Glenelg High School

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Glenelg High School
Glenelg Sign.jpg
14025 Burntwoods Road
Glenelg, Maryland 21737
United States
Coordinates 39°16′31″N 77°00′07″W / 39.2752°N 77.0020°W / 39.2752; -77.0020Coordinates: 39°16′31″N 77°00′07″W / 39.2752°N 77.0020°W / 39.2752; -77.0020
Type Public high school
Opened 1958
School district Howard County Public Schools
Superintendent Michael J. Martirano
Principal David Burton
Grades 9–12
Hours in school day 7
Campus Rural
Campus size 22.78 acres (92,200 m2) [1]
School colour(s)

Red and grey (White and black are unofficial colors and not technically school colors.)

Mascot Gladiators
Nickname Big Red
Team name Gladiators; girls' teams are known as Lady Glads
Rival River Hill High School
Marriotts Ridge High School
Newspaper The Shield
Yearbook The Palindrome
Feeder schools Glenwood Middle School,
Folly Quarter Middle School

Glenelg High School is located in the western portion of Howard County, Maryland, United States. The second high school opened in Howard County (after Howard High School_, Glenelg opened its doors in 1958.[2] The school is named for Glenelg, a postal village named after Glenelg Manor, which in turn was named after the town of Glenelg, Scotland.[3]

The 22.79 acres of land for Glenelg was purchased from the Musgroves for in 1955 $9117.40.[4] Glenelg opened as Howard County public schools were converting in a phased-in approach from segregated schools to integrated, one grade per year.[5][6][7] A 1965 cross burning onsite was an indication of the strained race relations of the era.[8]

The building itself has gone through many changes over the years to cope with the growing population of the west side of Howard County, including a new drama/music wing, and most recently with the construction on a new science wing and an addition to the cafeteria.

Recently, both Glenelg High School and Glenwood Middle School were affected by a mold issue which required renovations to both schools. While Glenelg has not needed more renovations, after Glenwood suffered a fire early January of 2016, it was discovered that the mold issue was not solved and required more renovations.

The school is located just west of Maryland Route 32, south of Interstate 70, and east of Maryland Route 97.

Academic success[edit]

Glenelg High School has a current student body of just over 1200.

In 2011, Glenelg was ranked as the 743rd school in the nation by Newsweek's Top 1500 Schools list.[9]


Glenelg High School has won the following state championships and achievements:


  • 1983 - State Champions (first Howard County team to ever win State in baseball)
  • 1993 - State Champions
  • 1995 - State Champions
  • 1998 - State Champions
  • 1999 - State Champions[10]


  • 2001 - girls[11]
  • 2016 - girls

Field hockey[edit]

  • 2010 - fall
  • 2011 - fall
  • 2012 - fall
  • 2017 - fall


  • 1983 - boys cross-country State Champions, fall
  • 2007 - boys cross-country State Champions, fall


(added as a sport in 2005)

  • 2007

Ice hockey[edit]

  • 2010 - Maryland State Champions

Indoor track[edit]

  • 2005 - boys


  • 2005 - girls
  • 2007 - boys
  • 2008 - girls
  • 2008 - boys
  • 2011 - boys
  • 2016 - girls
  • 2017 - girls


  • 2009 - girls
  • 2008 - girls
  • 2007 - girls [12]
  • 1993 - boys
  • 1997 - boys[13]



  • 2008 - Tournament Champions
  • 2010 - Duel Champions

ELGARD bowl[edit]

The ELGARD bowl is an annual football game played between Glenelg and Howard High School, the two oldest high schools in Howard County. The bowl features the last three letters of each school's name in its title. The winner gets to keep the ELGARD statue, a bull, at their school for the year. Glenelg won the Elgard trophy in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Howard won in 2012. Glenelg reclaimed the ELGARD in 2013, but Howard brought the ELGARD back in 2014 due to late game heroics.

