Sherwood High School (Maryland)
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|Sherwood High School.|
|Motto||Respect for Each, Rigor for each, Reach out to Each.|
|Location||Sandy Spring, Maryland, USA|
|District||Montgomery County Public Schools|
|Rival||Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School Damascus High School Quince Orchard High School|
|School Song||Among the Leafy Branches|
Sherwood High School is a secondary school in Sandy Spring in unincorporated Montgomery County, Maryland. 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 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. 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 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 Wheaton. During the summer of 2007, a new wing was added to the school, creating new class rooms for science and English.
Sherwood High School has 2240 students enrolled for the 2005-2006 school year. The school's student body is 63% Caucasian, 15.6% African American, 11.1% Asian, 9.9% Hispanic, and 0.4% American Indian. The graduation rate for the school is 93.6%, with 79.3% planning to go on to college. 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).
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.
In 2008 the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded gold medals to the Leaves yearbook and the Warrior newspaper. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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.
The boys varsity lacrosse team has won several divisional titles, and they won the 2003 regional championship.
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.
On February 9, 2008, Warriors' Pom Squad won the Division I-West title. 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 one states for three years in a row (2010,2011,2012).
The 2012 Girls Softball team won states.
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- Oguchi Onyewu, a United States National Team, and AC Milan soccer player.
- Justin Maxwell, Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros.
- Eric W. Brown, an artist, songwriter, musician, vocalist, drummer and producer.
- SGT. James Mcilvaine, USMC, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died April 30, 2009 in Camp Baharia, Iraq, while conducting combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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