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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".

Sparrows Point High
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Aerial view of Sparrows Point High School
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TypePublic
Motto"Great Expectations and Wonders" "The East Side Dream Team"
Established1908
School districtBaltimore County Public Schools
PrincipalE. Caster
Staff19
Faculty60
Grades9-12
Number of students795
Color(s)Blue and gray          
MascotBooster The Pointer
Students per class27.6 - 29.0
Number of AP/IB courses offered18
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Each year, approximately 85% of the graduates elect to continue their education.

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Special programsEdit

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 creditEdit

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 HighEdit

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 needsEdit

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

Extracurricular programsEdit

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, the National Science 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.

SportsEdit

State championshipsEdit

Sparrows Point High School has won the following state championships:

  • 1961 - Boys basketball, class A[2]
  • 1974 - Boys soccer, class B[3]
  • 1975 - Boys soccer
  • 1976 - Boys soccer
  • 1979 - Baseball, class B
  • 1987 - Baseball
  • 2006 - Boys soccer
  • 2013 - Girls Soccer
  • 2014 - Girls Soccer
  • 2015 - Girls Soccer
  • 2016 - Girls Soccer
  • 2017 - Girls Soccer
  • 2017 - Boys Soccer

Notable alumniEdit

  • John A. Olszewski, Jr. (Class of 2000) - Hall of Fame (inducted 2016) - Member of the Maryland House of Delegates (2006- )
  • Ron Swoboda (Class of 1962) - Hall of Fame (inducted 2014) - Outfielder for the New York Mets; was the "star" in the 1969 World Series defeat of the Orioles
  • Robert M. Mroz (Class of 1962) - Hall of Fame (inducted 2016) - Founder, HY-TEK Bio - clean energy from algae - Founder, HY-TEK, Ltd. - world-class swim and Track & Field software required at all sanctioned meets worldwide, FIREARMS MANAGER Pro - Professional Weapons Management Software used by federal, state, local, military and other weapons-carrying organizations worldwide, Director of the Federal Communications Commission's Advanced Technologies Group 1994-1997, key participant in developing Cellular Telephone Service, Global Positioning Satellite Service, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Services, High-Definition Television Standards, automated radio-direction finding software for mobile and fixed sites, Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) technology, and participated in all Inaugural and diplomatic activities in the Washington, D.C. area for the FCC from 1976-1994.
  • Roger B. Hayden (Class of 1962) - Hall of Fame (inducted 2016) - County Executive of Baltimore County, Maryland (1990–1994)

PrincipalsEdit

  • 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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ MPSSAA Basketball Archived 2005-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ MPSSAA Boys Soccer Archived 2005-03-08 at the Wayback Machine

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