Friendly High School
|Friendly High School|
|10000 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, Maryland 20744
|School district||Prince George's County Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr Raynah Adams|
|Average class size||1:31|
|Color(s)||Blue and Red|
|Rivals||Oxon Hill High School|
Isaac J Gourdine Middle SchoolEugene Burroughs Middle School
|Website||Friendly High School|
Friendly High School is a public high school in Fort Washington, Maryland in Prince George's County, a county in the state of Maryland in the United States of America. The school's first classes began in 1970 with 10th, and 11th and 12th grades. In 1987 the first 9th grade class was added at that point the high school had 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades and Jr. high schools were then renamed Middle Schools and consisted of 7th and 8th grades. The first seniors graduated in 1972.
In 2009 Sheryl Cashin said in The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream that Friendly High was one of several mostly black, mostly middle class PG County public high schools that was "decidedly underachieving: fewer than half of the seniors at these schools went on to attend four-year colleges in recent years."
In the 80's Friendly was an equal mix of Caucasion, Black, as well as others minority's. During the 70's and 80's the student populations where upper middle class to middle class families. Graduation rates where extremely high and a majority of these students went on to achieve a 4 year college education.
The school has won State Championships in the sports of Basketball in 1998, 2003 and 2004, Football and, in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and in 2006 Indoor and Outdoor track. During the 2006 football season, the Patriots were undefeated, and ended their perfect season by winning the 3A state championship by beating River Hill High School on December 9, 2006 led by star quarterback Joe Haden. They also did the same in 1998 beating Eastern Technical High School. Won the state football championship in 1974 and 1978. In 1974, the team was led by running back Byron Stewart (Nebraska).
In 1996, the boys' basketball team took the 3A/2A/1A playoffs by storm winning the County Championship. After that they went on to win MD State Championship game beating City College high school of Baltimore, ending the season with a 13-15 record and being known as the Cinderella team of 1998
In 1997 thru 2000, the boys' basketball team won back-to-back-to-back county championship lead by lefty streaky shooter and Hall of Fame Tony Reid (Virginia State University), under the leadership of Coach Gerald Moore Jr.
Friendly High School has produced NBA and European professional basketball players Dickey Simpkins (Providence), Sam Young (Pitt), Jamal Shivers (Bowie State), Tony Reid (Virginia State University), and more. Calvin Tiggle class of 1987 played for Tampa Buckineers and went on to play for the Canadian Football League where the team won the equivalent of the super bowl (The Gray Cup), Robert Green class of 1988 played football for The Washington Redskins.
Friendly High School has won two Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships (1998 & 2006) under the leadership of coach George Early in football and (1998, 2006) under Coach Gerald Moore Jr in basketball.
In 2008 the baseball team had a resurgence, winning the County 3A/2A/1A title. That year they lost the County Championship game to a very talented Eleanor Roosevelt high school team.
Friendly High School is in a suburban area near Washington D.C. approximately 6 miles down Maryland Route 210.
- Martin Lawrence
- Joe Haden
- Leon Joe
- Dickey Simpkins
- Robert Green
- Dave Dorman
- Sam Young
- Brendan Munnerlyn
- George "Rick" Locke
- Calvin Tiggle, American Football & Canadian Football
- Roslyn (McCallister) Brock, NAACP Chairman