February 04, 2007

Think school overcrowding is bad now?

Fifty years ago, the Harundale Civic Association was grappling with the pain of Glen Burnie Junior High School bursting with 1,328 pupils - nearly twice the intended population.

In the crush of the postwar suburban building boom, schools could not keep up up with housing construction.

As The Sun reported on Feb. 5, 1957, the solution was splitting the school day into shifts, which was "accompanied by the objections of outraged parents," the paper noted.

The school designed for 700 students had to instruct half the student body in the morning and the other half in an afternoon session.

Donald L. Yeager, the association president, said the goal was to officially oppose such "double sessions" as the pattern of county education.

[Sources: Sun reporter Jamie Stiehm with Sun library researcher Paul McCardell.]

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