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
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???
I spoke with Quince Orchard High School principal, Carole Working, this morning. She confirmed to me that she will be “graduating with the class of 2018” and will be moving on from Quince Orchard High School.
Mrs. Working told me that she loves the school and the community, but that she is doing what is best for her and her family. An emotional Working told me that she’s not quite ready to discuss what she will be moving on to.
We would like to thank Carole Working for her years of service in the Quince Orchard community and wish her the best of luck in whatever she chooses to do next.
Cava opened their 46th fast casual restaurant on Rockville Pike today. Their newest location is located next to Honeygrow on Rockville Pike in the new development that used to be home to Timpano Italian Chophouse.
Original founders Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, and Ted Xenohristos are all MoCo natives. They attended Gaithersburg, Quince Orchard, and Paint Branch High Schools.
The fast casual spin-off of the locally popular Cava Mezze restaurants is growing at an astronomical rate. If anyone is wondering when #47 is opening, it’s tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina.
News Around MoCo (12/29/17 Edition)
Tommy Joe’s in the Kentlands is closing after a little over a year in business. Sunday’s New Year’s Eve party will be their last day. We reported it first on our Twitter account (our twitter feed is available on the home page of our website if you don’t have it).
Montgomery County Council Member, Roger Berliner, tweeted the following about prepaying property tax in MoCo: “The County issued an update on the property tax prepayment option & the IRS advisory on this matter: bit.ly/2E7UrZK. It is very disappointing. We did what we could. Do consult with your tax adviser before considering prepayments.”
Popular Silver Spring coffee shop, Bump ‘N Grind, is holding the grand opening of their kiosk at Ellsworth Place (formerly City Place Mall). Ellsworth Place is slowly but surely making the right moves.
According to the NCAA, the state of Maryland has the highest percentage of Division 1 boys basketball recruits in the country.
Afnan Shafiq, The owner of Tasty 5 Pizza in Germantown, followed the armed robbers that stole from his store until police caught up with them. Maybe not the recommended course of action, but it worked out. His store deserves a visit, MoCo!
Troy Turner (of Clarksburg) has been missing his children, Sarah and Jacob, for three years. He is still searching for answers. People magazine has written a piece about the sad situation here: http://people.com/crime/troy-turner-speaks-missing-kids-sarah-jacob-hoggle/
On Thursday, I took a stroll through Lakeforest Mall. I counted over 40 empty store fronts in the mall (that’s over 25% of the available stores).
MCPS is proposing a longer school year (4 to 5 more weeks of school, not just redistributing summer vacation) for Arcola and Roscoe Nix Elementary Schools. If it works, it could be expanded to more
schools in a couple years.
Katie Ledecky becomes first Washingtonian to win AP female athlete of the year!
Smoothie King is opening soon in Plaza Del Mercado in Silver Spring! A bit expensive, but the smoothies are delicious.
Former Georgetown Hoya and NBA All-Star, Dikembe Mutombo, was walking around Rockville Town Square earlier this week. Many photos were tweeted to us #MoCoZ (like TMZ... 🤦🏻♂️).
Jasmine Bakery & Cafe has opened in the old Classic Bakery location in Gaithersburg (shopping center Bruster’s is in). Classic Bakery has moved to Gaither Rd.
Quince Orchard alum, Wale, will be performing at the Fillmore in Silver Spring on January 1st.
BiBim took over the Sligo Cafe location in Silver Spring early last year. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long, as it closes within the week.
Quench, in Traville Gateway (Rockville), will close within the week. No connection to Quench on New Hampshire Avenue.
California based chain Jack in The Box has sold Qdoba to the Chuck E. Cheese’s owner. MoCo is down to 3 Qdoba locations (Rockville, Colesville, and Silver Spring). No word on their future.
For anyone curious, the structure being built on Shady Grove Road (where Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse was) is for a Carvana dealership. The iFly will be on Gaither Rd.
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The American Dream has been defined as the set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success. Herson Reyes, an immigrant from El Salvador, has turned his opportunity as a busser at a prominent local restaurant (Cava Mezze in Traville Gateway in Rockville) to a career as the general manager of that same restaurant.
Herson Reyes, 25, was born in San Miguel, El Salvador. He moved to Silver Spring, MD with his mother, his two brothers, and his sister when he was 7 years old. He attended Glen Haven Elementary School and Parkland Middle School. His family moved to Wheaton and finally Gaithersburg, where Herson graduated from Quince Orchard High School.
Herson wanted to work from a young age. His older brother Ever, who was already working as a bar back at the Capitol Hill Cava Mezze location, told Herson and his twin brother Edward that there was one bussing position available at Cava Mezze in D.C. The twins played a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to see who the opportunity would go to...Herson won.
As a junior in high school, Herson began his almost daily commute from Gaithersburg to D.C. each day after school. A little over a month later he was told there was a position available at the Rockville location; an opportunity he was quick to accept.
After spending over a year and a half as a busser, he added bar back to his resume. At this point, Herson’s twin brother, Edward, had also started working at the restaurant.
Cava Mezze founder, Ike Grigoropoulos, would tell him “the faster this table is cleaned up, the faster we can get another customer to their table...the happier the customer, the better the tip.” Bussers also relied on the gratuity of the customers, as they would receive a small portion of tips from servers, so Herson heeded this advice.
By 19, he was picking up occasional bartending shifts. At 20, after three years with the company, he became a server.
Herson has always prided himself in being a hard worker. “From the time I started working, I did my job as if the restaurant was mine...I always treat the customers as if they are guests in my own home.”
His work ethic led to him gaining some managerial training and picking up a few shifts managing in his early 20s. By this time his older brother Ever had already become a manager at the D.C. location on Capitol Hill. His twin brother, Edward, had also become a server and was receiving the same training necessary to become a manager.
Many bussers Herson worked with would leave for a new job when they were offered a few cents more per hour elsewhere, but he and his brothers always put the company first and could tell that good things would happen in return.
The Reyes brothers now all play a tremendous role within Cava Mezze. Herson is the general manager at the Rockville location in Traville Gateway. His twin brother, Edward, is the general manager at the Baltimore location. His oldest brother, Ever, is the general manager at the D.C. location on Capitol Hill.
In his 10 years with the company, Herson Reyes has enjoyed watching the company grow. “I have been here since I was 17 and I have grown with Cava. I want to help Cava continue to grow.” he said.
“This Cava Mezze location is special [Cava Rockville]. It’s the original location, it has a feel to it.” he told me. “It’s almost impossible for me to pick a favorite dish, but I can tell you that nobody does scallops risotto and octopus like we do.” Herson said with pride.
Herson Reyes and his brothers are living the dream...some might say the American Dream.
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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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Founders of Cava Mezze to Bring New Restaurant to Pike & Rose
The guys that brought you Cava are at it again! Julii, a French Mediterranean restaurant that will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner is coming to Pike & Rose.
Ike Grigoropoulos (Gaithersburg High School), Ted Xenochristos (Paint Branch High School), and Dimitri Moshovitis (Quince Orchard High School) founded Cava Mezze about a decade ago. Since then they’ve grown to 6 full-service Cava Mezze locations and 43 fast-casual Cava locations. They also have sister restaurant Sugo Osteria (Italian) in Potomac and Brusco luncheonette in Baltimore.
“We selected Pike & Rose for many reasons, particularly the tenant of mix of new, diverse brands– many exclusive to this community.” said Ted Xenochristos.
The restaurant will feature “everything from croissants to shakshouka to roasted chicken.”
The restaurant will be located between Pinstripes and L.L. Bean at 11915 Grand Avenue.
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