Perry Hall High School

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Perry Hall High School
Perry Hall High School, main entrance.png
Main entrance


United States
Coordinates39°23′38″N 76°27′53″W / 39.39402°N 76.46484°W / 39.39402; -76.46484Coordinates: 39°23′38″N 76°27′53″W / 39.39402°N 76.46484°W / 39.39402; -76.46484
TypePublic Secondary
MottoRespect • Responsibility • Integrity • Civility
School districtBaltimore County Public Schools
PrincipalAndrew Last[1]
Enrollment2121[2] (2014)
Color(s)Navy, Gold, and White
Athletics conferenceMPSSAA Baltimore County League
NewspaperThe Hallmark

Perry Hall High School is a public high school established in 1963 and is the largest public high school in Baltimore County, Maryland,[3] enrolling about 2,300 students a year. Located in the northeastern Baltimore suburb of Perry Hall and serving the surrounding communities, such as Kingsville and Glen Arm, it is part of the Baltimore County Public Schools system. Area middle schools that feed into Perry Hall High are Perry Hall Middle School and Pine Grove Middle School.


When initially established, Perry Hall High School was located in the building, which today is Perry Hall Middle School. The class of 1968 was the first class to graduate from the new and current building located just down the road. In 1973 construction started on a small addition to the front of the building.[4] This first addition was built adjacent to the library. Nine new classrooms were built to accommodate 350 more students and four new teachers. Renovations that took place in the same year included a team locker room, new biology, and chemistry labs, and an addition to the faculty dining room. A three-story new addition had to be built in 1997 to fight overcrowding.[5] The new section has health and career education classrooms below ground level, tall music rooms and social science rooms at ground level, and foreign language and art rooms on the second floor. Because of the tall music rooms, the second floor of the new addition is a half story higher than the second floor of the main building. Currently, there are portable classrooms situated outside the main building to alleviate the continuing overpopulation problem. The most recent addition was a hallway around the auditorium to alleviate the crowded junction on the first floor between the old and new wings.


The Harry Dorsey Gough coat of arms
Perry Hall High School

Perry Hall High School was established in 1963 in the middle of a growing community. The doors opened on September 6 to sophomores and juniors, taking students that would have otherwise attended Parkville High School or Overlea High School. The first principal of Perry Hall High School was Maynard E. Keadle. Perry Hall High School's first graduates were members of the class of 1965. Within five years, a second building was constructed to accommodate the high number of students in the area. The new building opened in the fall of 1967 to Perry Hall High School students while the original building became Perry Hall Junior High School, known as Perry Hall Middle School today.

In 1987, the movie Hairspray was filmed at Perry Hall High School.[6]


A new lobby constructed with the addition.

A new addition replaced portable classrooms at Perry Hall High School in 1997, but by 2003 portable classrooms were needed once again. In 2005, a new hallway was built to try to ease the overcrowded hallways. With Perry Hall High School being the most populated school in the Baltimore County public school system, the Perry Hall Improvement Association has started a petition to gather support for a new high school to be constructed in northeast Baltimore County.[7]

2012 shooting[edit]

A shooting occurred at the Perry Hall cafeteria on the first day of school at 10:45 a.m., Monday, August 27, 2012. The shooter, 15-year-old sophomore student Robert Gladden, Jr., attended the first two classes and then went to the school restroom during break time, where he allegedly reassembled a 12 gauge shotgun from his backpack and loaded it. He exited the restroom with the shotgun hidden under his clothing and pulled it out in the cafeteria, where he fired a shot that struck a 17-year-old male student in the back, critically wounding him. A school guidance counselor, Jesse Wasmer, and Richard Rosenthal, a mathematics teacher, immediately rushed to Gladden and attempted to subdue him. More faculty members rushed the shooter, who fired into the ceiling during the struggle. Several people suffered minor cuts and bruises during the panic that ensued. Students were evacuated to a nearby shopping center and middle school.[8]

In February 2013, Gladden was sentenced to 35 years in prison on charges of attempted murder.[9][10][11]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

There are many clubs and activities in the arts, languages, music, career interests, and recreation from which students may choose:


Art and Music[edit]


The traditional rivals of Perry Hall High School's Gators are the Knights of nearby Parkville High School and the Lions of Dulaney High School. Perry Hall has athletic teams for:

Perry Hall has won the following State Championships:

  • 1979 – Softball, Class AA
  • 1982 – Field Hockey, Class AA[12]
  • 1987 – Boys Cross Country, Class AA[13]
  • 1990 – Baseball, Class 4A
  • 1992 – Baseball, Class 4A
  • 1993 – Girls Cross Country, Class 4A[14]
  • 1994 – Baseball, Class 4A
  • 2015 - Boys Soccer, Class 4A[15]
  • 2017 - Boys Basketball, Class 4A[16]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Anderson, Meghan. "Principal Last heads to Perry Hall". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "2007 Maryland Report Card: Baltimore County – Perry Hall".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Baltimore County : 2016 Maryland Report Card". Archived from the original on June 25, 2006.
  4. ^ Hallmark Newspaper Vol. 10, No. 5.
  5. ^ .Councilman Vincent Gardina Archived July 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Movies Filmed In Baltimore Area".
  7. ^ "Homepage - My Web Pal". My Web Pal. Archived from the original on March 19, 2012.
  8. ^ "FAMILY OF ALLEGED SHOOTER "HORRIFIED"". Associated Press. August 27, 2012. Archived from the original on August 30, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  9. ^ Knezevich, Alison (September 4, 2012). "Robert Gladden Jr. indicted in Perry Hall school shooting—WGN". Retrieved October 18, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Alleged Baltimore School Shooter's Victim Has Down's Syndrome". August 28, 2012. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  11. ^ "Robert Gladden Jr. Sentenced In Maryland School Shooting That Wounded Daniel Borowy". Huffington Post. February 25, 2013. Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  12. ^ "MPSSAA Field Hockey" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 8, 2005.
  13. ^ "MPSSAA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 8, 2005.
  14. ^ "MPSSAA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 8, 2005.
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  16. ^ Graham, Glenn. "Perry Hall boys finish season of firsts with first state title". Archived from the original on April 26, 2017.

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