Junior high to honor first principal

June 03, 1996

Teachers and administrators at Severn River Junior High School will dedicate a tree June 13 in memory of the principal who planted it 22 years ago.

The faculty will add a plaque and pedestal at the base of the tree in the school courtyard to commemorate the work of Lawrence E. Knight, who died in April 1995.

Knight was the principal of the school when it opened in 1974. Eight years later, he opened Broadneck High School, but he was fond of returning to Severn River to renew old friendships.

He retired as principal of Broadneck in August 1993, saying it was time to move on to a new stage in his life. He said he did so "with a sweet taste in my mouth."

Knight grew up in Virginia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry at Virginia State College. After moving to Anne Arundel County, he taught science for 11 years at Wiley H. Bates High School, then the county's only high school for blacks. He presided over the opening of Severn River Junior High School, then developed start-up plans for Broadneck.

Under Knight's leadership, Broadneck received recognition for academic and athletic achievements. In 1989, the U.S. Department of Education and the state Department of Education awarded the school certificates of merit for its outstanding academic programs. Its stadium, completed in 1984, is named for Knight.

He was elected president of Downs on the Severn Homeowners Association shortly before his death.

Pub Date: 6/03/96

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