Laurel High School (Maryland)

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Laurel High School
8000 Cherry Lane
Laurel, Maryland 20707
United States
Coordinates 39°05′39″N 76°52′05″W / 39.09417°N 76.86806°W / 39.09417; -76.86806
Type Public comprehensive secondary school
Established 1899
Principal Dwayne Jones
Enrollment 2,124
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Mascot Spartan
Information (301) 497-2050

Laurel High School is a public high school located in Laurel, Maryland; it is the oldest school in the Prince George's County Public Schools system.[1]


Laurel High School was founded in 1899[1] with an enrollment of 59 students and four teachers. According to The Washington Post, the 1900 graduating class was all women.[2] The original school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[3] In 1965, the school moved to a larger building at 8000 Cherry Lane in Laurel, and annexed the former Margaret A. Edmonson Elementary School in 1983. Laurel shares the same layout as Bowie High School, in neighboring Bowie, Maryland.[citation needed] Today, Laurel High School enrolls roughly 1,990 students in grades 9 through 12. The school mascot is the Spartan, and the school colors are blue and gold.

Fulfilling an objective of the Prince George’s County Capital Improvement Program[4] since 1989, construction on a new 800-seat auditorium for the school was expected to begin in February 2009. The addition was completed in the early 2010 school year.[5]

Laurel High's student newspaper, "The Shield", established in the 1995–1996 school year, has won awards from the American Scholastic Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.[6] Prior to the 1995–96 school year, the school paper operated under the name "The Tattler".

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b Toth, Sara (November 20, 2013). "Laurel High students holding history in their hands". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 28, 2014. Laurel is the oldest high school in Prince George's County, opening its doors in 1899 
  2. ^ Moran, Caitlin (November 26, 2009). "In trivia contest, Laurel is always the category". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2014. The correct answer? 'They were all women,' 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Deasy, John E.; Beall, James W. (December 14, 2006). "Superintendent’s Proposed Annual Operating Budget For Fiscal Year 2008" (PDF). pp. 39–40. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ Laurel High auditorium in sight Laurel Leader. December 01, 2005. URL retrieved on March 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Leonard, Guy. Laurel High School newspaper wins Scholastic Press award. The Gazette. March 25, 2004. URL retrieved on March 8, 2007.
  7. ^ "Program of Laurel 79's 25 Year Reunion". Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  8. ^ "West Laurel barn razing". October 2002. Fan Questions and Answers. Marty Friedman Official Website. URL retrieved on December 20, 2006.
  9. ^ Toth, Sara (June 24, 2013). "First Generation celebrates 23rd class of college-bound graduates". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 28, 2014. master of ceremonies Tico Wells, an actor and Laurel High School alum 

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