School spirit[edit]

Glenelg's school spirit includes the distinctive use of cowbells at sporting events, stemming from the high school's early history, when bells on the cows from the farm adjacent to the athletic fields could be heard during games. This is mainly practiced by the parents of graduating seniors on the football team or Marching Unit.

Bands and Marching Unit[edit]

Led by Christopher Winters, Glenelg's Marching Unit and Jazz and Symphonic Bands have earned superior ratings in all competitions for 42 years to date. Such competitions include annual and biannual competitions across the East Coast and in Europe. In March 2013, the symphonic band added to its own Howard County record by receiving all superior ratings from all four judges in the District 8 adjudication.[18] The Glenelg Marching Unit was selected to march in the 1984 Presidential Inauguration Parade, but the parade was cancelled due to severe cold weather.

Volunteers from the Symphonic Band regularly fill out Glenelg's Orchestra, Pit Band, and provide accompaniment for the chorus and madrigals during performances. Members of the symphonic band have also appeared at televised It's Academic competitions to show support for Glenelg's team.[19]

The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble has received over 60 awards in the past 15 years.[20] The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble is regarded as one of the best high school jazz ensembles across the state of Maryland and across the country. The ensemble has performed with acts such as Maynard Ferguson, the Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, etc. The ensemble has traveled to Europe many times in the past 30 years, most recently in 2013. The ensemble has been invited to perform at world-famous jazz festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, Holland, Jazz á Vienne in Lyon, France, Jazz à Juan in Juan-les-Pins, France, and the Jazzhaus in Freiburg, Germany.[20] The Jazz Ensemble was invited to travel to Europe in the summer of 2015.

The Silks Squad is led by Diane Bissell-Hodges. The Drill Team is led by Terry Newsome.


Glenelg's string orchestra is led by Kevin George. They have achieved superior ratings in every adjudication and competition since his introduction into the music program, and have dominated the majority of competitions with their full orchestra.


Glenelg's choral department includes the Madrigal Singers, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, and Concert Choir. Led by Ross Rawlings, they have received Superior and Excellent ratings at national festivals for over twenty years.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Glenelg's FIRST Robotics Team 888 is led and mentored by Dean Sheridan.[21] The team's alliance came in first in 2002 at the Western Michigan Regional and in 2007 at the Battle of Baltimore.

Glenelg's policy debate team was the first in Howard County history to attend the National Catholic Forensic League's Grand National Tournament held in Albany in the spring of 2009. [22]


Student population[23]
2008 1,185
2007 1,180
2006 1,200
2005 1,278
2004 1,180
2003 1,150
2002 1,073
2001 1,021
2000 972
1999 941
1998 901
1997 871
1996 1,097
1995 1,052
1994 1,037
1993 1,007

Notable alumni[edit]

Image gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ MD Property Database
  2. ^ Glenelg High School
  3. ^ Henry Gannett (1906). A Gazetteer of Maryland and Delaware, Volume 2. p. 36. 
  4. ^ Alice Cornelison; Silas E. Craft Sr.; Lillie Price. History of Blacks In Howard County. p. 126. 
  5. ^ Janet P. Kusterer; Victoria Goeller. Remembering Ellicott City: Tales from the Patapsco River Valley. 
  6. ^ "Howard County School Board Apologizes for Earlier Segregation". The Baltimore Sun. 15 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Howard County. p. 68. 
  8. ^ "flashbacks". The Baltimore Sun. 17 October 1990. 
  9. ^ Newsweek
  10. ^ MPSSAA Baseball
  11. ^ MPSSAA Girls' Basketball
  12. ^ MPSSAA Girls' Soccer
  13. ^ MPSSAA Boys' Soccer
  14. ^ MPSSAA Volleyball
  15. ^ MPSSAA Volleyball
  16. ^ MPSSAA Volleyball
  17. ^ MPSSAA Volleyball
  18. ^ "Glenelg High School Website". 
  19. ^ Glenelg Marching Unit website.
  20. ^ a b
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  23. ^ Maryland State Department of Education[permanent dead link]