Stephen Decatur High School (Maryland)

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Stephen Decatur High School
Address
9913 Seahawk Road
Berlin, Maryland
United States
Information
Type Public High School (9-12)
Motto "The Decatur Way . . . The Way To Grow"
Established 1954
School district Worcester County Public Schools
Principal Thomas Zimmer
Campus 27.4 acres (111,000 m2)[1]
Color(s)

Royal Blue and White

         
Mascot Seahawks
Website

Stephen Decatur High School (SDHS) is a four-year public high school in Worcester County, Maryland, United States. The school was opened in 1954.

About the School[edit]

Stephen Decatur High School was named after Stephen Decatur, the naval war hero during the War of 1812 who was born in Worcester County. He was a Commodore and also fought in the Second Barbary War against pirates in the Mediterranean Sea.

The school is part of the Worcester County Public School system, which also includes three other high schools, Snow Hill High School, Pocomoke High School, and one vocational school, Worcester Technical High School.

Construction on the school began in 1952 and Stephen Decatur High School was dedicated in 1954. It was a consolidation of two old high schools, Ocean City High School in Ocean City, MD and Buckingham High School in Berlin, MD. The school originally served grades 7 through 12. The current facility has 192,335 sq ft (17,868.5 m2).[1]

Students[edit]

The graduation rate at Stephen Decatur High School has been steadily rising over the past 12 years. In 2007, the school saw its highest graduation rate in that period of time at 95.7%[2]

The fast-growing area of West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and Berlin is reflected in the student population at Stephen Decatur High School. From 895 students in 1993, the school had an enrollment of 1,436 in 2007.[3]

Student population [4]

2016 1,346
2015 1,299
2014 1,316
2013 1,341
2012 1,399
2011 1,436
2010 1,433
2009 1,390
2008 1,389
2007 1,436
2006 1,389
2005 1,384
2004 1,374
2003 1,302
2002 1,317
2001 1,251
2000 1,248
1999 1,170
1998 1,111
1997 1,076
1996 1,020
1995 985
1994 938
1993 895

Staff[edit]

The following people have been the principal at Stephen Decatur High School:[5]

Wilbur Jones 1954–1958
Mr. Whitehurst 1958–1963
William C. Tomlinson 1963–1966
Elmer Everton 1966–1968
Gladys Burbage 1968–1987
Tom Tucker 1987–1991
Anthony McNabb 1991–1994
Louis H. Taylor 1994–2012
Thomas Zimmer 2012–present

Sports[edit]

State Champions

  • 2008 - Wrestling (4A-3A)
  • 2002 - Boys Soccer (2A)[6]
  • 1998 - Boys Tennis Singles (Chris Zielinski)[7]
  • 1998 - Tennis Mixed Doubles (Katie Gibbons & Greg Zielinski)[7]
  • 1997 - Boys Tennis Singles (Greg Zielinski)[7]
  • 1997 - Tennis Mixed Doubles (Katie Gibbons & Chris Zielinski)[7]
  • 1996 - Boys Tennis Doubles (Chris Zielinski & Greg Zielinski)[7]
  • 1996 - Tennis Mixed Doubles (Katie Gibbons & Will Cathell)[8]
  • 1994 - Boys Tennis Singles (Dale Cathell)[7]
  • 1986 - Boys Track & Field (Class C)[9]
  • 1970 - Boys Basketball (Class B)[10]

State Runner-Up

  • 2016 - Boys Basketball (3A)
  • 2015 - Girls Lacrosse (3A-2A)
  • 2011 - Boys Swimming (3A-2A-1A)[11]
  • 2006 - Girls Lacrosse (3A-2A)[12]
  • 2005 - Golf (2A-1A)
  • 2001 - Boys Soccer (2A)[6]
  • 2000 - Boys Track & Field (2A)[9]
  • 1985 - Boys Track & Field (Class C)[9]
  • 1984 - Boys Track & Field (Class C)[9]
  • 1977 - Girls Basketball (Class B)[13]
  • 1971 - Boys Basketball (Class B)[10]
  • 1969 - Boys Basketball (Class B)

Regional Champions

Fall Sports

  • Football -- 1988, 1998, 2000, 2004
  • Boys Soccer -- 1994, 1996, 2001, 2002
  • Girls Soccer -- 2002, 2003
  • Volleyball -- 1979, 1980, 1994, 2001
  • Golf -- 1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Girls Cross Country -- 2002, 2005, 2006

Winter Sports

  • Boys Basketball -- 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1981, 1984, 1992, 2010, 2016, 2017
  • Girls Basketball -- 1977, 1989, 2001, 2004
  • Wrestling -- 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011
  • Girls Indoor Track -- 2009
  • Boys Swimming -- 2011
  • Girls Swimming -- 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014

Spring Sports

  • Baseball -- 2013
  • Softball -- 1979, 1991
  • Boys Lacrosse -- 2006
  • Girls Lacrosse -- 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Boys Track & Field -- 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Girls Track & Field -- 2002

Bayside Conference Champions

Fall Sports

  • Football -- 1974, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003 (2A Division), 2008 (South), 2010 (South)
  • Boys Soccer -- 1998, 2000, 2001, 2011
  • Girls Soccer -- 2002, 2003, 2014
  • Boys Cross Country -- 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Girls Cross Country -- 2002, 2005, 2008
  • Volleyball -- 1987, 2001, 2005
  • Golf -- 1991, 1992, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010*, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Winter Sports

  • Boys Basketball -- 2017
  • Girls Basketball -- 1977, 2015, 2016
  • Wrestling -- 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017
  • Boys Indoor Track -- 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Girls Indoor Track -- 2009, 2011, 2012

Spring Sports

  • Baseball -- 2009*, 2014
  • Boys Lacrosse -- 2008, 2012, 2013*
  • Girls Lacrosse -- 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013*, 2015, 2016
  • Tennis -- 1993, 2008, 2009*
  • Boys Track & Field -- 1985, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Girls Track & Field -- 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011

(*) Denotes Co-Champs


Robotics

  • 2014 - FIRST Robotics FRC Team #4288 North Carolina Regional Champion[14]
  • 2013 - FIRST Robotics FLL - Salisbury Qualifiers Champion[14]
  • 2012 - FIRST Robotics FLL - Salisbury Qualifiers Champion[14]
  • 2012 - FIRST Robotics FRC Team #4288 - Battle of Baltimore[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°20′26″N 75°11′24″W / 38.34068°N 75.19009°W / 38.34068; -75.19009