Park School of Baltimore
|The Park School of Baltimore|
Park's Athletic Center
|2425 Old Court Rd
Baltimore, MD 21208
|Head of school||Daniel Paradis|
|Average class size||15|
|Campus size||Over 100 acres|
|School color(s)||Brown and white|
|Slogan||Learn to Think|
The Park School of Baltimore (colloquially known as Park) is a private, co-educational K-12 school located in Brooklandville, Maryland, United States, just north of the city of Baltimore. The campus lies to the south of Old Court Road in Baltimore County. Park's current enrollment is approximately 829 students.
Founded in 1912 by a group of parents, primarily social and educational progressives in Baltimore's German Jewish community, the school enlisted Hans Froelicher, Sr., a professor of German languages at Goucher College, to devise an educational plan for the school. Professor Froelicher lured Eugene Smith, a well-known progressive educator and associate of philosopher John Dewey, to become the first headmaster.
The school's original site on Auchentorly Terrace near Druid Hill Park gave it its name. The city's public park provided students with outdoor experiences and hands-on learning activities espoused by leading progressives of the era. In 1917 the school moved to the west, to a set of three buildings on Liberty Heights Avenue. Keeping its avowedly nonsectarian philosophy and liberal reputation, the school followed the migration of suburban life in Baltimore and in 1959 moved to its present location on 100 acres (400,000 m2) just inside the I-695 Beltway.
Enrollment has expanded along with the facility in recent years. A new math and science wing, a new visual and dramatic arts wing, and a new athletic center have been added to the existing campus.
- Laura Amy Schlitz, librarian and storyteller; winner of the 2008 Newbery Medal for her children's book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village  and the 2013 Newbery Honor for her children's novel Splendors and Glooms; wrote the monologues in Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! for the 5th grade curriculum
- Robert Austrian ('34), developer of the pneumonia vaccine
- Guy Blakeslee ('99) a.k.a. Entrance, musician currently signed to Tee Pee Records
- Josh Dibb ('96) a.k.a. Deakin, member of the experimental music group Animal Collective
- Jane Frank ('37) (Jane Schenthal Frank, 1918–1986) artist (as a child, her name was Jane Babette Schenthal)
- Walt Handelsman ('75), Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist (1997 and 2007)
- Adam Gidwitz ('00), children's book author of A Tale Dark & Grimm
- Penny Johnson Jerald ('78), actress, appeared in Fox television show 24 as the president's wife, Sherry Palmer
- Chris Keating ('00), member of the experimental music group Yeasayer
- Steve Krulevitz ('69), professional tennis player, was ranked #42 in the world and a member of the Israeli Davis Cup team
- Jeffrey Alfred Legum ('59), President and CEO of The Park Circle Motor Company
- Michelle Madow ('05), young adult fiction author of The Secret Diamond Sisters
- David Portner ('97) a.k.a. Avey Tare, member of the experimental music group Animal Collective
- Tom Rothman ('72), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment (parent company of Twentieth Century Fox)
- Josh Tyrangiel ('90), editor of Bloomberg Business Week and former Deputy Managing Editor of Time magazine
- Matthew Weiner, creator of the AMC television drama Mad Men
- Brian Weitz a.k.a. Geologist ('97), member of the experimental music group Animal Collective
- Julius Westheimer ('29), financial advisor, television and radio personality
- Anand Wilder ('00), member of the experimental music group Yeasayer
- Edward Witten ('68), mathematical physicist and one of the leading researchers in string theory
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