Sparrows Point High School

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Sparrows Point High
Sparrows Point High School.jpg
Aerial view of Sparrows Point High School
Location
7400 North Point Road
Sparrows Point, MD

United States
Information
Type Public
Motto "Great Expectations and Wonders" "The East Side Dream Team"
Established 1908
School district Baltimore County Public Schools
Principal E. Caster
Staff 19
Faculty 60
Grades 9-12
Number of students 795
Color(s)

Blue and gray

         
Mascot The Pointer
Newspaper The Pointer
Students per class 27.6 - 29.0
Number of AP/IB courses offered 18
Phone number (410) 887-7517
Website

Sparrows Point High is a comprehensive high school for students in grades 9 - 12 and is one of the 24 high schools in the Baltimore County Public Schools. The current enrollment is 795 with 27.6 - 29.0 students per class. The school was established in 1908 and is located on a 35-acre (140,000 m2) campus in the southeastern corner of Baltimore County on a peninsula, which juts out into the Chesapeake Bay. The staff includes three administrators, 60 teachers, three guidance counselors, one librarian, eight instructional assistants, and four clerical personnel. Sparrows Point High is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and by the Maryland State Department of Education. The school's colors are blue and gray and the mascot is the "Pointer".

Each year, approximately 85% of the graduates elect to continue their education.

Special Programs[edit]

S.P.E.C.I.E.S.[edit]

SPECIES, (Sparrows Point Educational Center in Environmental Studies) is a magnet program for students with particularly intense interest in science. Magnet students are recruited throughout the eastern half of Baltimore County. The program provides in-depth experiences in a wide variety of aquatic and environmentally related sciences. Courses offering college credit are part of the SPECIES Program.

College credit[edit]

College credit is earned every year by students who take the Advanced Placement exams. Additionally, seniors may attend classes for half of each day at The Community College of Baltimore County. Students in this program may earn as many as fifteen college credits before they graduate from high school.

Sollers Point Technical High[edit]

Approximately 20 percent of the students attend Sollers Point Technical High School for half of each school day to gain technical skills. Various other vocational programs are available, several of which culminate in cooperative work-study experience.

Special Needs[edit]

A Maryland’s Tomorrow program[1] is available for at-risk students and a special education program is offered for learning-disabled students.

Extracurricular Programs[edit]

Many programs exist for Sparrows Point students beyond the regular curriculum. A complete interscholastic athletic program is offered that includes fall, winter, and spring sports. Students publish a literary magazine, newspaper, and yearbook. Chapters of the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, and the National Music Honor Society are all active at Sparrows Point, as are Future Business Leaders of America, Future Educators of America, and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). The Student Government gives students opportunities to gain leadership experience. Instrumental and vocal music ensembles are also available. FUSION, an independent Christian-based after school program, has had a presence at Sparrows Point since 2009.

Sports[edit]

State championships[edit]

Sparrows Point High School has won the following state championships:

  • 1961 - Boys basketball, class B[2]
  • 1974 - Boys soccer, class B[3]
  • 1975 - Boys soccer
  • 1976 - Boys soccer
  • 1979 - Baseball, class B
  • 2006 - Boys soccer
  • 2013 - Girls Soccer
  • 2014 - Girls Soccer
  • 2016 - Girls Soccer

Notable Alumni[edit]

Principals[edit]

  • Joseph Blair (1908–1931)
  • Benjamin Willis (1931–1932)
  • Austin Wheeler (1932–1940)
  • William Sartorius (1940–1942)
  • Taylor Johnston (1942–1947)
  • William Jones (1947–1948)
  • Nelson Hurley (1948–1956)
  • Paul Dowling (1956–1963)
  • Howard Ritter (1963–1967)
  • Anthony Marchione (1967–1970)
  • Wayne Burgemeister (1970–1977)
  • Dr. Michael Eder (1977–1984)
  • Nicholas Spinnato (1984–1990)
  • Keith Harmeyer (1991–1994)
  • Dr. Margaret Spicer (1994–1998)
  • Harold Hatton (1998–1999)
  • Wayne Thibeault (1999–2001)
  • Robert SantaCroce (2002–2012)
  • Samuel Wynkoop (2012-2015)
  • Emily Caster (2015-Present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bcps.org/offices/alted/mtp/
  2. ^ MPSSAA Basketball
  3. ^ MPSSAA Boys Soccer

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°14′18″N 76°26′25″W / 39.23837°N 76.44030°W / 39.23837; -76.44030