Sherwood High School (Maryland)

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Sherwood High School
300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road


TypePublic secondary
MottoRespect for Each, Rigor for Each, Reach out to Each.
School districtMontgomery County Public Schools
Number of students2135 (2008)
NewspaperThe Warrior
School song"Among the Leafy Branches"[1]

Sherwood High School is a secondary school in Sandy Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland, United States.[2] Sherwood's program of interest is the international studies program, and it is also known for its music and athletic programs. Sherwood draws students from Farquhar and Rosa Parks Middle Schools.

Sherwood serves the areas of Olney, Ashton, and Brookeville.


Sherwood Academy was built on a piece of land donated in 1883, that was once part of Sherwood Farm – named because the abundance of trees was reminiscent of Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest.[3] In 1906, Sherwood became the third public high school in Montgomery County, after Richard Montgomery High School and Gaithersburg High School. The original school building was replaced in 1950, and the 1,000-seat Ertzman theatre was added in 1974. The school was renovated in 1989-1991, during which students were temporarily moved to the Northwood High School building in Silver Spring. During the summer of 2007, a new wing was added to the school, creating new classrooms for science and English.

Student body[edit]

Sherwood High School had 1,922 students enrolled for the 2016-2017 school year. The school's student body was 50% non-Hispanic Caucasian, 17% African American, 11% Asian, and 18% Hispanic.[4] The graduation rate for the school was 93.6%, with 79.3% planning to go on to college.[4] In SAT testing, students had an average score of 553 (math), 532 (verbal), and 1085 (total), which placed Sherwood under the Montgomery County average of 1102 (total), but above the national average of 1028 (total).[4] Approximately 65% of the students took an AP exam during the 2010-2011 school year, and about 74% of them passed.[5]


The International Studies Program distinguishes the school by providing a uniquely focused program. The program was established in 1998, coinciding with broader restructuring that occurred with the opening of the nearby James Hubert Blake High School. Blake High School, along with Paint Branch High School and Springbrook High School, formed the Northeast Consortium of schools. The consortium provides each with a uniquely specialized program which students can opt for instead of attending their local school. While Sherwood is not a member of the consortium, it established the International Studies Program. Sherwood is a member of the International Studies Schools Association, a national network of schools dedicated to improving students' understanding of the world.[6]

In 2006, Sherwood High School was listed in Newsweek's top 1200 American High Schools, as the 388th highest-rated school in the country, up 61 places from its 2005 ranking of 449.[7]

In 2008 the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded gold medals to the Leaves yearbook and the Warrior newspaper.[citation needed] The theme of the 2008 Leaves was "What Does It Take To Be a Warrior?"

A new system of academies was implemented beginning with the class of 2013. Students choose from four academies: Business and Hospitality; Engineering and Technology; Science; and Arts and Humanities. The academies allow students to specialize in their area of interest.


Sherwood High School has music programs, including the annual Rock 'n Roll Revival show, which was established in 1971.[8] The original concept for the show was conceived by a group of Sherwood students who were inspired after seeing a concert at Madison Square Garden in October 1971. Faculty members also appeared in the first show in 1972.[9] The show includes the performance of a mix of songs from the late 1950s to the late 1990s. Each March, Rock 'n' Roll Revival has performances over two weekends[10] at Ertzman Theatre, with a seventh performance for students in area middle and elementary schools.

Sherwood High School also has an Instrumental Music Department and offers jazz band, jazz lab, concert band, and symphonic orchestra. The Chambers Chorus performs many times during the year at area venues, and in March 2009 they toured Italy and performed in three cathedrals in Rome and Tuscany.[citation needed] Also offered are choruses including jazz choir, show choir, and a women's chorus.


The Sherwood Warriors varsity football team has won a several Maryland state championships, including 1995, 1996, and 2008.[11]

The boys' soccer team won the 2004 and 2005 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships.[12]

During the 2008 cross country season, Solomon Haile went undefeated en route the 4A Maryland State individual title and the Footlocker Cross Country Championship individual title.[13]

The Sherwood varsity basketball team won the 4A Maryland State Championship, held at the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, on March 10, 2007.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Among the Leafy Branches" Archived 2005-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "School Overview - Montgomery County Public Schools, Sandy Spring, MD". 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  3. ^ Grammar, Laura (February 14, 2006). "Among the Leafy Branches". The Warrior.
  4. ^ a b c "Sherwood HS at a Glance (PDF)" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Sherwood High in SANDY SPRING, MD - Test Scores - US News". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  6. ^ "International Studies Schools Association".
  7. ^ Mathews, Jay (May 23, 2006). "The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools".
  8. ^ "Rock 'n' Roll Revival".
  9. ^ "Rock rolls into town Friday night". The (Olney) Gazette. March 5, 1997.
  10. ^ Agresti, Aimee (March 2, 2003). "Olney's Golden Oldies; At Sherwood High, the 'Rock 'n' Roll Revival' Will Never Die". The Washington Post. p. F1.
  11. ^ Sandler, Michael (December 2, 1995). "NO. 6 SHERWOOD 13, NO. 4 GAITHERSBURG 0; Warriors Capture First State Title". The Washington Post.
  12. ^ Campbell, Rich (November 24, 2005). "Sherwood Finds Balance in Second Title". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ "Footlocker Cross Country Championship: 2008".
  14. ^ Wehmueller, John Y (March 12, 2007). "Sherwood proves best in county, and the state". The (Olney) Gazette.
  15. ^ "Sports In Brief All-American Opts for Penn State". Los Angeles Times. January 31, 1989. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  16. ^ "Break into Modeling for Under $20: How to Launch Your Career as a Fashion Model".
  17. ^ "IMDB: Scott Krinsky".
  18. ^ "Artist Update". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 2006-04-09.
  19. ^ Goff, Steven (April 11, 2006). "Onyewu Stands Out in Belgium". Washington Post.
  20. ^ USSoccerPlayers (February 2, 2007). "Onyewu Named to Squad to Face Fulham". United States National Soccer Team Players Association.
  21. ^ "This Is Not 'The End': Strategies to Get Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life".
  22. ^ "Tirico and Van Pelt 1 pm - 3 PM EST". ESPN 1230 Sports Radio. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  23. ^ "IMDB: Sean Whalen".

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Coordinates: 39°8′55.32″N 77°1′6.35″W / 39.1487000°N 77.0184306°W / 39.1487000; -77.0184306