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|
Poolesville High School is a public whole magnet high school located in Poolesville, Maryland. It is home to the Global Ecology Program, the Humanities Program, the Science, Math, Computer Science (SMCS) Program and the Independent Studies Program (ISP).
The core of the building was built in 1911 as an elementary school. The school 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 head-dress. In 2001, amidst some controversy, the school's students and Poolesville Community voted on whether to keep the Indian mascot or to change the school's mascot to a Falcon. Although the students and community elected to keep the Indian as the school 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 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 go to Poolesville High School, are able to become a part of a house called Independent Studies, but are "non-certificate" and can choose to take specialized courses. Poolesville High School was recently ranked Washington Post's #1 Most Challenging High School in Maryland, U.S. News' #3 Best High School in Maryland, and Newsweek's #1 Top High School in Maryland.
Because Magnet students come from anywhere within upper Montgomery County, 18 buses service out-of-area students to and from the high school. For Poolesville local students, there are 9 buses.
Poolesville fields teams in the following sports:
- Basketball (Boys and Girls)
- 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 have won 6 state titles (4 boys and 2 girls) 2012-2015 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".
- "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.
- Official website
- Poolesville High School at the Wayback Machine (archived January 17, 1999)