Towson High School is a high school in Baltimore County, Maryland, founded in 1873. The school's current stone structure was built in 1949. Located in the northern Baltimore suburb of Towson and serving the surrounding communities of Towson, Lutherville, and Ruxton, it is part of the Baltimore County Public Schools system, one of the nation's largest school systems. Area middle schools that feed into Towson High are Dumbarton Middle School, Ridgely Middle School, and Loch Raven Technical Academy, although students from other areas attend the Law and Public Policy magnet school. In 2008, Towson was ranked #240 in Newsweek magazine's "The 1,300 Top U.S. high schools" annual national survey.
Towson High School was originally located on East Chesapeake Avenue, in a small brick structure built in 1873. When it burned down in 1906, a replacement was built on Allegheny Avenue. In 1925, the high school moved to a larger 3-story brick structure at an adjacent site on Central Avenue and the vacated building was converted into an elementary school. This old Allegheny Avenue building still stands today, now used for County offices.
Construction of Towson High School's spacious present-day campus on the site of the old Aigburth Vale estate began in the late 1940s, as the Towson area's population surged upward following World War II. When the current campus at Cedar and Aigburth Avenues opened as Towson Senior High School in 1949, the former Central Avenue building became a Junior High School for grades later, Towson Elementary School. It is now a senior citizen center.
With the end of racial segregation in Baltimore County public schools in 1954, the African-American student body of the old Carver High School on York Road (now the Carver Center for Arts and Technology vocational school) was merged with Towson High School.
The library and science wing were added in the mid-1960s and the entire school underwent extensive upgrading in the late 1990s, including the installation of modern heating and air conditioning. As of 2008, only eight of Baltimore County's 23 public high schools are air conditioned. The school exceeded state-rated capacity according to September 2007 enrollment figures.
There are many clubs and activities in the arts, languages, music, career interests, and recreation from which students may choose. Particularly noteworthy are:
|Boys' lacrosse||1988, 1989, 1992|
1993, 1994, 1997
|Boys' soccer||1972, 1986•, 1991•|
|Boys' track and field||1953|
|Boys' cross country||1952, 1953, 1955,|
|Girls' cross country||1980, 1982, 1984|
|Mixed-Varsity Badminton||2006, 2007|
| • = denotes co-champions|
''Source: MPSSAA Official Tournement Records
Michael Phelps, as a 15-year old student at Towson High School, competed in the 2000 Olympics, the youngest American male swimmer to do so, and later that year he became the youngest man ever to set a world record in swimming.
The traditional rivals of Towson High School's Generals are the Lions of nearby Dulaney High School.
The school's alumni association, founded in 1907, says it is "one of the oldest, continuous, public school alumni associations in the U.S.". Well-known alumni include: