Sherwood High School (Maryland)

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Sherwood High School.
300 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Sandy Spring, Maryland, 20860
United States
Type Public Secondary
Motto Respect for Each, Rigor for each, Reach out to Each.
Established 1906
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal William Gregory
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2135 (2008)
Campus Suburban
Mascot Warriors
Rival Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School
Damascus High School
Quince Orchard High School
Newspaper The Warrior
School Song Among the Leafy Branches

Sherwood High School is a secondary school in Sandy Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland.[1] Sherwood's program of interest is the international studies program, and is also known for its music and athletic programs. Sherwood draws students from Farquhar and Rosa Parks Middle Schools.

Sherwood serves the towns 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.[2] 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,[3] and the one thousand 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 class rooms for science and English.

Student body[edit]

Sherwood High School had 2076 students enrolled for the 2010-2011 school year. The school's student body is 58% Non-Hispanic Caucasian, 15% African American, 10% Asian, 13% Hispanic, and 0.2% American Indian.[4] The graduation rate for the school is 93.6%, with 79.3% planning to go on to college.[3] In SAT testing, students have an average score of 553 (math), 532 (verbal), and 1085 (total), which places Sherwood under the Montgomery County average of 1102 (total), but above the national average of 1028 (total).[3] Approximately 65% of the students took an AP exam during the 2010-2011 school year, and about 74% of those students passed those exams.[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 the 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 has been implemented beginning with the class of 2013. There are four academies that students can choose from: 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 a 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 different 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 most recently, 2008.[11] The Warriors also made it to the state finals but lost to Suitland High School in 2006, Damascus High School in 2005, to Parkdale High School in 2002, and to Gaithersburg High School in 2000.[12][13] O n December 5, 2008, they defeating Linganore High School 21-3 and won the 4A state title with the first undefeated record in school history at 14-0.

The boys soccer team won the 2004 and 2005 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships.[14]

The boys varsity lacrosse team has won several divisional titles, and they won the 2003 regional championship.

In the 2008 baseball season, Sherwood was the Maryland 4A State Champions, after finishing runner-up in 2007 to Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

In fall 2003, the boys varsity cross-country team won the state championship for the first time in nearly 25 years. In 2006 they placed second in the state meet.

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.[15]

On February 9, 2008, Warriors' Pom Squad won the Division I-West title. They also won the Division 1 title in 2011. On November 22, 2008, the varsity cheerleaders placed first in the MCPS Cheerleading Competition. Sherwood Cheerleading last won the MCPS championship in 2005.

In February 2011, the Sherwood Pom Squad were the Division 1 Champions backed by an undefeated season.

The Girls Volleyball team has won states for three years in a row (2010,2011,2012).

The 2012 Girls Softball team won states.

In 2012, the Girls Varsity Soccer Team (SHSGVS) won states.

SHSGVS are back to back regional finalists (winning in 2012).

SHSGVS won Sectionals in 2013.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Grammar, Laura (February 14, 2006). "Among the Leafy Branches". The Warrior. 
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  5. ^ Sherwood High in SANDY SPRING, MD | Test Scores | US News
  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. ^ Levine, Andrew (December 10, 2005). "Damascus Clears Final Hurdle". The Washington Post. 
  13. ^ "Prince George's Sports Year in Review: The Fall". The Washington Post. June 5, 2003. 
  14. ^ Campbell, Rich (November 24, 2005). "Sherwood Finds Balance in Second Title". The Washington Post. 
  15. ^ Wehmueller, John Y (March 12, 2007). "Sherwood proves best in county, and the state". The (Olney) Gazette. 
  16. ^ "Tirico and Van Pelt 1 pm - 3 PM EST". ESPN 1230 Sports Radio. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Sports In Brief All-American Opts for Penn State". Los Angeles Times. January 31, 1989. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  18. ^ Nourmohammadi, Nesa (June 15, 2011). "Long-time Sherwood teacher to retire Friday". The Gazette. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Artist Update". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 2006-04-09. 
  20. ^ Goff, Steven (April 11, 2006). "Onyewu Stands Out in Belgium". Washington Post. 
  21. ^ USSoccerPlayers (February 2, 2007). "Onyewu Named to Squad to Face Fulham". United States National Soccer Team Players Association. 
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