Poolesville High School
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|Poolesville High School|
|Type||Public (magnet) secondary|
|Number of students||1,235|
|Color(s)||Black and Vegas gold|
|Website||Poolesville High School|
The core of the building was built in 1911 as an elementary school. The building housed Poolesville's middle school and high school up until 1997 when John Poole Middle School was built. Poolesville's first graduates were seven students in 1920.
From the school's inception until 2002, the school's mascot was an Indian, and its logo was the profile of an Indian warrior in full headdress. In 2001, amid some controversy, the school's students and Poolesville Community voted on whether to keep the mascot or to change it to a falcon. Although the students and community elected to keep the Indian as the mascot, at the beginning of the 2001–2002 school year the Montgomery County Board of Education, under pressure from the Maryland Bureau of Indian Affairs, overruled the vote. Beginning in the 2002–2003 school year, the students voted to change the school's mascot to a falcon.
Starting in the 2006–2007 school year, honor students in northern Montgomery County ("upcounty") have the opportunity to become a part of one of three magnet programs called "houses": Global Ecology; Humanities; or Science, Math, and Computer Science. Students test into high school during their last year of middle school and, if accepted and enrolled, are "certificate" students and are required to take the standard courses pertaining to their specific program. Students who do not test in, but still attend Poolesville, may become a part of a house called Independent Studies, but are "non-certificate" and can choose to take specialized courses.
Poolesville was ranked Washington Post's #1 Most Challenging High School in Maryland in 2016, U.S. News' #3 Best High School in Maryland, and Newsweek's #1 Top High School in Maryland in 2015.
Because magnet students may come from anywhere within upper Montgomery County, 18 buses service out-of-area students. For Poolesville local students, there are nine buses.
- Matthew Heimbach, founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, attended Poolesville High School.
- Jorin Vincent, gave the death penalty to Michelle, attended Poolesville High School.
- Robert Huang, high ranking League of Legends player, known competitively as blaberfish2, attended Poolesville High School.
Poolesville fields teams in the following sports:
- Basketball (boys' and girls')
- Girl's basketball went 22 and 0 in the 2017–2018 season. They won the 2A States championship game.
- Cross country (boys' and girls')
- Field hockey
- FIRST Robotics
- Golf (boys' and girls')
- Indoor track and field (boys' and girls')
- Lacrosse (boys' and girls')
- Soccer (boys' and girls')
- Swimming (boys' and girls')
- The Falcons won six state titles (four by the boys' team and two by the girls' team) from 2012 to 2015 under two-time Washington Post Coach of the Year Jon Leong.
- Tennis (boys' and girls')
- Track and field (boys' and girls')
- Volleyball (boys', girls', and coed)
- Seneca Valley High School
- Northwest High School
- Quince Orchard High School
- Clarksburg High School
- Richard Montgomery High School
- Montgomery Blair High School
- Damascus High School
- "Town of Poolesville Comprehensive Master Plan" (PDF). December 5, 2011.
- Jewell, E. Guy (1976). From One Room to Open Space: A History of Montgomery County Schools from 1732 to 1965. Rockville, Maryland: Montgomery County Public Schools.
- "Maryland Schools - The Washington Post". apps.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
- "Maryland Best High Schools". Archived from the original on 2012-05-08.
- "America's Top High Schools 2015". Newsweek. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
- "Poolesville HS - Bus Routes". www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
- Heim, Joe. "This white nationalist who shoved a Trump protester may be the next David Duke". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
- "Blaber". Gamepedia. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- Official website
- Poolesville High School at the Wayback Machine (archived January 17, 1999)