500 Chestnut Avenue Towson,
|Former name||Loyola High School (1852-)|
|Type||Private Roman Catholic Non-profit All-boys Secondary education institution|
|Motto||Latin: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam|
English: For the Greater Glory of God
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|Founder||Rev. John Early, S.J.|
|President||Anthony I. Day|
|Chairman||Brian P. Hartman|
|Chaplain||Rev. Bruce Steggert, SJ|
|Average class size||18|
|Campus size||60 acres (240,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Slogan||"Roll, Dons, Roll"|
|Song||Loyola Alma Mater|
|Fight song||"Come On You Dons to the Fight"|
|Sports||17 varsity teams in the MIAA |
|Publication||The Blakefield Magazine|
|Affiliation||Archdiocese of Baltimore|
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.
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. 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. Loyola has produced numerous players who have continued on to play collegiate lacrosse, 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.
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.
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.
For three consecutive years, 2008 to 2010, and again in 2013 and 2015 Loyola Rugby was in the MIAA championship.
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (January 2019)
Journalism and entertainment
- Tom Clancy, author
- Nathaniel Fick, former United States Marine Corps captain and author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
- Brendan Hines, actor in Fox Broadcasting Company's series Lie to Me
- Aaron LaCrate, music producer and fashion designer
- Thomas F. Monteleone, author
- George Coyne, astronomer and Director of the Vatican Observatory
- James Cardinal Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary, former President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and former Archbishop of Denver
Athletes and athletics
- Akira Fitzgerald, USL League One player for the Richmond Kickers
- Terence Garvin, former National Football League player
- Jason La Canfora, NFL Network analyst
- Mike Lookingland, former Major Arena Soccer League player
- Bruce McGonnigal, former National Football League player
- Jim McKay, Emmy-winning Olympic sportscaster and host of the Wide World of Sports
- Tim Nordbrook, former Major League Baseball player
- Ben Rubeor, former Major League Lacrosse player, Head Coach of the Atlas Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League
- Bill Stromberg, College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and chief executive officer of T. Rowe Price
- Steele Stanwick, Major League Lacrosse player for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, recipient of the Tewaaraton Award
- Wes Unseld Jr., National Basketball Association assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets, son of Hall of Fame member Wes Unseld
- Bob Williams, former National Football League player
- Bruce Zimmermann, Major League Baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles
Notable Maryland alumni
- Ephraim Francis Baldwin, architect for B&O Railroad
- J. Joseph Curran, Jr., former Attorney General of Maryland
- Thomas L. J. D'Alesandro III, former Mayor of Baltimore and brother of Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives
- Carl Stokes, member of the Baltimore City Council
- James T. Smith Jr., Maryland Secretary of Transportation
- Bruce Zimmermann, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
Science and technology
- George L. Drusano, physician and medical researcher
- Bradley M. Kuhn, computer scientist and free software activist
- List of Jesuit secondary schools in the United States
- Loyola University Maryland
- National Catholic Educational Association
- Parochial school
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