Towson High School becomes latest Maryland Blue Ribbon winner


Towson High School has become the latest inductee to a prestigious and growing group of Baltimore County schools recognized statewide as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

The honor, announced December 17, 2010, by State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick, makes Towson the 15th Baltimore County school and third high school to be designated a state Blue Ribbon School. Towson High was one of six Maryland schools honored this year with the award, and one of only two high schools.

"The Maryland Blue Ribbon award for Towson High School is yet another confirmation of the strengths of our school system," says Dr. Joe A. Hairston, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools. "As we celebrate Towson High School's honor, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the same level of excellence, academic rigor, and educational opportunities for all public school students across Baltimore County."


Dr. Hairston joined Towson Principal Dr. Jane Barranger and members of her staff at the Blue Ribbon announcement on December 17 at the Maryland State Department of Education in downtown Baltimore. The news was kept under wraps by Barranger until staff members arrived at MSDE and joined in the celebration and a congratulatory luncheon afterward.

"The Blue Ribbon award is a great validation of our faculty and staff and their commitment to our students,” says Barranger. “I stand in awe of them."


MSDE recognized Towson for its superlative student performance. According to the state, Towson High students are 98 percent proficient and above in math and 99 percent in English. Seventeen percent of the seniors rank in the top 5 percent of students in the state, and more than 76 percent of students take the SAT. In addition, for the past several years, Newsweek magazine has named Towson High School to its annual list of the best high schools in the nation.

Asked to explain the school's success, Principal Barranger said, "It is a focus on common goals through the school system's Blueprint for Progress that enables us to cut through any distractions and focus on the needs of the students." She continued, "At Towson High, the magic happens in the classrooms on a daily basis. What we offer our students as instruction has to be interesting and has to be challenging. The achievements of our school and our school system validate that more kids can succeed and that, by adopting that philosophy as a country, we will be better off."


State officials will submit the school's achievement record for a national Blue Ribbon designation. Awardees will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in fall 2011.

Blue Ribbon School designation is a state and national program that recognizes schools that meet rigorous standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

As a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Towson High, which is in the top 15 percent of Maryland schools as measured by the Maryland School Assessments, again will be honored by Grasmick and other dignitaries at a banquet scheduled for March 14, 2011, in Annapolis and with a special tribute by the Maryland General Assembly. Towson High will receive more than $6,000 in technology equipment from Smart Technologies, $1,000 from MSDE and its corporate sponsors, and a school-wide pizza party from Joe Corbi's Pizza.

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