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Olszewski encourages “the wearing of the blue” tomorrow, January 10

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today that the lights on the dome of the Historic Courthouse will be turned blue tonight and tomorrow evening in support of Baltimore County Public Schools and its “Team BCPS Day” community outreach initiative.

In addition, the County Executive invites County residents and employees to wear blue tomorrow, Thursday, January 10 in support of Team BCPS Day, to show that they are a part of Team BCPS. 

"We are pleased to support Team BCPS Day as a way to celebrate the school system’s achievements and encourage engagement in our schools and throughout the community," said Olszewski. 

How to Share Your Team BCPS Blue Pride

Team BCPS members, students, parents, business partners and alumni can get involved by posting photos of themselves wearing BCPS’ signature blue or by sharing written or recorded messages about what Team BCPS means to them on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #BCPSblue. They can also send photos and messages to

“We are delighted that County Executive Olszewski is lighting the Historic Courthouse with BCPS blue pride and we look forward to seeing Team BCPS members wearing their blue tomorrow all across the County," said BCPS Superintendent Verletta White.

To find out more about how to be an active member of Team BCPS, please visit

By Margot Deguet-Delury, Junior, Carver Center for Arts & Technology

I am now in my eleventh year as a student in the Baltimore County school system. And the guidance counselors, teachers, and peers that I talked to in the past weren’t lying— junior year is a lot of work. This is the year of crushing everything you possibly can into your schedule, throwing yourself into your passions, begrudgingly spending your evenings on the classes you don’t particularly like, and hoping that somehow your dream college will notice you.

For students, this can be a taxing process. I’m currently taking four AP classes, starting a club against gun violence and serving as Vice-President of our school Model UN team.  And I still doubt whether I will even begin to stand out from thousands of equally qualified students.

My success in high school is also an undertaking for my parents. They worry over watching their daughter work so hard, and they probably can’t help but wonder whether it’s worth it.

My dad was born and raised in France and he claims to have never done any homework at all. My mom thinks that I’m bordering on having a caffeine addiction, and has come downstairs a few too many times to find me sleeping on the couch, my head lying on an open textbook.

For me, American Education Week is about the parents who have sacrificed their time, energy, and gas mileage to making sure that your education always comes first. It is about the parents who sometimes don’t understand why you have to miss family movie nights, game nights, and even dinner, to brush up on the process of neurotransmission.

Parents should see, first hand, that their time, and their child’s time, is being put to good use. They need to know how interesting AP Psychology is, how passionate their child’s Literary Arts teacher is, and how much the school cares about their child’s future.

I am beyond grateful for the community that has helped me along to my junior year. My teachers, friends and family have supported me through every late night and stress-inducing final exam. Baltimore County schools have helped me to become the most focused and involved version of myself. My parents have supported me - and stocked the house with finals week snacks.

Frankly, my parents have come to enough American Education Weeks, recitals, and poetry readings to know what my life is like at school. But for those parents who haven’t taken this opportunity, I would highly recommend it. Give yourself a chance to see the place your child is growing up in, and give your kid a chance to show off everything they’ve been doing.

Outwardly, your kids might blush and complain of embarrassment, but I’ll bet they’re secretly happy, even proud, of how much you care.

By Teri Rising, Historic Preservation Planner, Baltimore County Department of Planning

The modern public school system in Baltimore County evolved over the course of several centuries into the system we enjoy today. While many schools were established through private efforts, after the American Revolution a national belief in the importance of accessible education led to a legislatively mandated educational program.  

Changes in transportation, industrialization, community planning and the education profession collectively impacted how school buildings were designed and where they were located. The simple one and two room schoolhouses of the 19th century would eventually be closed and consolidated into large classically designed buildings that were often replaced by the large sprawling school complexes of the suburban landscape.

Featured here are some of the surviving examples of historic school buildings that are located within County Historic Districts or are Baltimore County Landmarks.

Overlea Home School 108 Delrey Avenue, Catonsville - Built ca. 1853, it was adapted by Rev. Ebeling to serve as a boarding school for young men.

Among the numerous private academies, one of the most architecturally distinctive examples is the former Overlea Home School in Catonsville. During the Civil War, the Rev. George W. Ebeling, pastor of the Old Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville, conducted a boy's school in his fortress-like home under the name Overlea Home School.  It was open from 1861 to 1895. After its use as a school ended, it became a private residence.

In addition to private academies, there are several that represent the County’s 19th century public school system and next generation of consolidated schools. Located within the County Historic District of Glyndon, the former brick Glyndon School building with its prominent belfry was constructed ca. 1887 by local builder Mr. John T. Marshall, Jr. for the Baltimore County School Board. It closed in 1930 as part of efforts to consolidate small one and two room schools. 

Glyndon School 4627 Butler Road, Glyndon – Constructed ca. 1887, the former school building was remodeled in 1932 by architect G. Walter Tovel to serve as the new home for the Women’s Club of Glyndon.



Efforts to institute educational opportunities for African American children in Baltimore County began after the Civil War. Many schools were aided by religious groups.  In northwest Baltimore County, the Piney Grove School survives as an example of this effort. Located on the same property as the Piney Grove United Methodist Church, the former school building was built ca. 1870 and incorporated into the County’s school system to be used exclusively for the education of African American children.

Piney Grove School 4929 Piney Grove Road – Constructed ca. 1870, the building was incorporated into the County’s school system for the education of African American children. With the assistance of the Maryland State African American Heritage Preservation Program, an anticipated rehabilitation of the school will restore its 19th century architectural details.

Within the County Historic District of Relay, two former schools survive, each representing a different era of educational history. The first Relay School was built ca. 1863 in a style typical of the schools of that era. Now used as a private residence, it was sold by Baltimore County in 1923 as part of the County’s consolidation efforts.  

Relay School (1863) 1548 South Rolling Road – Constructed ca. 1863 to serve the community before it was replaced as part of consolidation efforts.

Unlike some communities who had to travel much further to their new school, Relay’s replacement remained within their neighborhood. Constructed ca. 1921, the larger brick school continued to educate Baltimore County’s children until 1977.  

Relay School (1921) 1620 South Rolling Road – Constructed ca. 1921 as a replacement for the 19th century school, it educated Baltimore County’s children until 1977.  It currently serves as the home of the Relay Children’s Center.

While these buildings no longer serve their original educational purpose, each one tells a story about its community and reflects a particular era of Baltimore County educational history.

May is Preservation Month. Visit the Historical Society of Baltimore County museum and library to learn more about Baltimore County's heritage and a special program on the history of Baltimore County Public Schools.  The Historical Society of Baltimore County has partnered with The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools for a program on May 7, 2017.  Mr. E. Farrell Maddox, author of the book Building the Future, will be joining several speakers, including County School Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. 

Revised September 11, 2017