James_M._Bennett_High_School

James M. Bennett High School

James M. Bennett Senior High School is a high school located in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland. It is part of the Wicomico County Public School system. It is one of four public high schools in Wicomico County along with Mardela Middle and High School, Parkside High School and Wicomico High School. It was established in 1962. It has an enrollment of 1370 in grades nine through twelve, and 110 teachers and assistants.

Background

It is currently headed by principal Lori Batts, who is aided by Vice Principal and Larry Collins, and Dean of Students Erica Frostrom. The Academic Department Chairs are Jeff Royer for Science, Rachel Ludke-Jones for Math, Pat Dittrich for Social Studies, and Mary Lou Coffin for English.

James M. Bennett High School is currently in the funding stages for a replacement building. Construction is slated to start in 2008, with a goal completion date of 2011. The new building will include state of the art technology, including geothermal heating control, and up-to-date educational tools such as LCD projectors, digital white boards, and document cameras replacing the current overhead projectors and chalkboards.

Athletics

James M. Bennett High School has won the following state championships:

State Champions

  • 2007 - Wrestling
  • 2006 - Baseball
  • 2004 - Girls' Track & Field
  • 2003 - Golf
  • 2003 - Boys' Basketball
  • 1993 - Field Hockey
  • 1985 - Football
  • 1984 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1983 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1983 - Football
  • 1982 - Football
  • 1979 - Boys' Track & Field

Finalist

  • 2004 - Baseball
  • 2004 - Girls' Soccer
  • 2003 - Boys' Basketball
  • 1999 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1990 - Field Hockey
  • 1985 - Baseball
  • 1985 - Field Hockey
  • 1984 - Football
  • 1983 - Volleyball
  • 1982 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1980 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1978 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1975 - Baseball
  • 1972 - Boys' Track & Field
  • 1971 - Chode

Semifinalist

  • 2006 - Volleyball
  • 2004 - Boys' Basketball
  • 2003 - Baseball
  • 2003 - Volleyball
  • 2002 - Volleyball
  • 2002 - Field Hockey
  • 2001 - Girls' Soccer
  • 2000 - Field Hockey
  • 1997 - Softball
  • 1992 - Baseball
  • 1990 - Football
  • 1988 - Field Hockey
  • 1987 - Football
  • 1986 - Baseball
  • 1986 - Softball
  • 1985 - Boys' Basketball
  • 1984 - Baseball
  • 1983 - Volleyball
  • 1981 - Field Hockey
  • 1980 - Baseball
  • 1977 - Baseball
  • 1977 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1976 - Baseball
  • 1976 - Girls' Basketball
  • 1975 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1975 - Field Hockey
  • 1974 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1973 - Boys' Soccer
  • 1968 - Boys' Basketball

Quarter-finalist

  • 1989 - Football
  • 1988 - Football
  • 1986 - Football

Academics

The Marching Clippers band is led by Band Director Doug Miles, and has won numerous accolades in recent years, including traveling to the ACC championships.

JMB's Destination ImagiNation creative problem-solving teams have success in recent years. Two teams qualified for travel to Global Finals in 2003 (one state-champion, one runner-up) In 2007, a team of freshmen won the state championship and traveled to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for the Global Finals tournament.

The school's Academic Challenge team has also fared well in recent years, placing in the top three in the Comcast Academic Challenge for four straight years, and appearing on WJZ-TV's high school quiz show It's Academic.

Current Advanced Placement offerings at James M. Bennett include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature, U.S. Government and Politics, United States History, European History, Calculus, Spanish, and Latin.

The school's faculty and staff have won numerous awards in recent years. In 2004, Patricia Adkins was named the Maryland's Vice-Principal of the Year. Brian Raygor was the 2004-05 Wicomico County Teacher of the Year, and recipient of the National Association of Biology Teacher's Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. Biology teacher Jeff Royer was recognized as being Technology Educator of the Year in 2004. Raygor, Cheryl Doughty (Family and Consumer Science), Don Abbatiello (Social Studies) and Lisa Santore (English Language Learners) have earned National Teacher Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Doughty was also recognized as a "Service Learning Fellow" for her innovative student service learning projects and webpage. Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year recipients include social studies teacher Josh McKelvy and English teacher Mary Lou Coffin.

Students

Graduation rates at James Bennett High School have significantly improved over the past 12 years. In 1999, the graduation rate was near 69%, though in 2007 the rate had climbed to 88%.

James Bennett High School's enrollment has been steadily increasing over the past 12 years. The enrollment peaked in 2005 at 1,388.

Student population
2007 1,303
2006 1,381
2005 1,388
2004 1,358
2003 1,370
2002 1,320
2001 1,300
2000 1,260
1999 1,216
1998 1,251
1997 1,263
1996 1,218
1995 1,220
1994 1,207
1993 1,124

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