Atholton High School

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Atholton High School
Address
Map
6520 Freetown Road

,
21044

United States
Information
TypePublic Secondary
Established1966[1]
School districtHoward County Public Schools
PrincipalNicholas Novak
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,498 (2023)[2]
Color(s)Green   and White  
MascotRaider
NewspaperThe Raider Review
Websiteahs.hcpss.org

Atholton High School is a high school in Columbia, Maryland, United States and is a part of the Howard County Public School System. The school hosts an Army JROTC program.[2] The school mascot is the Raider.

History[edit]

Atholton takes its name from a 600-acre (240 ha) land grant named "Athol" granted from King Charlles to James MacGill 17 August 1732. He built a nearby manor house named "Athol" built between 1732 and 1740. The name "Athol" was created to honor MacGill's ancestral home in Scotland.[3] In 1845, Nicolas Worthington freed seventeen of his slaves, and gave them 150 acres (61 ha) of the "Athol enlarged" land which was then called "Freetown".[4] The community was briefly a postal town named Atholton, Maryland. The school sites were later considered part of Simpsonville, Maryland, and later Columbia, Maryland.

The Howard County school system was segregated since the building of the Ellicott City Colored School in 1888. The first Atholton school was a one-room colored school house next to Locust Church given by John R. and Susie Clark in 1885. Students transferred to Guilford in 1939. School property was bought for $200 by the Locust Church. In 1941, an additional acre was not accounted for, then sold on a separate bid for $701 to Herbert M Brown.

Harriet Tubman site[edit]

In 1948, a new 10-room high school called Atholton Colored School was ordered. It was designed by Francis Thuman to be built in Simpsonville with a $280,000 budget.[5] The cornerstone was set on September 25, 1948, by the Colored Masonic Lodge.[6] Clarksville students were used to operate the bulldozers used in grading.[7] At the students request, the school was renamed to the Harriet Tubman High School.[8] In 1954, Segregation was outlawed by the supreme court in Brown v. Board of Education. Howard County eliminated one class of segregated students a year, taking 11 years to implement integrated classes.[9][10] Modern accounts of the development of Columbia note that Rouse Company donated land for public schools, but prior to the requirement, the company sold unusable land from its 1963 purchases to build Columbia back to the school board. The company sold 10 usable acres (4.0 ha), and 10 unbuildable acres adjoining the school, at market rate, to "meet new state standards".[11]

The High School would later be renamed the Harriet Tubman building, to be used by the Board of Education. In 1981 Grassroots Crisis Center operated a homeless shelter from the facility. In 2006, James N. Robey issued $1.6 million in Howard County loans to Grassroots to build an enlarged homeless facility on the Atholton School grounds.[12] Centered around the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the school, The Howard County Center of African American Culture has petitioned to relocate from Oakland Manor to the Harriet Tubman building. The offices used by school system were listed as the top endangered historical site in Howard county by Preservation Howard County in 2015.[13]

Atholton High School[edit]

Atholton High School

In 1966 a new integrated high school was built alongside the old school taking the name Atholton High School. The school has been renovated and expanded several times. In 2012 a $51.3 million project[14] was started to renovate the school again with students in place. The structure will use temporary classrooms in its expansion from 206,000 square ft to 250,000 sf.[15]

Students[edit]

Atholton's student population has been in flux over the past 15 years. As of April 2024, Atholton is designed for 1,530 students with a current enrollment of 1,498 students,[2] making Atholton a 3A school.[16]

The student population as of September 2023 is ≤5% Native American or Alaskan, 18.5% Asian, 31.4% Black or African American, ≤5% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 13.5% Hispanic or Latino, 28.3% White or Caucasian, and 8.1% Two or more races.[2]

Student population[17][18]
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2020 2023
1,162 1,241 1,407 1,487 1,120 1,070 1,094 1,113 1,182 1,218 1,154 1,198 1,251 1,365 1,370 1,442 1,474 1,472 1,498

Athletics[edit]

Atholton has won the following state championships & athletic accomplishments:[19][20][21]

