Harford Technical High School, prompted by increased enrollment and an overwhelmingly positive student poll, will inaugurate a football program in the fall.
The school will field a varsity team in a new independent league and a JV team that will play an abbreviated schedule.
Teams on its 1995 varsity schedule are Lansdowne, Patapsco, Sparrows Point, Western Tech, Carver A&T and Mount Hebron.
Joe Foltz, a Harford Tech teacher and former assistant football coach at South Carroll High School, has been named head coach.
He will be assisted by Tom Nelson, whose football background includes a stint as a Joppatowne High School assistant coach, Gary Siler and Ed Fielder. Additions will be made in the future.
"Since the addition of a ninth grade in 1991, there has been a steady increase of students, and a recent school poll regarding the addition of football drew an enthusiastic response," said athletic director Andy Bleichfeld.
Several development meetings have taken place, and more than 50 boys have shown an interest in trying out for the squad.
Plans call for Harford Tech to play independent varsity and JV schedules for the next two years, then join the Harford County League in the 1997 season.