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March 14, 2013
At a recent Baltimore County Board of Education meeting, a change in the wording of certain documents has allowed the school system to remove school libraries and department heads in alignment with plans to increase funding for new technology. School Superintendent Dallas Dance has begun his crusade to fix one of the best school systems in the nation. I truly wish the best of luck to a school system that has given me a spectacular public education, but Mr. Dance's attempt to cut libraries and department heads to save money seems misguided.
By Tyler Waldman | September 17, 2014
Baltimore County has listened to "spokes-persons" who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway. Cyclists joined County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for an inaugural trip around the network, which loops around central Towson, passing Towson's shopping district, government center, two universities, Towson High School and numerous residential neighborhoods. "Towson is dense enough, it's walkable enough that you shouldn't have to drive from [Towson]
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Kelly Dalla Tezza, a Fulbright scholar who planned a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, died Friday in an automobile accident in Morocco. She was 22 and lived in Parkville. Family members said she had a flat tire while driving on a road near Rabat and lost control of the vehicle. "She was the most fearless person I have ever known," said a close friend, Ashleen Williams of Bahrain, who is also a Fulbright scholar. "She was willing to go anywhere and do pretty much anything. She spoke Arabic and between the two of us, on our travels together, we were quite effective.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Merreen E. Kelly, a former Baltimore County administrative officer who earlier had been an associate superintendent of Baltimore County public schools, died Sunday at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center of lung cancer. He was 79. The son of Earl Linwood Kelly, a Koppers Co. foundry man, and Helen Marie Wilhem Kelly, a homemaker, Merreen Earl Kelly was born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus. A 1953 graduate of Towson High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1957 in education from what is now Towson University.
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2004
Phil Woods, the legendary jazz saxophonist who jammed with Charlie "Bird" Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, walked into the auditorium of Towson High School yesterday, amazed that a water main break that closed area schools hadn't canceled his appearance. "Did you get special dispensation from the emperor?" Woods asked music teacher Barry Karow. "Sir," Karow replied, "you are the emperor." Woods, wearing his customary bebop cap, proceeded to educate and entertain 22 students and their teacher for two hours, spinning yarns about the days of avant-garde jazz, tinkling at the piano and playing an alto saxophone.
By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | September 6, 1997
Now being served at Towson High School: cold sandwiches, fruit cups and -- with any luck -- sunny skies.For the next few weeks, most of the school's 1,040 students will have to eat lunch and take physical-education classes outdoors while the cafeteria and gym are renovated as part of the school's long-awaited $16 million overhaul."
November 15, 2012
Towson High School's production of "Alice in Wonderland," begins a three-day performance run on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the school, 69 Cedar Ave. Based on a 1947 Broadway script, the play by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus combines both of Lewis Carroll's novels, "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass. " Performances run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-17, with shows each night at 7 p.m. in the Towson High auditorium. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door.
August 10, 2011
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced that four recent Baltimore County Public Schools graduates were among the final round of 2011 high school graduates to win scholarships sponsored by colleges and universities. Two of the honored students are from the Towson area: Johann Amberger, of Towson, who graduated from Towson High School. He received a National Merit Kenyon College Scholarship; and, Laura Greenbaum, of Towson, who graduated from Towson High School and wants to pursue a career in research.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | June 27, 2009
Mary B. Frantz, a retired Towson High School history teacher and writer whose stories documented growing up in Depression-era western Pennsylvania, died Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her daughter's home in Warrenville, Ill. She was 86. Mary Bice was born and raised in Portage, Pa. She graduated from high school in 1938, and three years later moved to Baltimore. In 1941, she married Martin L. Frantz, a Bendix Corp. supervisor, who died in 1977. Mrs. Frantz earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1963 from what is now Towson University and a master's degree in the late 1960s in history from the Johns Hopkins University.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
A 22-year-old student from Parkville who planned a career in foreign service died Friday in a car accident in Morocco near Rabat, her family said. Kelly DallaTezza, who was born in Baltimore, was in northern Africa and had recently participated in a Fulbright conference on women's political roles in Bahrain. Her family said she had been accepted for graduate study at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University, among other schools. She was the daughter of Chester and Meg Doxzen DallaTezza and had been salutatorian of her 2007 class at Towson High School.
