The Park School of Baltimore Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Park_School_of_Baltimore

The Park School of Baltimore
Park gymnasium.jpg
Park's Athletic Center
2425 Old Court Rd


United States
Coordinates39°23′34″N 76°40′34″W / 39.3929°N 76.676°W / 39.3929; -76.676Coordinates: 39°23′34″N 76°40′34″W / 39.3929°N 76.676°W / 39.3929; -76.676
PrincipalMalika DeLancey (Lower School)
Joshua Wolf (Middle School)
Traci Wright (Upper School)
Head of schoolDaniel Paradis
GradesPre-K to 12
Age range4-18
Color(s)Brown and white
SloganLearn to Think
SongPark School
NewspaperThe Postscript
YearbookThe Brownie
MottoStrive On!

The Park School of Baltimore, known as Park, is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian, progressive day school for children in Pre-Kindergarten (age 4) through grade twelve. Park is located in Brooklandville, Maryland, near the city of Baltimore.


Park was founded in 1912 as a private K-12 school based on the principles of progressive education developed by John Dewey and others.[1][2][3]

The creation of the school was spurred by the firing of Baltimore City’s progressive Superintendent of Schools James Van Sickle by newly elected Mayor James H. Preston in 1911.[4] At the time the city’s private schools had quotas severely restricting the number of Jewish students admitted, and so Park adopted a policy of accepting all religions.[5]

Park opened its doors to 98 students on September 30, 1912, in a three-story townhouse in the Auchentoroly Terrace Historic District across from Druid Hill Park. It was advertised as “A Country School in the City.”[6][7]

As the school grew, it moved to a group of buildings on Liberty Heights Avenue in 1917.[8]

In 1950, Park’s student council passed a resolution calling for the school to "accept any applicant for admission, regardless of race, color or creed."[9] In June 1954, one month after U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision desegregating public schools, Park's Board of Trustees voted "to receive any applications from any family suitable in interest and ambition," becoming the first private school in the city to do so. Black students began attending Park in 1955. [10]

In 1959, Park moved to its current 100-acre campus on Old Court Road in Baltimore County. The school has undergone multiple expansions in recent years. More recent renovations include a new wing for science, mathematics, and technology in 1997; an Athletic Center in 2001; and a new visual and dramatic arts wing in 2003.[[11] [12]

In 2018, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit alleging that Park discriminated on the basis of gender in employment decisions it made about sports coaches.[13] The EEOC alleged that Park School violated federal anti-discrimination laws when it told a male softball coach that "it would not renew his contract for the 2017 softball season because of its 'preference for female leadership.'"[14] Park School settled the lawsuit in 2019 for $41,000.[14]

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "$100,000 For New School: To Be Co-Educational and To Ignore Religion". The Baltimore Sun. March 26, 1912.
  2. ^ "The Park School At 40". The Baltimore Sun. October 5, 1952.
  3. ^ September 2012, Jane Marion | (2012-09-09). "Park Heights". Baltimore Magazine. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  4. ^ "Finney, Frank And Rowland Removed: Commissioners Ousted by Mayor for Standing by Van Sickle". The Baltimore Sun. June 29, 1911.
  5. ^ Waesche, James F. (April 21, 1963). "Park School's First 50 Years". The Baltimore Sun.
  6. ^ "The Park School (advertisement)". The Baltimore Sun. September 17, 1912.
  7. ^ "Auchentoroly Terrace CHAP/National Register Historic District". baltimore city.gov. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  8. ^ The Brownie (yearbook). The Park School of Baltimore. 1917. p. 42.
  9. ^ 100: The Park School of Baltimore 1912-2012. The Park School of Baltimore. 2013. p. 80.
  10. ^ September 2012, Jane Marion | (2012-09-09). "Park Heights". Baltimore Magazine. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  11. ^ 100: The Park School of Baltimore 1912-2012. The Park School of Baltimore. 2013. p. 89.
  12. ^ September 2012, Jane Marion | (2012-09-09). "Park Heights". Baltimore Magazine. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  13. ^ "EEOC Sues Park School of Baltimore Inc. For Sex Discrimination". Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Park School of Baltimore Will Pay $41,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit". www.eeoc.gov. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  15. ^ "2008 Newbery Medal and Honor Books | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)". www.ala.org. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  16. ^ "2013 Newbery Medal and Honor Books | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)". www.ala.org. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  17. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick N. "Robert Austrian". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  18. ^ Byrne, Michael. "Q&A: Guy Blakeslee of the Entrance Band". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  19. ^ Kaufman, Sarah (1999-10-17). "Choreographer Martha Clarke, Back on Her Feet". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  20. ^ "Dept. of Useless BKLYN Minutiae: Yeasayer and Animal Collective = High-School Bros | The Village Voice". www.villagevoice.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  21. ^ "Jane Frank, three-dimensional painter, dies at 67". The Baltimore Sun. 3 June 1986. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  22. ^ The Johns Hopkins Circular University Register 1915-1916. 1916, No. 4. Johns Hopkins University Press. 1916. p. 83.
  23. ^ Nozick, Daniel (2017-02-10). "Park Alum Earns Prestigious Newbery Honor". Baltimore Jewish Times. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  24. ^ "Congressional Directory for the 115th Congress (2017-2018), July 2018. -". www.govinfo.gov. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  25. ^ Shapiro, Stephanie. "Native son proves once again pen is mightier than the sword Winner: Skewering public officials pays off for editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman with one of journalism's biggest prizes". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  26. ^ Pearce, Matt. "Reporter from Baltimore says he was slammed to ground by Montana politician". capitalgazette.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  27. ^ Hawkins, Samantha (2020-02-20). "Former Baltimore Colleagues Eager to See What Federal Judge Does in Roger Stone Case". Maryland Matters. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  28. ^ Kiehl, Stephen. "The principled villain of '24'". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  29. ^ Karni, Annie. "Annie Karni - White House Correspondent at The New York Times". LinkedIn. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  30. ^ Redfern, Mark. "My Firsts: Chris Keating of Yeasayer". undertheradarmag.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  31. ^ "About Steve". The Steve Krulevitz Tennis Program. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  32. ^ "Jeffrey Legum Celebrates 50 Years of Professional Success". 24-7 Press Release Newswire. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  33. ^ McDonald, Soraya Nadia (2017-08-04). "Are films like 'Step' inspiring or are they inner-city uplift porn?". The Undefeated. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  34. ^ Sun, By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore. "After years of struggle, Sondheim Prize winner celebrates". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  35. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris. "Baltimore native, Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman donates $250,000 to Baltimore School for the Arts". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  36. ^ "Josh Tyrangiel - 2012 - 40 Under Forty | Crain's New York Business". web.archive.org. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  37. ^ September 2010, Jess Blumberg | (2010-09-01). "Q&A with Peyton List of Mad Men". Baltimore Magazine. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  38. ^ Ettlin, Albert Sehlstedt Jr and David Michael. "Julius Westheimer". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  39. ^ Steinbach, Alice. "Physicist Edward Witten, on the trail of universal truth Interview with the Genius". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.

External links[edit]