  • 2019 - Girls' Volleyball, 3A State Champions
  • 2018 - Girls Outdoor Track and Field, State Champions
  • 2017 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Finalist, State Semi-Finalist
  • 2017 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Champions, Undefeated
  • 2017 - Girls Basketball, 3A State Finalists
  • 2016 - Girls' Volleyball, 3A State Champions
  • 2016 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Finalist, State Semi-Finalist
  • 2015 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Finalist, State Semi-Finalist
  • 2014 - Golf District 3A Champion
  • 2014 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Champions,[22] State Semi-Finalist
  • 2013 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference Varsity Champions,[22] State Semi-Finalist
  • 2012 - Ice Hockey, Maryland Student Hockey League State 2A Varsity Champions[23]
  • 2012 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference 2A Varsity Champions[24]
  • 2012 - Field Hockey, 3A State Champions
  • 2012 - Girls' Golf County Champions
  • 2011 - Howard County Football Champions
  • 2011 - Boys' Indoor Track
  • 2008 - Boys' Cross Country
  • 2007 - Girls' Basketball[25]
  • 2007 - Tennis Mixed Doubles
  • 2006 - Boys' Indoor Track 3A-2A[26]
  • 2005 - Girls' Track & Field[27]
  • 2004 - Boys' Soccer[28]
  • 2003 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference 2A Varsity Champions
  • 2002 - Ice Hockey, Howard Conference 2A Varsity Champions
  • 2002 - Baseball[29]
  • 2001 - Girls' Track & Field
  • 1998 - Boys' Indoor Track 2A-1A
  • 1997 - Boys' Indoor Track 2A-1A
  • 1997 - Boys' Track & Field[30]
  • 1996 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1995 - Boys' Indoor Track 2A-1A
  • 1995 - Tennis Mixed Doubles
  • 1990 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1989 - Girls' Volleyball[31]
  • 1989 - Boys' Cross Country[32]
  • 1989 - Girls' Cross Country[33]
  • 1988 - Girls' Volleyball
  • 1988 - Girls' Cross Country
  • 1988 - Ice Hockey, Founding Member, Maryland Student Hockey League[34]
  • 1987 - Girls' Cross Country
  • 1967 - Boys' Cross Country

Notable alumni[edit]

Special programs[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Atholton High set to celebrate 50th anniversary". Baltimore Sun. October 15, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "School profile" (PDF). HCPSS. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  3. ^ "Athol" (PDF). Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Barbara W Feaga. Howard's Roads to the Past. p. 85.
  5. ^ "Howard County School Board Meeting October 12, 1948" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 2, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Howard County Board Meetining September 1948" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 2, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "1949 minutes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "1949 Board Minutes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Janet P. Kusterer, Victoria Goeller. Remembering Ellicott City: Tales from the Patapsco River Valley.
  10. ^ "Howard County School Board Apologizes for Earlier Segregation". The Baltimore Sun. 15 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Planning and Operations Report on Howard County". November 1, 2014. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Robey Plans Loan to Help Grassroots Build Facility". The Baltimore Sun. August 23, 2006.
  13. ^ Amanda Yeager (May 26, 2015). "Former school tops Howard County's endangered sites list". The Baltimore Sun.
  14. ^ "Oak Contracting Awarded $51.3 million renovation to Atholton High School". Archived from the original on August 11, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  15. ^ Lindsey McPherson (August 17, 2012). "Schools get summer construction makeovers". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "High School Enrollment Numbers" (PDF). Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  17. ^ Maryland State Department of Education[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Atholton High School PROFILE" (PDF). www.hcpss.org. December 2023. Retrieved April 9, 2024.
  19. ^ "Fall Record Book" (PDF). Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  20. ^ "Winter Record Book" (PDF). Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  21. ^ "Spring Record Book" (PDF). Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  22. ^ a b Andrew Conrad (February 8, 2014). "Atholton ice hockey comes back to beat Glenelg for Howard Cup". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  23. ^ Andrew Conrad (February 28, 2012). "Ice hockey: Atholton wins its first Maryland 2A State Championship - The Capitals Cup, 6-2". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  24. ^ Andrew Conrad (February 18, 2012). "Ice hockey: Atholton wins first county cup; advances to state tournament". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  25. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  26. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  27. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  28. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  29. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  30. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  31. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  32. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  33. ^ MPSSAA Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  34. ^ "Ice hockey: Atholton is one of nine founders of the Maryland Student Hockey League".
  35. ^ "Atholton High graduate Sofia Harrison competes for the Philippines in 2023 Women's World Cup". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  36. ^ "Derek Phillips". SocaWarriors. Soca Warriors Online. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  37. ^ Haynes, Allana. "The story of Columbia resident and legendary soccer coach Lincoln Phillips will head to the big screen". Yahoo! News. Howard County Times. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  38. ^ Duggan, Paul (6 August 2011). "Md. family's journey into heartache". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  39. ^ Wesley Case (December 12, 2017). "The Cars, led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek, get another shot at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  40. ^ Edward Lee (November 1, 2015). "For Atholton graduate, budding speed skater, ambitions on the ice burn red-hot". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  41. ^ Andrew Michaels (November 28, 2017). "Students at Howard County's Application and Research Lab test new virtual reality gear". The Howard County Times. The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  42. ^ "Vanessa E. Atterbeary, Esq". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland Government. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  43. ^ "M. Courtney Watson, Esq". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland Government. Retrieved 14 April 2024.
  44. ^ "GAM - Former Senator Allan H. Kittleman". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  45. ^ Curtis, Kathy (November 20, 1996). "High schools present fall drama productions". The Baltimore Sun. p. 73. Retrieved November 11, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  46. ^ Matt Owings (December 3, 2013). "Atholton grad Lombardozzi shipped to Detroit in multi-player deal". The Howard County Times. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  47. ^ Jon Gallo and Mary Otto (April 18, 2006). "Wheelchair Athlete Wins Right to Race Alongside Runners". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  48. ^ Brittany Britto (January 5, 2018). "Maryland native DeWanda Wise to make Marvel movie debut in 'Captain Marvel'". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  49. ^ Raider Review (school newspaper)
  50. ^ Space Raiders 2537

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