Tim Sweeney created Epic Games (then known as Potomac Computer Systems) while he was a mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland, commuting between his dorm in College Park and his parents home in Potomac.
Sweeney was born and raised in Potomac, graduating from Winston Churchill High School in 1988. His first game, ZZT, was made on his computer at his parents home in Potomac, when he'd commute home on the weekends from College Park. It's considered responsible for the early growth of the company when it was made in 1991.
In 1992, the company name was changed to Epic MegaGames and Sweeney worked hard to grow from a one-person operation to a company with 50 employees by 1997. In 1999, they dropped the "Mega" and Epic Games relocated to Cary, North Carolina.
Since then, the company has created successful games like the Gears of War series and most recently, Fortnite.
Fortnite now has over 125 million users and has generated over $300 million worth of in-game sales.
As of now, there will be five new MCPS high school principals starting July 1st. See who they are and where they’re coming from below (photos courtesy of MCPS):
In late April Cary D. Dimmick, the principal of Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring, was appointed principal of Gaithersburg High School starting July 1st.
Elizabeth L. Thomas, currently a Director of School Support and Improvement for Middle Schools, was named principal of Quince Orchard High School earlier this month, effective July 1st.
Dr. Eric L. Minus, currently a Director of School Support and Inprovement for middle schools, was named the next principal of Sherwood High School, effective July 1st.
Dr. Robert W. Dodd, currently Lead Consulting Principal for Administrator Training and Support, has been named the next principal at Walt Whitman High School, effective July 1st.
Brandice C. Heckert, currently an Assisntant Principal at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, has been named the next principal at Winston Churchill High School, effective July 1st.
U.S. News has released their ‘Best High Schools’ list (national and by state).
4 of the top 5 Maryland schools are in MoCo.
5. Quince Orchard
Clarksburg comes in 20th. The Maryland state list goes up to 54 and then lists schools in alphabetical order.
Conspicuous by their absence are schools we usually see on these types of lists, like B-CC, Blair, Richard Montgomery, and Whitman.
The full lists and criteria for rankings can be found here: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/maryland/rankings?src=usn_tw
Paul Palmer has been named to the 2018 class of the College Football Hall of Fame. He will join Kerry Collins (Penn State), Charles Woodson (Michigan), Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech), and Ed Reed (Miami) among others when he inducted on December 4th in New York.
Paul “Boo Boo” Palmer graduated from Churchill in the early 80s and went on to lead the nation in rushing yards his senior year at Temple University with 1,866 yards. In the same season, he broke Marcus Allen’s NCAA record for all-purpose yards with 2,633. He rushed for nearly 5,000 yards in his 4-year college football career.
Palmer went on to become the Kansas City Chiefs first round draft pick in 1987, drafted 19th overall. After two years with the Chiefs, he went on to play for the Lions and Cowboys, gaining over 1,000 career rushing yards in the NFL.
Former Temple Owls and Arizona Cardinals Head Coach, Bruce Arians, referred to Palmer as “pound for pound, the best player I’ve ever coached.”
Congratulations to MoCo native, Paul Palmer!
Have you ever wondered what any of the local high schools are named after? Some are fairly obvious and well known, but others aren’t. We decided to take a look at the 26 MCPS high schools and the origin of their names.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Named after two of the areas the school serves, the name Bethesda was taken from Jerusalem’s Pool of Bethesda. In Aramaic, Bethesda means “House of Mercy.” In Hebrew, it means “House of Kindness.”
Chevy Chase was named after the Chevy Chase Land Company, a real estate development company that was founded in 1890. At that time, they purchased land stretching from DuPont Circle to Jones Bridge Road. The name Chevy Chase is derived from the Medieval English Ballad of Chevy Chase.
Montgomery Blair High School
Montgomery Blair was a politician and lawyer from Maryland. He represented Dred Scott in the 1852 Supreme Court case that decided 7-2 against Scott, finding that neither he nor any other person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the United States. This decision was later nullified in 1863 after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
Blair also served at Postmaster-General in the Lincoln Administration cabinet from 1861-1864 (during the Civil War).
James Hubert Blake High School
The school was originally going to be named after The Muppet Show creator and University of Maryland graduate, Jim Henson. When his estate declined the honor, the school was named after James Hubert Blake.
Blake was a Baltimore ragtime musician of the early and mid-20th century. On his 92nd Birthday, Blake said “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
Winston Churchill High School
After spending 3 years known as “Potomac High School,” (a few have commented that it was known as “North Potomac High School”) the school name changed in 1967 to honor Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.
Winston Churchill also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his lifetime body of work.
