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|Bel Air High School|
100 Heighe Street
|School district||Harford County Public Schools|
|Number of students||1,581 (2015-16)|
|Color(s)||Blue, White and Red|
Entrance to the new (2009) building
Entrance to the previous (1950) building
Bel Air High School began as the Harford County Academy when it was formed by an act of the Maryland General Assembly in 1811. The first school building was a stuccoed stone building built at 24 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, and the name was soon changed to the Bel Air Academy in 1815. John Wilkes Booth attended the school in the 1850s.
In 1867, while the Bel Air Academy was operating separately, a wooden one-room school house was built on Main Street, which functioned as the main public school of the county.
In 1882, a brick public school was built at 45 East Gordon Street. The school was renamed the Bel Air Academy and Graded School as the old academy merged with the public school system. This building housed classes for all students above the third grade. Additions to the building were made in 1897 and 1910. This building became solely a grade school in 1924 and headquartered the Harford County Board of Education after 1951.
Bel Air High School, named thus for the first time, was first formed in 1907, and classes were held at the Gordon Street building and the Pennsylvania Avenue building.
The past facility at 100 Heighe Street was opened in 1950, with additional renovations made in 1954, 1968 and 1983. The building had a design capacity of 1,423 students; as a result, 11 "portables" were in use to provide additional classroom space. A new building was scheduled for completion for the graduating class of 2010.
The current Bel Air High School building was built in 2009, and has a capacity of 1,668 students. Some new features of the school are its auditorium/stage, cafeteria, library, and multiple sports facilities.
The student body over time:
- Year Students
- 2017 – 1,564
- 2012 – 1,647
- 2011 – 1,574
- 2010 – 1,431
- 2009 – 1,380
- 2008 – 1,403
- 2007 – 1,683
- 2005 – 1,636
- 2004 – 1,647
- 2003 – 1,573
- 2002 – 1,573
- 2001 – 1,587
- 2000 – 1,555
- 1999 – 1,524
- 1998 – 1,440
- 1997 – 1,383
- 1996 – 1,312
- 1995 – 1,295
- 1994 – 1,272
- 1993 – 1,238
- John Wilkes Booth, Actor, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln
- Joseph H. Deckman, elected to National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1965.
- Donald C. Fry, former Maryland Senator and Delegate.
- James M. Harkins, former Maryland Delegate (1990-1998), Harford County Executive (1998-2005), & leader of Maryland Environmental Services (2005–present).
- J. Robert Hooper, Maryland State Senator (1936 - 2008)
- Donna Stifler, Delegate for District 35A
- Richard Cassilly, Metropolitan Opera NYC
- Julienne Irwin Finalist on the NBC show America's Got Talent
- Andrew Berry, General Manager of the Cleveland Browns
- "Bel Air High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
- Harford County Public Schools Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Booth Family Historic Sites Archived 2005-04-14 at the Wayback Machine, Historical Society of Harford County (Md.), March, 2002
- The Historic Board of Education Building Archived 2005-04-05 at the Wayback Machine, ibid.
- "1993 to 2017 Enrollment for All Grades, All Students". Archived from the original on October 1, 2018.
- "Lacrosse Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bel Air High School.|
- Bel Air High School – official website
- Bel Air High School profile from Harford County Public Schools
- School State performance report