Loyola Blakefield

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Loyola Blakefield
500 Chestnut Avenue Towson
Baltimore County
United States
Coordinates39°24′13″N 76°37′36″W / 39.40361°N 76.62667°W / 39.40361; -76.62667Coordinates: 39°24′13″N 76°37′36″W / 39.40361°N 76.62667°W / 39.40361; -76.62667
Former nameLoyola High School (1852-)
TypePrivate Roman Catholic Non-profit All-boys Secondary education institution
MottoLatin: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam[1]
English: For the Greater Glory of God
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Established1852; 169 years ago (1852)
FounderRev. John Early, S.J.
CEEB code211030
PresidentAnthony I. Day
ChairmanBrian P. Hartman
DeanBob Schlichtig
  • Chantal Cross
    (Director of Human Resources and Auxiliary Services)
  • Stephen Morrill
    (Director of Technology)
  • Brendan O'Kane
    (Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity)
  • Robert Robinson
    (Director of Marketing and Communications)
  • Adam Trice
    (Director of Development)
  • Beth Ann Szczepaniak
    (Director of Ignatian Service and Justice)
  • Bernard Bowers
    (Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
PrincipalJohn Marinacci
ChaplainRev. Bruce Steggert, SJ
Average class size18
Campus size60 acres (240,000 m2)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s) Blue  and  Gold 
Slogan"Roll, Dons, Roll"
SongLoyola Alma Mater
Fight song"Come On You Dons to the Fight"
Athletics conferenceMIAA
Sports17 varsity teams in the MIAA
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • volleyball
  • football
  • soccer
  • cross-country
  • golf
  • ice-hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • rugby
  • squash
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • indoor track
  • track & field
  • water polo
  • wrestling
MascotLoyola Dons
Team nameDons
RivalCalvert Hall
PublicationThe Blakefield Magazine
NewspaperThe Loyolan
YearbookThe Loyola
School fees$725
AffiliationArchdiocese of Baltimore
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Loyola Blakefield is a private Catholic, college preparatory school run by the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus in Towson, Maryland and within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It was established in 1852 by the Jesuits as an all-boys school for students from Baltimore, Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Southern Pennsylvania. It enrolls over 900 students in grades six through twelve. Loyola Blakefield was formerly called Loyola High School. This was the name given to the school when it was established in 1852. The name change occurred when they added a Middle school.


Archbishop Francis Kenrick asked the Jesuits to oversee the formation of a school for laymen that would incorporate the Jesuit standards of excellence and build new men conscious of a religious purpose. His request was prompted by the 1852 closure of nearby St. Mary's College. Construction of Loyola High School began on Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland, in early 1852, and on September 15, 1852, the school enrolled its first students.

In the early 1930s the growing and cramped high school began to look toward moving north of the city. In 1933, with the support of the Blake family, Loyola purchased the land known today as Blakefield in Towson, Maryland. In 1941, the students moved to the new campus. Between 1981 and 1988, a Middle School was gradually introduced, and in recognition of the two levels of education, Loyola High School officially became known as Loyola Blakefield.

Physical improvements in recent years have included the construction of Knott Hall which houses the student commons and dining hall, athletic center, and alumni areas, Burk Hall academic wing, renovations to the 60-year-old science laboratories, and construction of an additional section to Wheeler Hall.

Loyola Blakefield has a tradition of honoring alumni from 50 years earlier at its graduation ceremony. "Bring back the men from 50 years before to see a new generation graduate," writes James Maliszewski, whose grandfather died a year before they could have attended together as 1937 and 1987 graduates.[2]


Loyola Blakefield competes in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) for all interscholastic sports except for football where they are independent; in addition to the MIAA, the basketball team is also a member of the Baltimore Catholic League.

The Loyola Blakefield football team also plays every Thanksgiving Day in one of the oldest continual national Catholic high school football rivalries, against cross-town rival Calvert Hall College. The game, known as the Turkey Bowl, is held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and broadcast on television and radio by WMAR-TV.

The Loyola lacrosse program is among its most successful.[citation needed] It won eight championships in the 1980s and also won championships in 2001, 2007, 2008, and 2013. In 2007, they defeated Boys' Latin 10–6 in the MIAA championship game. In 2008, they defeated previously undefeated Gilman 12–11 in the championship game at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium before over 8,000 spectators.[citation needed] Loyola has produced numerous players who have continued on to play collegiate lacrosse,[citation needed] including National Lacrosse Hall of Famer John Stewart, and Peter Kimmel.

Loyola's swimming and diving team has also achieved remarkable successes, having recorded a record run of 20 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association state titles in 21 years and six National Catholic Swimming Championships crowns, whilst consistently being ranked within the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association national Top-25 Poll for best high school swimming teams.[3]

The soccer program won the Maryland Championship in 2001, 2012, and 2014 and has produced Division I talent. Coach Lee Tschantret, a former longtime player in the Major Indoor Soccer League, won several championships with the Baltimore Blast.[citation needed]

The Loyola basketball program reached regional prominence in the 1970s when it was led by head coach Jerry Savage, who won over 600 games from 1969 to 2003. He produced several Division I players. Savage also coached the 1997 MIAA Championship team, the last championship of any sort for the Dons basketball program. Loyola has been in the most Baltimore Catholic League finals with 13 total and 6 championships. More recently, the program had several disappointing seasons and experienced a four-year period with four different head coaches. Since then Josh Davalli, an All-Metro player at Cardinal Gibbons in the mid-1990s, served as varsity head coach while also teaching in the Middle School.

The Loyola cross-country program has had much success, being the first and only team in the MIAA to complete the "three-peat", then continuing to win six consecutive individual and team titles at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet. Under the coaching of Jose Albornoz and Chris Cucuzzella, the Dons have won 14 MIAA/MSA championships to bring the program's total championships to 15 since its inception.[4]

For three consecutive years, 2008 to 2010, and again in 2013 and 2015 Loyola Rugby was in the MIAA championship.[5]

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  1. ^ "President's Message - Loyola Blakefield". Loyolablakefield.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ James Maliszewski (May 11, 2002). "May. 11th, 2002 journal entry". Archived from the original on July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  3. ^ https://support.loyolablakefield.org/swimming
  4. ^ "Loyola Blakefield | Team Detail". www.loyolablakefield.org. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  5. ^ "Past MIAA Varsity Rugby Champions". Miaasports.net. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Here's the truth: The new American TV villain is the liar". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

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