La Plata High School

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La Plata High School
La Plata High School, Maryland, Sign.jpg
6035 Radio Station Road
La Plata, Maryland 20646
United States
Coordinates 38.548904,-76.952544
Established 1927
Principal Mr. Douglass Dolan [1]
Staff 150 +
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,396[1]
Color(s) Navy Blue and White
Athletics conference Southern Maryland Athletic Conference
Mascot Warrior[2]
Feeder Schools Piccowaxen, Somers

La Plata High School is part of the Charles County Public Schools and is located in La Plata, Maryland, United States. The current school was built in 1979. Before that, it was in the building (built in 1964) which now holds Milton M. Somers Middle School.[3]


On November 9, 1926, the La Plata Elementary School was destroyed by a tornado that killed 13 students.[4][5] That two room building was replaced by a new school that housed both an elementary and high school for La Plata.[6]


As of 2010, La Plata High School has an enrollment of 1,396 students with a demographic profile of 73.6% White, 22.6% Black, 1.7% Asian or Pacific Islander 1.5% Hispanic, and 0.7% American Indian. The Schoolwide Reading Proficiency is 85.8%, while the Schoolwide Math Proficiency is 91.9%.[7]

Islamic indoctrination lawsuit[edit]

A lawsuit was filed against the Charles County Public Schools, the Board of Education, and the Principal and Vice-Principal of La Plata High School located in La Plata, Maryland. The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of former Marine, John Kevin Wood, and his wife, Melissa, who claim that their daughter was subjected to Islamic indoctrination and propaganda in her high school World History class. It seeks a declaration from the defendants that they violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights, in addition to a temporary and permanent injunction barring them from promoting Islam over other religions and from banning Wood from school grounds.

The school issued this statement to local news WTOP, clarifying what was being taught in the classroom. “The particular unit in question is on the formation of Middle Eastern empires in which students learned the basic concepts of the Islamic faith and how it, along with politics, culture, economics and geography, contributed to the development of the Middle East,’ the statement said. “Other religions are introduced when they influence or impact a particular historical era or geographic region. For example, when reviewing the Renaissance and Reformation, students study the concepts and role of Christianity.” [8] [9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Schools & Centers". Charles County Public Schools. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  2. ^ School Information
  3. ^ Partlow, Joshua (January 20, 2005). "Anticipating Growth, Charles Weighs New Government Building". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
    In turn, Milton Somers was housed until 1964 in the Government Building, on Baltimore Street.
  4. ^ Thomas R. Brooks (November 1926). "The Tornado in Southern Maryland, November 3, 1926". Monthly Weather Review. American Meteorological Society. 54, 11 (11): 462–462. doi:10.1175/1520-0493(1926)54<462:TTISMN>2.0.CO;2. 
  5. ^ "La Plata Elementary School". The Historical Marker Database. February 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  6. ^ Zilliox, Jacqueline (2007). Charles County. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4407-8. 
  7. ^ "La Plata High School". School Matters. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
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  10. ^ Hoard, Chrisian (2003-04-09). "Young, Hopeless, Rich and Famous". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 

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Coordinates: 38°32′46.1″N 76°57′1.4″W / 38.546139°N 76.950389°W / 38.546139; -76.950389