Fort Hill High School

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Fort Hill
High School
Fort Hill High School, exterior.jpg
500 Greeway Avenue
Cumberland, Maryland 21502
United States
Coordinates 39°38′39″N 78°44′55″W / 39.64417°N 78.74861°W / 39.64417; -78.74861Coordinates: 39°38′39″N 78°44′55″W / 39.64417°N 78.74861°W / 39.64417; -78.74861
School type Public high school
Motto Deeds, not words
Established 1936
School district Allegany County Public Schools
Oversight Maryland Department of Education
Principal Joe Carter
Grades 9-12
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red and white
Athletics conference AMAC
Mascot Sentinels
Feeder schools Washington Middle School

Fort Hill High School is a four-year public high school in Cumberland, Maryland, United States, with about 900 students in grades 9 through 12.[1]


Fort Hill High School was constructed as a result of Public Works Administration funding, a New Deal Program of the Franklin Roosevelt administration. The Great Depression of the 1930s created a national unemployment rate of 25%. Two New Deal programs were the Public Works Administration and the Works Progress Administration. Constitution Park and Greeway Avenue Stadium fell under the jurisdiction of the WPA while larger public buildings, like Fort Hill High School, came under the authority of the PWA guidelines.

New Deal funding relating to Fort Hill was initiated in November 1934 and September 1935, when the PWA committed federal funds not to exceed $230,000. The project was labeled PWA Docket #7323. Other sources brought the total amount pledged for the school to $600,000. Bids were submitted to local officials.

On April 5, 1936, it was announced that George Hazelwood, local contractor, had the lowest bid at $557,809. The initial contract did not provide funding for the auditorium, so the superintendent of schools was authorized to investigate the possibilities of requesting an increase in the grant from the PWA. Subcontractors were William M. Clark of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and Sterling Electric Company of Cumberland, Maryland.

A discussion ensued concerning the naming of the new school - suggested names were Queen City High School, Potomac High School, Fort and Hill High School and Fort Hill High School. The Board of Education of Allegany County unanimously decided upon the name Fort Hill High School on August 12, 1936. The "Fort" reference was derived from a Civil War skirmish at Nave's Crossroad often referred to as the Battle of Folck's Mill. The high ground above the mill was fortified by Union troops against Confederate forces.

When Fort Hill opened, it had 1763 students and 88 teachers. Mr. Heisey was the first principal. Subjects included English, Mathematics, French, Latin, History, Home Economics, Physical Education, Industrial Arts, and Journalism. Music was taught to seventh and eighth graders, who were also located here. Assemblies were held every week, with the junior high and senior high alternating weeks.

Margaret Smith, part of the first group of students, suggested "Res, Non Verba" as the school motto. The Latin phrase translates into "Deeds, Not Words" and is still the school motto.

The school has undergone renovations and additions. In 1980 a gymnasium was built adjacent to the original facility. The entire building underwent a major renovation in 1991-92 with the additions of a music wing, greenhouse, and art rooms. Part of the renovation was a courtyard with its multiple features including classrooms, a playground, and patio with picnic tables.



The school gymnasium is used for league basketball.

Greenway Avenue Stadium, located at the school, was constructed in the 1930s by the Public Works Administration as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal and was built for the high school as Fort Hill Stadium. The stadium, since renamed as Greenway Avenue stadium and shared with Allegany High School, is considered to be an historic landmark. A $7 million renovation project to update and expand the 70-year-old facility has been completed.[2]


The school has won more than 33 Maryland state championships in a variety of sports:[3][citation needed]

  • Boys basketball: 1938, 1939, 1948, 1949, 1958
  • Boys cross country: 1995, 1997
  • Football: 1975, 1997, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Boys track: 1947, 1949–1952, 1954, 1962, 1964, 1998, 2004
  • Volleyball: 1950, 1953, 1954, 2013
  • Girls softball 2008
  • Girls basketball 2008

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Fort Hill High School, Great Schools
  2. ^ 2007 Bond Bill Fact Sheet: Greenway Avenue Stadium, State of Maryland. Accessed June 20, 2007.
  3. ^ Fort Hill Athletics 2005-2006, Fort Hill High School. Accessed June 15, 2007. Archived October 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Rebeca Arthur, Western Maryland Public Libraries. Accessed October 10, 2007.
  5. ^ James Fanto Deetz Archived February 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., Minnesota State University. Accessed June 15, 2007. "In 1948 James Deetz graduated from Fort Hill High School, in Cumberland Maryland."
  6. ^ Burke, Mike. "'It was just a blast playing for him'", The Edmond Sun, February 12, 2007. Accessed June 15, 2007. "In 1974, Manges was the recipient of the Dapper Dan Club’s Top Award after being named a high school All-American quarterback while playing for Fort Hill."

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