Posted on December 6, 2018

Towson High School
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A Magnet School is a public school with specialized courses or curriculae designed to draw students from around the area to get a start on their post-secondary education. Baltimore and Maryland have a number of these schools, ranging from Centers for the Arts to Health, Environmental Health, Law Policy and more. Admittance into one of these programs is a great way to kickstart your child’s future.

Today on Better Know a Magnet School, we look at Towson High School, ranked as “The Best Public High School in the Baltimore Area.”


Towson High School Stats

Address: 69 Cedar Avenue,Towson, Maryland 21204 (MAP)

Founded: 1873

Enrollment: 1,260

Motto: “A Tradition of Excellence.”]

District: Baltimore County Public High Schools

Mascot: The Generals

Rival: Dulaney High School Lions)

Average  Class Size: 27-29

Number of teachers: 93

Computer, Student Ratio: 1:2

Number of AP courses offered/Taken: 26/25. (2018-2019)

Serves: The Greater Towson, Lutherville, and Ruxton Area.

Middle School Feeders: Dumbarton Middle School, Ridgely Middle School, Loch Raven Academy


Famous Names: Towson High School has graduated such notable alumni as Maryland Delegate and former MD Gubernatorial Candidate Ellen Sauerbrey, Comedian and Drunk History writer Derek Waters, and most famously, 28 time Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, who attended his first Olympics while enrolled.


A Brief History: Founded in 1873, Towson High was originally located in a three story brick house on E. Chesapeake, but was moved twice before settling down in its current location after Towson’s population explosion after World War 2. After integration it’s population was merged with Carver High School. Recent renovations have made the class sizes smaller, and installed central air and heating throughout the school. Currently it’s biggest challenge is class size, the school’s hefty population mean a lot of portable facilities. Despite this, Towson is ranked highly among Maryland schools, ranked 484 in the US News and World Report's  best high schools list, given Baltimore Style’s Best Public School in the Baltimore area according to reader’s votes, and named one of the ten Baltimore Schools in the Washington Post’s “most challenging high schools,” based on a ratio of the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge tests given at a school.


Law and Public Policy Program: The Law and Public Policy program brings students from all over Baltimore County to get a jump start in a varied field. The students get to investigate topics related to the legal field and develop the skills needed to communicate effectively, write coherently, and present their findings on paper and in person.This program is not for the weak of heart, hence the Post’s “Most Challenging” ranking. Not only is it rigorous but offers a lot of challenging opportunities both in school, and through a varied field experience that includes internships and job shadowing with legal and public policy experts. To graduate requires seven credits over the course of four years.


Students are required to take subjects like government in their freshman year, to a combination of Public Policy or Law in their senior year.


Admission, according to the LPP site:


Admission to the Law and Public Policy Program is based on academic achievement in middle school. Accepted applicants will have maintained quarterly grades of no lower than a B average in all core curriculum subjects taken in 7th grade and the first quarter of 8th grade. Core curriculum includes English, Math, Social Studies and Science. In addition, candidates for admission should be taking Algebra I or higher in 8th grade. Applicants will also be evaluated by performance on the admissions assessment and the completion of an essay written on site at the time of the test. The essay does not require previous knowledge of law or any specific academic subject.


Applications start in 9th grade, and there are transportation opportunities for all of Baltimore County.


For more information about the Law and Public Policy Program click here.


For more information on Towson High School, your link is here.


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