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By SARA NEUFELD | March 8, 2006
Two small fires were set yesterday at Baltimore's Southwestern High School complex, according to Antonio Williams, chief of the city schools police. The first fire was reported about 8:30 a.m. in a storage room on the first floor of the school in the 200 block of Font Hill Ave. "Someone stuffed something under the door and ignited it," Williams said. The second fire occurred a few minutes later in the boys locker room in the building's basement. Williams said that someone ignited a T-shirt and stuffed it under the door.
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By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | October 4, 2007
Southwestern High School, a huge former city school campus near Gwynns Falls Park, will become a public boarding school for up to 400 disadvantaged students under a lease agreement approved yesterday by the city's Board of Estimates. The nonprofit SEED Foundation, which runs a similar school in Washington, hopes to open the Baltimore school with 80 students in 2008. The students, in grades six through 12, will live on campus during the week and receive college preparatory coursework and counseling.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | December 1, 2006
A fourth teenager was arrested yesterday by city police in connection with the stabbing Tuesday of a student at Baltimore's Southwestern High School. Larry W. Stewart Jr., 16, of the 2900 block of Denham Circle South, was charged as an adult with conspiracy in an attempted murder, assault and possession of a handgun, and he was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, police said. A fifth suspect - identified as Antoine Martin, 16, of the 800 block of Lyndhurst Ave. - remained at large yesterday.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,Sun Reporter | July 13, 2007
Southwestern High School, a huge concrete building shuttered last month, likely will be reborn as a public boarding school for disadvantaged students. The nonprofit SEED Foundation is negotiating with Baltimore officials to get a 99-year lease for the site. The foundation would pay one dollar a year for the lease. "It is a fantastic opportunity," said Tom Stosur, assistant deputy mayor. "It is a unique site in the city because it is in the city but set apart." SEED, which runs a school in Washington, won approval in the General Assembly to launch a public boarding school in Maryland to serve disadvantaged students.
NEWS
By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | October 4, 2007
Southwestern High School, a huge former city school campus near Gwynns Falls Park, will become a public boarding school for up to 400 disadvantaged students under a lease agreement approved yesterday by the city's Board of Estimates. The nonprofit SEED Foundation, which runs a similar school in Washington, hopes to open the Baltimore school with 80 students in 2008. The students, in grades six through 12, will live on campus during the week and receive college preparatory coursework and counseling.
NEWS
By Alia Malik and Alia Malik,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2007
Southwestern High School was completely dark yesterday. That wasn't supposed to happen. Yet. A week before the last day of its existence, graduates of the past, from 1974 through 2007, converged on the school for its "all classes" reunion. They found the power had been out for hours and staff and students had just been sent home. Undeterred, close to 40 alumni and faculty members gathered in the school's foyer, one of the only sunlit spaces in the sprawling, mostly windowless complex on a hill overlooking Mount Olivet Cemetery.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and Laura Loh and Liz Bowie and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | November 30, 2004
Two 15-year-old Baltimore students were stabbed yesterday during a fight on the first floor of the Southwestern High School complex, a school system spokeswoman said. One student, Edward Brown, was in good condition last night after surgery to repair serious wounds to his left hand and is expected to recover, according to Jenny Hodgins, media relations specialist at Union Memorial Hospital. The second student was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with superficial wounds to his right arm. School officials declined to identify that 15-year-old.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1998
Southwestern High School was thrown into turmoil yesterday when a ninth- grader accused her classmate, an admitted practicing witch who is the daughter of a witch, of putting a hex on her.In an incident seemingly more appropriate for a Halloween tale than for a public school, Jamie Schoonover, a 15-year-old freshman, was sent home yesterday with an official city schools discipline form, which cited the reason for the referral as "casting a spell on a...
ENTERTAINMENT
By SLOANE BROWN | May 14, 2000
The stars came out for Baltimore's sixth annual Academy Awards. But these stars were in the form of paper and wire lanterns -- made by students at Baltimore's Academy of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality, who were honoring top professionals in the city's travel and tourism industry. Around 600 guests gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center, raising more than $82,000 for the program, which prepares high risk, economically disadvantaged students for careers in the hospitality and travel business.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | June 10, 2001
Hollywood has nothing on Baltimore's own Academy Awards. Forget movie actors. This annual event honors local stars of the hospitality business. It also raises funds -- some $112,000 this year -- for the Academy of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality at Southwestern High School, which gives some city high-schoolers hands-on training in the industry. More than 600 guests entered the Marriott Waterfront Hotel under arches of black, gold and white balloons embellished with inflated red plastic stars.
