championships in 1981, 1992, 1993 and 1996.[5]

In 2019, the football program came under scrutiny, after it was discovered that four players on the team were raped by teammates with broomsticks as part of a hazing ritual within the program. The school's administration waited 12 hours after learning about the rapes before contacting the police.[6] The team members who were accused were initially tried as adults[7] before having their cases moved to juvenile court. As a result, the outcome of the case and what punishment, if any, the youths faced is unknown.[8] A lawsuit alleging that the school negligently allowed to rapes to occur is still ongoing.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - Damascus High (240048001455)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Lewis, Kevin (November 12, 2013). "MCPS crumbling from within, say parents and students". WJLA.
  3. ^ Melnick, Kyle (December 5, 2019). "Damascus returns to the mountaintop, walks off with Md. 3A state title". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Mike Loveday; Sheldon Shealer (December 31, 2009). "The top 5 programs of the decade in Maryland high school football". ESPNRise.
  5. ^ Jones, Jackie (March 18, 2000). "Suburbia Encroaches on a Small Country Town". The Washington Post. p. H1.
  6. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/a-football-locker-room-a-broomstick-and-a-sex-assault-case-roil-a-school/2019/03/29/01500f30-2fc8-11e9-8ad3-9a5b113ecd3c_story.html
  7. ^ https://www.fox5dc.com/news/4-charged-as-adults-in-alleged-damascus-high-school-broomstick-hazing-incident-released-on-bond
  8. ^ https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/courts/court-proceedings-conclude-in-two-damascus-locker-room-rape-cases-report-says/
  9. ^ https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/schools/damascus-high-rape-case-moved-to-federal-court/
  10. ^ Wilson, Aaron (April 21, 2015). "Appalachian State cornerback Joel Ross invited to Ravens' local prospect day today, sources say". Baltimore Sun.
  11. ^ Singer-Bart, Susan (June 9, 2010). "Damascus High grads: Farewell, for now". The Gazette. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010.
  12. ^ Giblin, John (November 6, 1999). "Born to Lead". Daily Collegian.

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