Urbana High School (UHS) was recognized by the state on Wednesday, April 17 as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School. State Superintendent Karen Salmon and Frederick County Superintendent Theresa Alban, in addition to elected officials and other dignitaries, visited UHS as part of the Blue Ribbon School Tour of Excellence.
“We’re proud of Urbana High School on being named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School, the only high school to earn the honor this year. Way to go, Hawks!” Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner said.
“The Blue Ribbon award honors UHS as an exemplary high-performing school where students achieve at very high levels,” according to a Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) press release. “… Urbana High was selected for the exceptional educational opportunities the school provides.”
According to FCPS, “By their senior year, 97 percent of students have taken rigorous offerings in International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses or career-technology courses leading to industry certifications. UHS students have a long-term track record of giving back to the community, having raised over $150,000 for pediatric cancer research and $100,000 to support special education programs such as the Rock Creek School. Scholar athletes and coaches earned UHS the Spires Division Principal’s Cup a third consecutive year in 2018 for sportsmanship and athletic achievement.”
Following the Blue Ribbon School Tour of Excellence ceremony, Principal David Kehne tweeted to the school community, “Humbled to be a part of an incredible school! Thanks to the staff and students who attended the celebration today. Thanks, too, to those who joined us from all over Maryland to celebrate UHS! #unity #pride #integrity.”
UHS is currently in the running for national Blue Ribbon School status. Only 12 Frederick County public schools have received national Blue Ribbon School awards. They are Urbana Elementary (2018), Centerville Elementary (2017), Kemptown Elementary (2015), New Market Elementary (2010), Windsor Knolls Middle (2002), Middletown Middle (1998), Yellow Springs Elementary (1994), Frederick High and Linganore High (1993), Gov. Thomas Johnson High (1991), Middletown Elementary (1990) and Middletown High (1987).