Mercy High School (Baltimore, Maryland)

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Mercy High School
Mercy High School.jpg
1300 East Northern Parkway
Baltimore, Maryland, (Baltimore County) 21239
United States
Coordinates 39°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
Type Private, All-Female
Motto "Loyalty and service"
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established September 26, 1960.
Status open
Oversight Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy
President Mary Beth '85
Principal Jeanne A.
Grades 912
 • Grade 9 freshmen
 • Grade 10 sophomores
 • Grade 11 juniors
 • Grade 12 seniors
Average class size 15-25
Campus size 26 acres
Color(s) Red and White         
Sports basket ball, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, soccer, track, crosscontry,
Mascot magic hat with bunny
Nickname Magics
Team name Mercy Magic
Rival IND
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
National ranking 1,547
Newspaper The Shield
Admissions Director Kate Gerwin
Athletic Director Nick Gill

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 wooded campus at 1300 East Northern Parkway in Baltimore, Maryland. Its mission is to offer students a superior education in an environment rooted in Christian values. The school first opened its doors on September 26, 1960.


"Loyalty, leadership and service" is the school's motto. To that end, in their junior year students complete 50 hours of community service through a program that has been in place since the early 1970s. The idea of hospitality, a tenet of the Sisters of Mercy, is another guiding force at this school; visitors often comment on the warmth and friendliness of students.[citation needed]

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 Secondary Education Association (MSEA), an international affiliation of Mercy-owned schools.


Mercy's colors are red and white. The sports team is called the Magic. 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 sporting event in the state of Maryland. As of 2017,the series stands at Mercy 30, IND 21.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mary Ellen Santiago Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals[citation needed]
  • Mary Claire Helldorfer (aka Elizabeth Chandler, Kissed by an Angel), young adult, children's author

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 

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