July 30, 2014
I know there has been a lot of controversy about the plan for Baltimore County Public Schools to destroy huge, century-old trees behind Dumbarton Middle School and an effort to save the Dumbarton trees ( "Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees," July 2). I am a rising junior at Towson High School. I live next to Dumbarton. The park behind Dumbarton is like the backyard of my childhood. Most of the trees that the school system wants to cut are tied to childhood memories. When I was little, I would hang out with my closest friends by the trees and climb some of them.
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Three years ago, no student at Milford Mill Academy passed the Advanced Placement calculus exam, which made it clear that unprepared students were being pushed into the high-level class. In an attempt to change that, a dozen high school students who have signed up for AP calculus at the Baltimore County school are honing their math skills at a boot camp this week and next. And they'll get extra help on Saturdays during the school year. Tekiah Hanks, a 16-year-old who might have been picking fruit or sleeping late on Thursday morning, said she has no regrets about the summer hours she has committed to solving math problems.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Janis Ahalt Riker, a retired attorney and business owner who also ran a Howard County antiquarian bookshop, died of cancer April 8 at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 69 and had lived in Columbia for many years. Born Janis Kay Ahalt in Baltimore and raised on Hillendale Road, she was the daughter of Charles Ahalt, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad conductor, and Pauline Prebish Ahalt, a homemaker. She was a 1962 graduate of Towson High School and was selected to participate in the St. Timothy's School summer Latin American Seminar.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Weir held her right leg out in front of her, arched that foot and brought her toes delicately down to the floor, then back up again. She was pretending that the floor was a cat, and she was trying to pet it with her foot. "Yup, bup, bup, bup" guest teacher Gerard Charles said, counting out the beat at Towson's Carver Center for Arts & Technology. Eleanor and 27 other cat petters in training were taking an intermediate-level ballet class with Charles, the ballet master for the Joffrey Ballet.
NEWS | November 4, 2013
American Education Week will sweep through our local schools Nov. 18-22. Parent visitations, open houses and many exciting programs have been planned for this special week. Rodgers Forge Elementary School welcomes parents of grade three on Nov. 18, grades one and two on Nov. 19, grade five on Nov. 20, kindergarten on Nov. 21 and grade four on Nov. 22. From 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 20, St. Pius X School will hold an open house so that parents may visit their children's classrooms.
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
The only time Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil has stepped foot inside M&T Bank Stadium was before his senior year at Towson High School. A former running back who once emulated San Diego Chargers star LaDainian Tomlinson, Cudjoe-Virgil was then a linebacker who idolized Ravens icon Ray Lewis. Cudjoe-Virgil did not imitate either of his football heroes that summer afternoon in 2009 at a college scouting combine in Baltimore. He didn't even look like himself. "I didn't have a good day," Cudjoe-Virgil, now a 6-foot-2, 250-pound junior linebacker for Maryland, recalled Tuesday while sitting in the cafeteria at the Gossett Team House.
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | February 12, 2008
Francis Phillips Williams, the retired Towson High School science department chairman, died of heart disease Feb. 5 at the Glen Meadows Retirement Community. He was 87 and had lived in Towson and Fallston. Born in Delmar, he was a 1938 graduate of Delmar High School, where he played soccer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at St. John's College in Annapolis and worked briefly at the Glenn L. Martin aircraft factory in Middle River before enlisting in the Army days after the attack at Pearl Harbor.
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2004
Jean Connolly Herlihy, a retired Towson High School librarian, died of cancer Wednesday at a Danvers, Mass., assisted-living home where she had lived for the past two years. The former Homeland resident was 82. Born Jean Connolly in Baltimore and raised on Walbrook Avenue, she was a 1939 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a degree from the old Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington. She worked as an administrative assistant at the Venable, Baetjer & Howard law firm in downtown Baltimore.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Kenneth Graeme Menzies, a retired Gilman School teacher and lacrosse coach, died of complications from an infection Sept. 1 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Stevensville resident was 84. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of John T. Menzies, the London-born president of Crosse & Blackwell, a food processing firm that once made orange marmalade and other products at its Baltimore plant. His mother was Hilda May Ranson, a homemaker. They family lived at Braeside off Broadway Road in Baltimore County.
NEWS | August 12, 2013
"I felt so comfortable here that I never moved," explained Mildred Zeller, whose parents were original owners of a house in Rodgers Forge. Her parents moved to Dunkirk Road (second group of homes built by Keelty) in 1937 or 1938 and she was born a few years later. As you can imagine, the houses sold for a great deal less than they do today. Houses were $5,000 and only required a $250 down payment. Mildred said it only cost $500 to finish off the third floor with heat, hardwood floors and a cedar closet.
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