Laurel High School (Maryland)

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Laurel High School
Laurel High School is located in Maryland
Laurel High School
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]

The school serves[2] Laurel,[3] portions of Konterra,[4] South Laurel,[5] and West Laurel.[6]


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.[7] The original school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[8] 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. The last class at the original location held a 50th reunion in 2015.[9]

Fulfilling an objective of the Prince George’s County Capital Improvement Program[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] Prior to the 1995–96 school year, the school paper operated under the name "The Tattler".

Laurel shares the same layout as Bowie High School, in neighboring Bowie, Maryland.[citation needed] Laurel High School currently enrolls roughly 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12. The school mascot is the Spartan, and the school colors are blue and gold.

In 2009, Sheryll Cashin said in The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream that Laurel High was one of several mostly black, mostly middle class Prince George's County public high schools that were "decidedly underachieving: fewer than half of the seniors at these schools went on to attend four-year colleges in recent years."[13]

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. ^ "NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOLS AND BOUNDARIES SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019." Prince George's County Public Schools. Retrieved on August 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "City of Laurel Zoning Map." City of Laurel. Retrieved on August 26, 2018. See also: City map.
  4. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Konterra CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 26, 2018. Pages: 1, 2, and [3.
  5. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): South Laurel CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 26, 2018. Pages: 1, 2, and 3. Note that the census-designated place was previously smaller: 2000 Index Map and pages 1 and 2. In the 1990 map of Prince George's County (see index), South Laurel is on pages 2 and 5.
  6. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: West Laurel CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 26, 2018. The West Laurel CDP was previously defined as a larger area; portions are now defined as being in the Konterra CDP. 2000 map: "CENSUS 2000 BLOCK MAP: WEST LAUREL CDP." The 1990 maps of Prince George's County (index map) show West Laurel on pages 1 and 4.
  7. ^ 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,'
  8. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  9. ^ Restivo, Patti (June 11, 2015). "Last class at old Laurel High marks 50th reunion". Laurel Leader. Baltimore Sun Media Group. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Laurel High auditorium in sight". Laurel Leader. December 1, 2005. Retrieved March 8, 2008.[dead link]
  12. ^ Leonard, Guy. Laurel High School newspaper wins Scholastic Press award. The Gazette. March 25, 2004. URL retrieved on March 8, 2007.
  13. ^ Cashin, Sheryl (November 2005). "The Dilemma of the Black Middle Class". Segregation & Integration. The Next American City. No. 9. Archived from the original on February 3, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  14. ^ "Program of Laurel 79's 25 Year Reunion". Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  15. ^ "West Laurel barn razing". October 2002. Fan Questions and Answers. Marty Friedman Official Website. URL retrieved on December 20, 2006.
  16. ^ 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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