Meade Senior High School
|Meade Senior High School|
"Catch the Mustang Spirit"
|1100 Clark Road
Fort Meade, MD 20755
|School district||Anne Arundel County|
|Grades||9th – 12th|
|Number of students||2,070 (September 2014)|
|Hours in school day||7:17am – 2:05pm|
|Campus type||Military base|
|Rival||Arundel High School Wildcats|
Meade Senior High School is a public secondary school for grades 9 through 12 located at Fort Meade, Maryland and is administered by Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Since its opening in 1977, Meade High School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. The building underwent a complete renovation in 2008.
Meade High School is one of three International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools in Anne Arundel County. The IB program prepares students aged 16–19 for success in a university and life beyond.
Regular course curriculum departments include: Art, Army JROTC, Business Education, English, Family & Consumer Sciences, Foreign Language (Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, American Sign Language), Mathematics, Music, Physical & Health Education, Science, Social Sciences, Special Education, and Technology Education. Meade is also an IB World School, along with two other schools in the county, Old Mill and Annapolis.
Advanced Placement courses
Meade High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which allows students an opportunity to receive college credit by exam, including:
- AP Art History
- AP English Language
- AP English Literature
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics B
- AP Psychology
- AP US Government & Politics
- AP Studio Art 2D Design
- AP Studio Art 3D Design
- AP Studio Art Drawing
- AP Statistics
- AP Environmental Science
- AP European History
- AP US History
- AP World History
- AP French Language
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Macroeconomics
Clubs and traditions
Clubs and activities at Meade include: Math Club, Computer Club, Key Club, Newspaper/Journalism, Literary Magazine, Yearbook, Student Government, Marching Band, Steel Drum Band, Drama, It's Academic, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Tri-M, FBLA, Step Squad, Drill Team, Dance Club, Multicultural Team, DECA, Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Thespian Society, and Colorguard.
The Meade Mustangs participate in a variety of sports, including:
- Cross country running
- Field hockey (girls)
- Football (boys)
- Volleyball (girls)
- Marching band
- Baseball (boys)
- Outdoor track and field
- Softball (girls)
- Bocce
Awards and recognition
Most notably the girls' and boys' track teams have won county and region championships since 2006. The outdoor boys' track team won their first State championship in 2007. Meade Senior High has made AYP for four years in a row, which has been a major accomplishment. The 2011–2012 Meade wrestling team also won their first ever county championship that year while holding the best record out of any Meade sports team that year at 19–3. Also, the swim team progressed to regional competition in 2006. The M4 (Mighty Meade Mustang Marching) Band also went to ACC's (Atlantic Coastal Championships) for the first time in the history of the school in 2005, and returned in the fall of 2009 and 2010.
Notable alumni or attendees
- Haddaway, singer, hit song: "What Is Love"
- Marina Harrison, first woman to represent Maryland at both Miss USA and Miss America
- Connie Isler, youngest head coach at Division I level, women's golf at Georgetown University
- Elijah Thurmon, National Football League wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders
Westboro Baptist Church protest
In April 2011, the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas protested against Meade High School, claiming that the school had a high number of homosexual students. When the group revisited the county in March 2012, it was brought to the attention of many Anne Arundel County residents, and a crowd of about 500 people showed up and protested against the Westboro Baptist Church. Meade is one of three high schools in Maryland to be protested by the Westboro Baptist Church, the other two being Glen Burnie High School, also in Anne Arundel County, and Walt Whitman High School of Montgomery County.[self-published source][better source needed]
Meade Senior High School's reputation among Anne Arundel County schools was poor as of 2007, with some parents and students in disagreement. This negative reputation stems from events in 2005, when former Principal Joan Valentine was accused of blocking efforts to investigate the beating of a single white student by ten to fifteen black students in January of that year.
Near the end of the 2006–2007 year, during the final day of exams, around twenty students became involved in a physical altercation which resulted in the involvement of police forces from multiple jurisdictions and minor injuries to policemen. A group of parents lodged complaints against the police for roughing up their children.
On September 30, 1994, a brawl started that injured three teachers and six students. Media specialist and Senior Class advisor, Don Gobbi, attempted to break up the fight and was punched and thrown to the floor. As he lay in the fetal position students began to kick him. Gobbi was flown by Maryland State Helicopter to Maryland Medical Center shock trauma. Teacher John O'Neill also attempted to break up the fight and was taken to North Arundel Hospital with minor injuries. The third teacher was not hospitalized. Gobbi was released from the hospital later that day and never returned to his position at the school.
- "Official Actual Spring 2014 High School Enrollments" (PDF). Anne Arundel County Public Schools. December 5, 2014. p. 4. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
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[Old Mill Senior High School] social studies teacher John Scripture ... has motivated donors by keeping alive a friendly rivalry with Meade Senior High School
- Lemke, Tim (July 31, 2013). "Football Schedule Highlights Big Local Rivalries". Odenton-Severn Patch. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
the schedule ... shows big matchups involving Arundel and Old Mill, and it's important to remember the emergence of Meade as the regional champion last year
- Bunyan, Ed. "Meade High School wrestling team captures first county title". Flickr.
- "Atlantic Coast Group 2 Open Recap" (PDF). njatob.org. National Judges Association Tournament of Bands. November 8, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
- Genesis 1983 (Meade Senior High School yearbook) pg. 114
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- "Spring 2001 All-Mets". The Washington Post. Spring 2001. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
Honorable Mention ... Connie Isler, Meade, Sr.
- "Elijah Thurmon". Perfect Performance. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
Elijah is an Anne Arundel County, Maryland native and was a 3-sport athlete at Meade Senior High School. ... Elijah signed his first professional contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He went on to play with the Oakland Raiders
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- "Brawl Erupts at Meade High School; Hallway Incident Injures Nine Teachers, Students". The Washington Post. via HighBeam Research (subscription required). October 1, 1994. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
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- Official website
- AACPS webpage for Meade High School
- MSA Commission on Secondary Schools
- Meade Athletics website