Clarksburg High School
The high school is named after the area it is located in. Clarksburg is named for Trader John Clarke and was established at the intersection of the main road between Georgetown, Frederick, and an old Seneca trail.
Damascus High School
The high school was named for the area it is in. Damascus was originally named “The Pleasant Plains of Damascus” after Damascus, Syria.
Damascus was incorporated for a 34 year period in the late 20th/early 21st century, but the townspeople requested incorporation be withdrawn so that Old Quaker Rd. could be paved into a state highway.
The Thomas Edison High School of Technology
A vocational/technical high school in Wheaton, Edison is different than other MCPS high schools in that students typically spend half their day there and the other half at their home school.
The school is named after Thomas Alva Edison. Edison has been described as “America’s greatest inventor.” He is the inventor of the motion picture camera, the incandescent light bulb, and many more items that have been groundbreaking and useful throughout time.
Albert Einstein High School
The school is named after German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein. He is best known for his mass-energy equivalency formula E = mc2, which is considered the “world’s most famous equation” by many.
Einstein has four academies as part of the Downcounty Consortium, the largest one being The Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
Gaithersburg High School
Gaithersburg High School was founded in 1904 as “Gaithersburg School” and offered grades K-12.
The school/city is named after Benjamin Gaither. Gaither built his home near what is present day Summit Hall in 1802 when Gaithersburg was known as Log Town. The name was changed to Gaithersburg in the 1850s.
Walter Johnson High School
The school is named after the late Washington Senators pitcher, Walter Johnson. Johnson lived nearby in a Bethesda home that still stands a few miles from the school on Old Georgetown Road.
Walter Johnson retired to Germantown in 1933, where he owned a farm in the location where the Gunners Lake community is in present day. He was elected as a Montgomery County commissioner in 1938.
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John F. Kennedy High School
The original plan was to name the school “East Wheaton High School,” but due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the school was re-named after him.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. Kennedy was a member of the democratic party and represented the state of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives and State Senate prior to his presidency. Commonly referred to as “JFK,” he was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963.
Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School
The school is named for Colonel Zadok A. Magruder. Magruder was a Revolutionary War patriot and farmer. He moved to Montgomery County as a young man and ater on he inherited 600 acres of land in the Norbeck area before building a home in Redland in 1750.
Magruder helped establish Montgomery County’s government in 1776.
Richard Montgomery High School
Richard Montgomery is the oldest high school in MoCo. It was established in 1892 and was then known as Rockville High School. Rockville Colored High School opened in 1927 so the school was re-named after Richard Montgomery in 1935 to distinguish between the two.
Richard Montgomery was an Irish-born soldier who first served in the British army. Montgomery later took on the patriot cause and fought for America during the Revolutionary War. Montgomery County is named after him.
Northwest High School
Northwest High School was Germantown’s second high school and was established in 1998 to alleviate some of the crowding at Seneca Valley High School.
The school is named for its geographic location. It is located in the northwest part of the county and serves students from Germantown as well as a small portion of students from Gaithersburg and Darnestown.
Northwood High School
Northwood High School was established in 1956 and was closed in 1985 in a contested decision that aimed to alleviate the concentration of minority students enrolled at Blair High School. The school reopened in 2004.
The school was named after the area it was in (then known as Northwood). While I wasn’t able to find information on the origin of the Northwood name, the school’s mascot during their first 29 years of existence was the Indians. A 2001 vote by the Board of Education banned ethnic and race-based team mascots at county schools, so alumni from the first graduating class in 1958 and the first class of the new Northwood chose the Gladiators as the new mascot.
Paint Branch High School
The school was founded in 1969 . Their fight song, ‘Hail to the Panthers,’ is sung to the tune of ‘Hail to the Redskins.’
The school was named after Paint Branch Creek, a 14 mile long stream that flows through Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.There’s even a College Park based band known as Paint Branch Creek.
Poolesville High School
The core of the building, which still stands, was built in 1911 when the school was established. From 1911 until 2002, the school mascot was the Indians until the school’s students voted to change the mascot to the Falcons, following an initial vote to keep the mascot that was overruled.
The school and town are named after John and Joseph Poole. The brothers owned 160 acres of land in the area that was later named after them. The town was actually legally known as /The Commissioners of Poolesville’ until 2010 when residents voted to change the name to ‘The Town of Poolesville.’
Quince Orchard High School
A relatively new school, established in 1988, the school won a 4A Maryland State Football Championship in 1991 just 3 years after opening (they won a second time 16 years later, in 2007).
The school was named after a quince orchard that existed across from the school’s current location. A quince is a yellow fruit that looks similar to a pear.
