Mercy High School (Baltimore, Maryland)

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Mercy High School
Mercy High School.jpg
1300 East Northern Parkway
Baltimore, Maryland 21239
United States
Coordinates39°22′2″N 76°35′23″W / 39.36722°N 76.58972°W / 39.36722; -76.58972Coordinates: 39°22′2″N 76°35′23″W / 39.36722°N 76.58972°W / 39.36722; -76.58972
TypePrivate, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Our Lady of Mercy
EstablishedSeptember 26, 1960.
OversightSponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
PresidentMary Beth Lennon '85
PrincipalJeanne A. Blakeslee
Average class size15-25
Campus size26 acres
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)Red and White         
Athletics conferenceIAAM
Sportsbasketball, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, soccer (indoor and outdoor), track, cross country, golf,
Mascotmagic top hat with rabbit
Team nameMercy Magic
RivalInstitute of Notre Dame
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
National ranking1,547
NewspaperThe Shield
YearbookThe Garnet
School fees$500
Dean of StudentsMary Ella Franz Marion '76
Alumnae DirectorSister Mary Anne Smith, RSM
Admissions DirectorBonnie Bevans Kottraba '98
Athletic DirectorNick Gill
Director of Fine ArtsDave Rybczynski
Director of College CounselingKristy Cummings

Mercy High School is a private and independent Catholic high school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and is located within the Archdiocese of Baltimore on a 26-acre campus at 1300 East Northern Parkway in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the only Catholic girls' school in Baltimore City with playing fields onsite.[citation needed]


Founded in 1960, Mercy High School is located on a 26-acre campus in Northeast Baltimore. Opened at the request of the Archbishop of Baltimore who saw a need for a large, modern, centrally located Catholic high school for girls, Mercy High School was established in anticipation of the entrance of the first wave of baby boomers born in 1946. More than 300 students entered Mercy as freshmen in 1960. Today, students from more than 64 zip codes throughout Central Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania attend Mercy.

Accreditation and Sponsorship[edit]

Mercy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools and has been named an Exemplary Private School by the United States Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education. The school is a member of the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS) and the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA), the network of schools under the auspices of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.[2]


The Mercy Magic compete in the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (IAAM).[3] The varsity lacrosse team won the IAAM "B" Conference Championships in spring 2017, defeating Friends School of Baltimore. Mercy's school colors are red and white. A magician and rabbit serve as mascots.

Mercy's longest sports rivalry is with the Institute of Notre Dame (IND), a Catholic girls' high school sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, which is also located in Baltimore City. Each year since 1961 the two schools' basketball teams have played in a match-up known to fans simply as "The Game." It is the most well-attended high school girls' sporting event in the state of Maryland. As of 2017,the series stands at Mercy 30, IND 21.

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • The Honorable Carol Smith '64, Retired Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, and Principal, Creative Dispute Resolutions, LLC [4]
  • The Honorable Mary Ellen Santiago Barbera '69, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals [5]
  • Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN '70, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Utah[6]
  • Donna Orem '72, President, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)[7]
  • Mary Claire Helldorfer '72 (aka Elizabeth Chandler, Kissed by an Angel), young adult, children's author
  • Stephanie Beran '76, Managing Director, Legg Mason
  • Kimberly Clark '76, Executive Vice-President, Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Kristen Carr '06, Member, U.S. National Women's Lacrosse Team and Assistant Coach, Stanford University Women's Lacrosse Team

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
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