Centennial High School (Howard County, Maryland)

Centennial High School is a secondary school in Ellicott City, Maryland, United States, that opened in 1977. The school is based in Howard County and is part of the Howard County Public Schools system. The school is named after its road frontage on Centennial Lane, built in 1876 as a shortcut through Denton Hammond's slave plantation Burleigh Manor between Clarksville and Ellicott City.[2][3]

Centennial High School
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4300 Centennial Lane,

United States
Coordinates39°15′11″N 76°52′4″W / 39.25306°N 76.86778°W / 39.25306; -76.86778Coordinates: 39°15′11″N 76°52′4″W / 39.25306°N 76.86778°W / 39.25306; -76.86778
TypePublic high school
MottoCommitment to Excellence
PrincipalCynthia Dillon
Color(s)Red  , White  , and Blue (accent)  
RivalMount Hebron High School
NewspaperThe Wingspan
Feeder schoolsBurleigh Manor Middle School (Majority), Dunloggin Middle School, Ellicott Mills Middle School

In 1984–85, the school was recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the country through the USDE Secondary School Recognition Program.[4] In 1996, Centennial High School was the first high school within Maryland to achieve the excellence standard in all categories of the Maryland State Performance Assessment Program's (MSPAP) [expand acronym]report card.[citation needed] The school maintained these standards throughout 2000 and 2001. In 2008, the school was nominated by US News & World Report as a "silver medal" school, placing in the top 505 high schools nationwide.[5] In a 2012 joint study by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Centennial was ranked the second-best public high school in Maryland and number 111 in the nation.[6] In 2014, Centennial was ranked as the best public school in Maryland and 18th in the U.S.[7] In 2017 the school was awarded "gold medal" by US News & World Report which put it as 373rd best school nationwide and 11th in the State of Maryland.[8]

In 2015, the Centennial men's basketball team bested Westlake for the Maryland 3A state title.[9]

The school has a maximum capacity of 1,360 students, but through the addition of eight portable classrooms currently (as of 2017) enrolls over 1,614 students. Of those in attendance, 39.3% are White, 38.7% are Asian, 9.5% are African American, 5.1% are Hispanic, 0.3% are Native American, 0.2% are Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 6.9% are two or more races.[1]

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References and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2017-18 School profile" (PDF). HCPSS. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). Maryland, a Guide to the Old Line State. Oxford University Press. p. 330. ASIN B00CD8BQH8.
  3. ^ William Hand Browne (1956). Maryland Historical Magazine. Louis Henry Dielman Maryland Historical Society. p. 213.
  4. ^ Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 Archived June 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "America's Top Schools 2014". Newsweek. September 13, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Centennial High". US News & World Report. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Centennial boys basketball pulls away from Westlake for first state title". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Feinberg, Lawrence (September 9, 1989). "Student's Thesis Explores Her Black Identity". The Washington Post. p. B1.
  11. ^ Baker, Kent (November 7, 2006). "No. 15 seed Towson, No. 5 Maryland get byes in NCAA soccer". The Baltimore Sun.
  12. ^ Hazel, Jim (February 2, 1984). "Budding Scientists". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ D'Ippolito, Monica (July 11, 2016). "Ellicott City's Russell preparing for Olympics with USA Volleyball". The Baltimore Sun.
  14. ^ Nitkin, Karen (April 8, 2007). "Meet the Ulmans". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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