NEWS
By Alia Malik and Alia Malik,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2007
Southwestern High School was completely dark yesterday. That wasn't supposed to happen. Yet. A week before the last day of its existence, graduates of the past, from 1974 through 2007, converged on the school for its "all classes" reunion. They found the power had been out for hours and staff and students had just been sent home. Undeterred, close to 40 alumni and faculty members gathered in the school's foyer, one of the only sunlit spaces in the sprawling, mostly windowless complex on a hill overlooking Mount Olivet Cemetery.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | December 1, 2006
A fourth teenager was arrested yesterday by city police in connection with the stabbing Tuesday of a student at Baltimore's Southwestern High School. Larry W. Stewart Jr., 16, of the 2900 block of Denham Circle South, was charged as an adult with conspiracy in an attempted murder, assault and possession of a handgun, and he was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, police said. A fifth suspect - identified as Antoine Martin, 16, of the 800 block of Lyndhurst Ave. - remained at large yesterday.
NEWS
By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | June 14, 2006
The Baltimore school board voted last night to delay the closure of the Southwestern High School complex by a year. The board considered the delay in response to community concerns. But it also weighed making a decision that might result in a conflict with the state. Two of the four small high schools in the Southwestern complex, the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts and Southwestern High No. 412, will stay where they are for another year. Augusta Fells Savage was previously slated to move into the same building as Lafayette Elementary and Calverton Middle, but parents there are fearful the move would cause a gang conflict.
NEWS
By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2006
In a reversal that could jeopardize millions of dollars in state funding, the Southwestern High School complex in Baltimore would not close this summer as scheduled under a proposal presented last night by the city school board chairman. Chairman Brian D. Morris said he will ask the full school board to vote Tuesday night to postpone moving two of the four schools in the complex for a year. The proposal was made amid community concerns that a gang conflict would result from moving some of Southwestern's students to an elementary and middle school building.
NEWS
By DIANA MORRIS, THOMAS E. WILCOX AND ROBERT C. EMBRY JR | April 6, 2006
Last week, the Maryland State Board of Education, at the behest of Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, voted to turn the operation of four Baltimore high schools over to third-party entities beginning in fall 2007. This action is surprising and disturbing for all of us who are committed to the achievement of children in the city. The State Board of Education's precipitous decision to accept Ms. Grasmick's recommendations provided no opportunity for public comment from those who care most, are best informed and are most directly affected.
NEWS
By JOHN FRITZE AND LIZ F. KAY and JOHN FRITZE AND LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTERS | March 27, 2006
Nearly 20 schools - including a handful of public schools - have made donations to political campaigns in Maryland in recent years, prompting criticism that the money should be spent on students, not candidates. Though the contributions are small and appear to be an oversight in some cases, the schools - from Baltimore County's Parkville High to the Foundation Schools, which offers special education courses near Washington - are listed on state records as giving to campaigns. A statement from the Maryland attorney general's office said the contributions would "not be a proper use of public funds."
NEWS
By Kelly Brewington and Ivan Penn and Kelly Brewington and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2004
Two Southwestern High School students were arrested in connection with a fight yesterday that started after the 1,500-student campus was evacuated for a fire. Baltimore school police used pepper spray against the students to stop the fight, and school officials later canceled Southwestern's afternoon football game. In a separate incident, two second-graders at Callaway Elementary School, at 3701 Fernhill Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, were placed on long-term suspension yesterday after school officials found them with a broken, unloaded handgun at the school this week.
NEWS
By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | June 14, 2006
The Baltimore school board voted last night to delay the closure of the Southwestern High School complex by a year. The board considered the delay in response to community concerns. But it also weighed making a decision that might result in a conflict with the state. Two of the four small high schools in the Southwestern complex, the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts and Southwestern High No. 412, will stay where they are for another year. Augusta Fells Savage was previously slated to move into the same building as Lafayette Elementary and Calverton Middle, but parents there are fearful the move would cause a gang conflict.
NEWS
By SARA NEUFELD and SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER | March 9, 2006
Students from west-side Baltimore high schools that are scheduled to close or be relocated turned out in force at a hearing last night to oppose the changes. In the auditorium at the Southwestern High School complex, dozens of them held up signs with messages including "Save Our Schools and Get Rid of the Fools at North Avenue," referring to the city schools headquarters. At least 250 people attended last night's hearing, the second of three scheduled this week on school closures. The school system is under pressure from the state to close schools in the face of declining enrollment and deteriorating building conditions.
NEWS
By SARA NEUFELD | March 8, 2006
Two small fires were set yesterday at Baltimore's Southwestern High School complex, according to Antonio Williams, chief of the city schools police. The first fire was reported about 8:30 a.m. in a storage room on the first floor of the school in the 200 block of Font Hill Ave. "Someone stuffed something under the door and ignited it," Williams said. The second fire occurred a few minutes later in the boys locker room in the building's basement. Williams said that someone ignited a T-shirt and stuffed it under the door.
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