Rockville High School
Not to be confused with the original Rockville High School, which was later re-named Richard Montgomery, this school was named after the city it’s in.
Before settling on the Rockville name, the area was called Owen’s Ordinary (there’s currently a Pike & Rose restaurant with the same name), Hungerford’s Tavern, and Daley’s Tavern. Rockville was later chosen because the region was crossed by Rock Creek. At the time, Rockville Pike was known as “Rock Creek Main Road.”
Seneca Valley High School
The school currently sits on the land that was once a farm owned by late Washington Senator’s pitcher, Walter Johnson. The school is due to be demolished with a new building coming in 2020 that would be the largest in Montgomery County.
The name comes from the Native American tribes of the Great Seneca Nation, who once lived in the area. Many early homeowners in surrounding areas found arrowheads in the ground.
Sherwood High School
Established in 1906, it is the third oldest high school in Montgomery County (after Richard Montgomery and Gaithersburg).
The school is named after the farm that was once on the land the school was built on. The farm was named “Sherwood Farm” due to the many trees on the property, which reminded settlers of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest.
Springbrook High School
Springbrook is part of the Northeast Consortium, along with Blake and Paint Branch High Schools.
The school is named after the upper Northwest Branch spring-fed tributary that runs along side of the school’s property.
Watkins Mill High School
Even though the school is surrounded by Montgomery Village, the address has remained Gaithersburg.
Watkins Mill is named for one of the grist mills where corn was ground up. The Watkins family once lived in the area and owned/operated one of the mills.
Wheaton High School
The area of Wheaton was previously known as Leesborough until 1826.
Wheaton is named after the Union General, Frank Wheaton. Fun fact: The inventor of the first home television set, C. Francis Jenkins, lived in Wheaton, at Windham Ln and Georgia Ave.
Walt Whitman High School
Whtman was established in 1962. 30 years later, the building was demolished and a new building was constructed. It opened in 1993.
The school is named after Anerican poet and journalist, Walt Whitman. Whitman is perhaps best known for his poetry collection, specifically Leaves of Grass.
Thomas S. Wootton High School
Wootton was once named the 17th best high school in the United States by Newsweek.
The school is named for Thomas Sprigg Wootton. He founded the county by introducing a bill that split Frederick County into three— Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington counties in 1776.
Last year 17 teams, including teams from Montgomery, Frederick, and Howard counties, competed in the first ever Xpro Upper County Classic 7on7 Tournament at Watkins Mill High School.
Watkins Mill head coach, Mike Brown, would like to take this year’s tournament to the next level by adding teams from Northern Virginia, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore.
The cost is $250 for one team or $200 per team if more than one team signs up from one school (A and B team).
Springbrook High School won last year’s tournament...who’s taking home the first place trophy this year???
Montgomery County has been home to many firsts, but here are ten you not have known about:
Cava opened their first fast-casual restaurant on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda in 2011.
Curtis Pride, a Kennedy High School graduate, became the first deaf baseball player in the majors since 1945.
The first Toys R Us ever was on Rockville Pike in Rockville. It opened in 1957.
First Kid, Barron Trump, attends St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac.
The first Jerry’s opened in Wheaton in 1964.
Rockville native and Wootton High School graduate, Mack Hollins, caught his first touchdown against the Washington Redskins. He also won his first Super Bowl in his first season with the Eagles.
The Persian kabob chain started out in MoCo in 1989. Their first location was in Behesda.
Katie Ledecky is the first athlete from the D.C. metro area to win AP Female Athlete of the Year. She grew up and still lives in Bethesda when she’s not at school at Stanford.
The first California Tortilla opened on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda in 1995.
Jeff Halpern is the first MoCo (and D.C. area) player to play for the Caps. He attended Churchill High School in Potomac.
Police Responded To A Bomb Threat At Churchill High School This Morning, Building Determined To Be Safe
This morning, a call was made to Churchill High School in Potomac saying there is a bomb in the school, according to an e-mail sent by Churchill principal, Joan Benz.
I’m told students were moved to the football stadium until Montgomery County Police responded to the call and determined that there is no threat. According to the official Churchill High School twitter account, students have re-entered the building and classes have resumed.
Fani Kantartzis is a local attorney that has frequently contributed to The MoCoShow in various ways. Due to the cold weather we've been having, she recently shared an eviction law on The MoCoShow wall that became a hit on Twitter. Naturally, I asked her if she could give me a few more that are MoCo or Maryland specific and she was more than willing to help out.
