Rock Hill College

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Rock Hill College was a boys' boarding school located in Ellicott City, Maryland. The school was divided into two departments: preparatory (for ages nine and up) and collegiate. The curriculum was based on physical education, sciences, and classical studies[1]

Rock Hill College was founded in 1824 as Rock Hill Academy and purchased in 1857 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (known as the Christian Brothers); Rock Hill College is sometimes referred in older publications as the Christian Brothers College. In 1865 The College was incorporated as Howard County's only college and construction of the four-story stone building was completed.[2][3] During the Civil War, the college basement served as a hospital for Northern and Southern troops.[4] In 1866, Brother Azarias (Patrick Francis Mullany) was called to be a professor of mathematics and literature at Rock Hill College. He was President of Rock Hill from 1879 to 1886. Baltimore architect George A. Frederick was involved in the architectural design of Rock Hill College.[5] Classes included Greek and Latin.[6] Though not a parochial school, St. Paul's Catholic Church in Ellicott City created a chapel for the students of Rock Hill College in 1859. The side chapel eventually became part of the church proper.

The building was destroyed by fire on 23 January 1922 while most were in attendance at a basketball game. A chimney fire spread to the dormitory roof, burning all but the gymnasium.[7] The school merged with Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore. A new elementary school was built within the existing walls in 1926 and remained until 1976, when Worthington Elementary School opened. In 1991, the property was rehabilitated into Greystone condominiums, a residential condominium and townhouse development.[8]


  1. ^ Steiner, Ph.D., Bernard Christian (1894). History of Education in Maryland. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office. 
  2. ^ "Important Decision". The Ellicott City Times. 17 February 1877. 
  3. ^ Janet Kusterer, Victoria Goelle. Ellicott City. p. 49. 
  4. ^ Howard County Historical Society. Images of America Howard County. p. 59. 
  5. ^ "George A. Frederick - Works Outside Baltimore". George A. Frederick website. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  6. ^ James Clark. Jim Clark Soldier Farmer Legislator. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Fires Destroyed two Catholic Colleges". The Times (Ellicott City). 31 March 1965. 
  8. ^ Gunts, Edward (14 April 1991). "Old school converted into condos: Greystone opens in Ellicott City". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

Coordinates: 39°15′56.5″N 76°47′47.5″W / 39.265694°N 76.796528°W / 39.265694; -76.796528