James M. Bennett High School

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James M. Bennett High School
300 East College Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
United States
Coordinates 38°20′43″N 75°35′26″W / 38.34528°N 75.59056°W / 38.34528; -75.59056Coordinates: 38°20′43″N 75°35′26″W / 38.34528°N 75.59056°W / 38.34528; -75.59056
School type Public High School
Opened 1962
School district Wicomico County Public Schools
Principal Richard Briggs
Teaching staff 94.50 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,351 (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 14.30
Color(s) Red and Black          
Nickname Clippers
Newspaper The Kelp
Yearbook The Voyager

James M. Bennett High School is a high school located in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland. It is part of the Wicomico County Public School system. It is one of four public high schools in Wicomico County along with Mardela Middle and High School, Parkside High School, and Wicomico High School. It was established in 1962.

New Building[edit]

Construction on the replacement James M. Bennett High School completed 2010, and the school opened for the 2010-2011 school year. Construction began in 2008, with a goal completion date of 2011. The new building includes state of the art technology including geothermal heating control and automated energy-saving lighting and up-to-date educational tools such as LCD projectors, digital whiteboards, campus-wide Wi-FI and TV networks, and document cameras replacing overhead projectors.

The building was designed to honor the Bennett Memorial Garden - a garden designed to honor three Class of 2000 students who died before graduating. The Garden was dedicated on August 19, 2000 with participation from Frank Perdue, then Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman, and current Salisbury Mayor Jacob Day, who designed the Garden.

Bennett Middle School, as of the summer of 2015, has been demolished for the current construction of additional sports fields.[2] The new school was rededicated on April 18, 2011, marking Salisbury's first new high school in more than 30 years.[3]


The demographic breakdown of the 1,351 students enrolled in 2013-14 was:

  • Male - 49.6%
  • Female - 50.4%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.5%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 5.7%
  • Black - 33.9%
  • Hispanic - 6.7%
  • White - 50.0%
  • Multiracial - 3.2%

42.6% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[1]


Advanced Placement offerings at James M. Bennett include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics 2, Computer Science A, Psychology, English Language and Composition, English Literature, U.S. Government and Politics, United States History, European History, Calculus, AP Calculus II Spanish, AP Statistics, and Latin.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for James M. Bennett High". ed.gov. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  2. ^ DelmarvaNow.com Old school to be gone by August '11
  3. ^ DelmarvaNow.com JMB continues proud legacy

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