Mrs. Kantartzis (pronounced Fawn-ee Kun-tar-dsis) is a MoCo native. She is a Churchill High School graduate and she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the American College of Greece. In 2008, she received her Juris Doctor from the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Mrs. Kantartzis is licensed to practice in the State and Federal courts of Maryland and in the District of Columbia.
If you think you may be in need of assistance with a legal matter, she invites you to contact Kantartzis Law for a free consultation (http://legalk.com/contact/), so that they can evaluate your matter and determine whether or not they can help.
Let's get to the laws!
Note: This article does not include the full text of each law referenced. The full text of each law can be found in the accompanying citations.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is provided for general informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice.
1. Cheating on your spouse. In Maryland it is a crime to commit adultery, which has been defined as sexual intercourse between a married person and a person other than that married person’s spouse. A person convicted of adultery is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a hefty fine of $10.00. Md. Code, Crim. Law § 10-501.
2. Empty threats could still land you in prison. Anyone who threatens to cause a crime of violence that places five or more people in reasonable fear that the crime will be committed, regardless of whether or not the crime is actually committed, could face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. Md. Code, Crim. Law § 3-1001.
3. Be kind to chicks. It is a crime to color, dye, stain, or otherwise change the natural color of a chick (you read that correctly). Md. Code, Crim. Law § 10-614.
4. The crime of keeping a “disorderly house.” A person who keeps a "disorderly house" is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not less than 10 days and not exceeding 6 months, or a fine not less than $50 and not exceeding $300, or both. Md. Code, Crim. Law § 10-202. While the statute itself does not define “disorderly house,” courts have interpreted this to include behavior that maintains, promotes, or continues that which “is a public outrage against common decency or common morality,” or “which tends plainly and directly to the corruption of the morals, honesty, and good habits of the people.” Ward v. State, 9 Md. App. 583, 584–86, 267 A.2d 255, 257 (1970). Note the incorporated cities within Montgomery County may have a narrower definition of “disorderly house.”
5. Don’t be a jerk at funerals. A person who addresses speech to a person attending a funeral, burial, memorial service, or funeral procession that is likely to incite or produce an imminent breach of the peace could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. Md. Code, Crim. Law § 10-205.
6. Watch your mouth in Rockville. In Rockville, it is illegal to profanely curse and swear or use obscene language while on or near a street, sidewalk, or highway within the hearing of people passing by (remember that next time you're sitting in traffic on I-270). Rockville Code, Sec. 13-53.
7. Keep your body out of Rockville’s fountains. In Rockville, it is illegal to immerse any part of your body in any city-owned fountain or pool (except designated swimming pools). Rockville Code, Sec. 13-64.
8. You don’t need to be in a car to get a DUI. In Maryland, you can get a DUI while operating a bicycle, horse, skateboard, and golf cart, among other things that have been defined as “vehicles.” Md. Code, Transp. § 21-902; Md. Code, Transp. § 11-176.
9. Don’t throw things at sporting events. Disrupting or interfering with a commercial athletic event by “throwing or projecting an object on the playing field or seating area,” even if you don’t hit anyone, is a criminal misdemeanor that carries a penalty of imprisonment for up to three months, a fine of up to $250, or both. Md. Code, Crim. Law § 10-203.
10. Laser pointers. A person that knowingly shines a laser pointer on another person in a public place in a manner that harasses or endangers them could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction is subject to a fine of up to $500. Md. Code, Crim. Law § 3-806.
11. Revenge porn. It is a crime for a person to intentionally cause someone else serious emotional distress by placing an image of that person on the Internet which reveals that person's identity, along with his/her exposed intimate parts (this includes buttocks), or while engaged in an act of sexual contact, if the person depicted reasonably expected the image would be kept private and the person posting the image knew he/she did not have consent to post it. A person convicted of this crime is subject to incarceration for up to two years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Md. Code, Crim. Law § 3-809.
12. Your old smoke detector could get you charged/fined. Maryland law requires the replacement of any battery-only operated smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old. This means homeowners are required to replace these smoke alarms when they are 10 years old (the date of manufacture should be printed on the back of the smoke alarm). Starting January 1, 2018, homeowners are required to install an alarm that has a sealed-in battery with a 10 year life. Anyone who violates this section could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction is subject to incarceration for up to 10 days, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. Md. Public Safety §§ 9-101-9-109
For more on the smoke alarm requirements, visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/MCFRS/Resources/Files/misc/Smoke_Alarm_Law_101.pdf
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*Bonus Law* (the reason this list was made)
Getting evicted in inclement weather. If you reside in Montgomery County and you are scheduled to be evicted from your residence on a particular day, the Sheriff should not proceed with the eviction if it is raining/snowing at the time of the scheduled eviction, or if the predicted high temperature for the day is 32 degrees or below (as predicted by the National Weather Service). However, if precipitation starts after an eviction has commenced, the eviction will continue until completion. For more information visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/sheriff/sections/eviction-section.html
Let me start by saying that there are a lot more than 12 athletes with MoCo ties and this isn’t a list of all of them. You have probably heard of most of the people on this list, but did you know about their ties to MoCo?
