Harford Technical High School

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Harford Technical High School
200 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, Maryland
United States
Type Public High School (9-12)
Established 1978
School district Harford County Public Schools
Principal Charles Hagan
Enrollment 1,055 students (As of 2007)
Campus 48.4 acres (196,000 m2)


Mascot Cobra
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Harford Technical High School

Harford Technical High School (HTHS) is a four-year vocational/technical public high school in Bel Air in Harford County, Maryland, United States. The school is located near the center of the county across the street from Harford Community College and next to the John Archer School.

The school was opened in 1978 as a vocational and technical school. Students in Harford County must apply to go to Harford Tech. Once entering the school, the students focus on a trade from one of the following: Construction, Manufacturing, Automotives, Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Food Preparation, Cosmetology, Agribusiness and Animal Science, Communications, Floral Design, Landscape Architecture and Management, Printing and Graphic Arts, or one of the two Health Occupations programs: The Academy of Health Professions or Sports Technician and Exercise Science (S.T.E.S.).

Harford Tech is widely known as having the highest graduation rate in all of Harford County. It also has the highest attendance rate among all of the high schools in Harford County.

The school has changed its name since the school was founded. It was once called "Harford Vocational Technical High School" or "Harford VoTech".

About the school[edit]

The original building was finally constructed in the mid-70s. There have been several additions made to the school to accommodate more students including the new William H. Amoss Performing Arts Center, finished in 2000, and "Cobra Stadium" and surrounding athletic fields, finished in Spring 2009.


Since Harford Tech. is a magnet school, becoming a student there has become more and more competitive in recent years. Students who live in the Harford County School District must go through an application process in order to be admitted to Harford Tech. This is normally done in the students 8th Grade year. On average, the ratio of applications to available positions is 4:1, and about half of those applicants will get to the interview stage. About half of the students interviewed will then be admitted to the school. Students can only apply for a position in a single technical area. Consequently, there is a waiting list for admittance in any given year. Students not admitted will attend the regular high school in their catchment area or go private.

Though the student population has leveled off in the past few years, it nearly doubled between 1993 and 2004 when enrollment peaked.

Year Students enrolled[1]
2007 1,055
2006 1,052
2005 1,069
2004 1,070
2003 1,052
2002 1,014
2001 928
2000 900
1999 877
1998 833
1997 764
1996 716
1995 660
1994 607
1993 562


State Champions

  • 2006 Wrestling 2A-1A
  • 2006 Wrestling Coach Gary Siler named All-Metro Coach of the Year[2]
  • 2012 Winter Cheerleading

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Harford Technical High School website [2]
  • maps.google.com [3]

Coordinates: 39°33′33″N 76°17′15″W / 39.5591°N 76.2875°W / 39.5591; -76.2875