Havre De Grace High School

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Havre De Grace High School
700 Congress Avenue
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Type Public Secondary
Motto "Enter to learn; Leave to serve."
Established 1896 (previous) 1955 (current site)
School district Harford County Public Schools
Principal James Reynolds
Grades 9 -12
Number of students 775 students
Campus 11 acres (45,000 m2)

Maroon, White

Mascot Warriors

Havre de Grace High School (HDGHS or HHS) is a four-year public high school in Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland, United States. The school is located near the northeast corner of Harford County where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay. The school motto is "Enter to Learn — Leave to Serve."

About the School[edit]

The current Havre de Grace High School was established in 1955. A previous building was built in 1896, but was razed and replaced with Havre de Grace Elementary School.[1] The school is named after the town of Havre de Grace, which received its name from the Marquis de La Fayette, the French general. The town was previously known as Susquehanna Lower Ferry.

The building is 143,612 square feet (13,342.0 m2) on a little over 11 acres (45,000 m2) and according to Maryland state records, the primary structure was built in 1961.[2] In 1991, Havre de Grace High School was designated as a National School of Excellence.[2]

Havre de Grace High School operates on a four-period day schedule, with the school day beginning at 7:30 AM and ending at 2:00 PM. Students are enrolled in eight classes for the year. Some classes will meet daily for a semester, while other classes meet every other day. This schedule provides longer periods of instruction (82 minutes per period) with fewer class changes. [3]


The student population at Havre de Grace High School has steadily increased over the past 12 years as shown by the list below. Over the same time period, the graduation rate has steadily risen from a percentage in the high 70s to that in the mid 80s.[3]


Havre de Grace High School is classified as 1A for Regional and State athletic contests. The school is also a member of the competitive Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference (UCBAC), which comprises high schools in both Harford and Cecil Counties.

Fall Sports: Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Field Hockey, Football, Girls Volleyball, Boys Volleyball, Golf (coed)

Winter Sports: Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Indoor Track

Spring Sports: Softball, Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Track, Boys Track, Girls Tennis, Boys Tennis


Football: State Champions 1976, 1978, 1981, 1986

B. Soccer: State Champions 1926, 1A Regional Champions 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

B. Basketball: 1A Regional Champions 1986, 1988

G. Volleyball: 1A Regional Champions 2006, 2007

G. Lacrosse: 1A/2A Regional Champions 2007

Baseball: 1A Regional Champions 2005, State Champions 1988

B. Lacrosse: 1A/2A Regional Champions 2006

Track and Field: Many individual Regional and State event champions, Girls 1A North regional champions 2000

Numerous other Harford County and UCBAC conference titles.

Notable alumni[edit]

Havre de Grace High School in the news[edit]

In 2000, "Young Americans", a WB network summer series, was filmed in Havre de Grace. The show starred a young Katherine Moennig of "The L Word", Kate Bosworth of "Blue Crush" and "21", and Ian Somerhalder of "LOST" and "The Vampire Diaries".

In the spring of 2007, Havre De Grace High School government and history teacher Gary Wasielewski ran a campaign for mayor of the City of Havre de Grace. Wasielewski also served two previous terms on the Havre de Grace City Council from May 2003 to May 2007.

The 2007/2008 movie From Within was filmed in Havre de Grace, including a scene in which the high school auditorium was transformed into an evangelical church. Many students from the school as well as other members of the community served as extras in the scene. The movie stars Adam Goldberg as well as Thomas Dekker and Rumer Willis.[4] The current Havre De Grace High School drama teacher, Mark Cummins, also played a small speaking role in the film.

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Havre de Grace High School website [4]
  • Harford County Public Schools - Havre de Grace High School website [5]
  • maps.google.com [6]

Coordinates: 39°32′52″N 76°05′45″W / 39.5479°N 76.0958°W / 39.5479; -76.0958