Shawn Springs (Springbrook High School)
Shawn Springs was an All-American at Ohio State and enjoyed a 13 year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, and New England Patriots. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 1998 and was an All-Pro in 2004. Prior to his NFL success, Springs was an All-State selection as a running back (like his father, Ron Springs) and cornerback at Springbrook High School.
Domonique Dawes (Gaithersburg/Blair)
Domonique Dawes is the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. She competed in three Olympics (‘92, ‘96, ‘00) and was the first female gymnast to be a part of three Olympic medal winning teams since the early 70s. She was born in Silver Spring and started high school at Blair before transferring to Gaithersburg and even being named their prom queen in 1994.
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Helen Maroulis (Magruder High School)
The Rockville native attended Magruder High School for three years before moving to Michigan for her senior year. Maroulis beat Saori Yoshida in Rio for her first Olympic gold medal. Yoshida had three Olympic gold medals and just two losses on her resumè prior to wrestling Maroulis. Helen Maroulis is credited with earning the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in a women’s wrestling event.
Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood)
There aren’t many American soccer players that can say they’ve found success in several of the top European leagues—Onyewu is one of the few. He has appeared in 69 international games for the United States. While he was a student at Sherwood High School, he enrolled in the U.S. residency program for soccer in Bradenton, Florida before returning to Sherwood to graduate.
Dhani Jones (Churchill High School)
You may know Dhani Jones as one of the stars of the Shark Tank replica, Adventure Capitalists (CNBC), but he was a three Time All-Big Ten player and National Champion at the University of Michigan. He then played in the NFL for 11 years, starting in 131 games. During his time at Churchill, he was an All-Met and All-County pick.
Kyle Snyder (Good Counsel)
Kyle Snyder is the youngest Olympic gold medalist in wrestling history and a two time NCAA champion. Many consider him the pound for pound “best wrestler in the world.” In his three years wrestling at Good Counsel (he didn’t wrestle his senior year, choosing to compete internationally instead), he amassed a 179-0 record.
Freddy Adu (The Heights)
The now 28 year old Adu started playing professionally 14 years ago. He signed his professional contract with D.C. United at the age of 14 and scored his first professional goal just 3 months later. Once referred to as the “next Pelé,” he never really lived up to expectations. Adu moved from Ghana to Rockville when he was 8, where he attended Sequoyah Elementary School (Derwood). He then attended The Heights School before leaving to join D.C. United.
Zack Kerr (Quince Orchard)
The QO alum was able to earn a spot on the defensive line as an undrafted free agent for the Indianapolis Colts. He played there for three season, recording 5.5 sacks in the process. Prior to this season, Kerr signed a two year deal with the Broncos. He won a State Championship in 2007 during his time at Quince Orchard High School.
Katie Ledecky (Stone Ridge)
Katie Ledecky won a gold medal as a 15 year old at the London Olympics in 2012. She won four more Olympic gold medals in Rio just last year. She has been named American Swimmer of The Year in each of the last three years. She finished her high school career as the holder of every Stone Ridge swimming record except for the 100-meter backstroke.
Folarin Campbell (Springbrook)
He was an integral part of the 2006 George Mason team that made the Final Four, leading the team with 3.4 assists per game and scoring 11 points per contest. Following his time at George Mason, Campbell started a career overseas that is still going today. He led MoCo in scoring his junior year at Springbrook, averaging 26.3 points per game.
Stefon Diggs (Good Counsel)
Stefon Diggs has dominated at every level. He and teammate Adam Thielen are considered one of the best receiver duos currently in the NFL. In less than three full seasons in the league, he has over 2,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Diggs scored 34 touchdowns combined in his junior and senior years at Good Counsel. He chose the University of Maryland over Auburn, Cal, Florida, Ohio State, and USC.
Roy Hibbert (Georgetown Prep)
The 7’2” Hibbert is a two time NBA All-Star. He was a big part of bringing the Georgetown Hoyas back to the Final Four in 2007 and was drafted 17th in the 2008 NBA Draft. In 10 seasons, he has career averages of 10 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. He planned to attend and play for Georgetown University when he played for Georgetown Prep.
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