Park School of Baltimore

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The Park School of Baltimore
Park gymnasium.jpg
Park's Athletic Center
2425 Old Court Rd
Baltimore, MD 21208
United States
Coordinates 39°23′34″N 76°40′34″W / 39.3929°N 76.676°W / 39.3929; -76.676Coordinates: 39°23′34″N 76°40′34″W / 39.3929°N 76.676°W / 39.3929; -76.676
Founded 1912
Status Open
Head of school Daniel Paradis
Grades K-12
Gender Co-Ed
Age range 4-18
Average class size 15
Language English
Campus size Over 100 acres
School color(s) Brown and white
Slogan Learn to Think
Song Park School
Mascot Bruin
Newspaper The PostScript
Yearbook The Brownie
Motto Strive On!

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.

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