Cardinal Gibbons High School opens in 1962

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August 29, 2012

An article in the Aug. 30, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the arrival of a new, all-boys Catholic high school in the area.

Although construction will not be complete until December, the new Cardinal Gibbons High School will open next week on the site of the old St. Mary's Industrial School at Wilkens and Caton avenues.

It will be conducted by the Marianists. The first principal is Brother Matthew Betz, S.M. The Marianists formerly taught at St. Michael's, St. James' and, many years ago, at St. Martin's parochial grade schools but this is their first venture into the high school field in the Baltimore area.

The school will open this September with a freshmen class of 150 students. Each successive year, approximately 325 students will be added. The final total will be in the neighborhood of 1,200 or more students. The first year there will be no special curriculum except an advanced or accelerated class composed of the best students. In the future, the school will remain an academic or college preparatory high school with all the latest equipment and methods.

Editor's note: Cardinal Gibbons High was the only high school among the 13 schools closed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in June, 2010.


Catonsville Community College announces that 178 new full-time freshmen have been accepted and processed. This number is almost double the 90 full-time freshmen admitted last fall. By August 31, the deadline for new, full-time applicants, the full-time freshman class is expected to reach 200.

In addition, more than 50 full-time sophomores and more than 100 part-time students are expected to swell the fall class to 350 or more students.


As we go to press, a spell of glorious weather is still with us. Mild temperatures, brilliant sunshine and gentle breezes have prevailed for the past week. Maybe this will not last this week out, but it was delightful while it lasted. There is only one fly in the ointment. It is too dry. Fruit crops, lawns and vegetables have begun to suffer from lack of rain. Only a few brief, local showers have passed over this area in weeks.

When the streak of fine weather ends, we hope it ends with a good, soaking rain.


Members of the Lions Club of Arbutus held their first annual outing on Saturday, August 25, in Vineland Area of the Patapsco State Park. The wives and children of the members also attended this affair.

Mrs. Frances Bahr won the rolling pin contest. Doyle Neal won the crab eating contest by consuming nine crabs more than any other participant.

75 Years Ago

In an article in the Aug. 27, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian, the creation of an athletic club for all ages.

Residents of Catonsville are trying to organize an athletic club, which will consolidate sports teams in the community and attempt to give Catonsville athletic teams worthy of the athlete's ability.

Besides this purpose, it will attempt to bring together both young and old in good fellowship and clean sportsmanship and therefore should be to the personal interest of all.

Many, when approached with the idea, have enthusiastically endorsed it and signified that they would join and lend their support.


The sisters in charge of Ascension Church School have returned to Halethorpe after spending the summer at the Mother Home in Indiana. The same Sisters have returned who were here last year and will occupy the same positions.


An automobile stolen some days ago from W. W. Ripple of Osborne Avenue, Catonsville, was found during the past week on Orem's road, near Stemmer's Run. All four wheels and the battery had been removed.

Margaret Henkelman, a young girl from Fort Howard, found the car while taking a bicycle ride.


With only a few days left to complete preparations for their coming show, the Village Players are busy rehearsing for their opening performance next Wednesday, September 1. The performance is to be repeated on Thursday night, both to be given at the Catonsville High School for the Christmas fund of the Children's Aid Society of Baltimore county. Rehearsal was held last Sunday at Pines-on-the-Severn, the summer home of Clarence De Haven, who is directing the production.

100 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 31, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on the progress on new roadways in the Lansdowne area.

The work of improving the roads through Eden Terrace with tarred macadam and concrete gutters is progressing rapidly and will be completed within the next three or four weeks. The work will cost about $15,000 and will be paid for by the residents of Eden Terrace and the Eden Construction Company, of which Mr. Victor G. Bloede is president.


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