The John Carroll School

The John Carroll School

The John Carroll School, established in 1964, is a private, independent, college-preparatory, co-educational Catholic school for grades 9–12, located on 87 acres in Bel Air, Maryland. It is located about 50 minutes north of Baltimore, MD in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The school is named after John Theodore Carroll, SJ, America’s first Catholic bishop and archbishop in the United States — serving as the ordinary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.

In the early 1960s the decision was made by Cardinal Lawrence Shehan to build an Archdiocesan Catholic high school on an 87 acre site in Bel Air, Harford County. The John Carroll School opened to 202 freshmen on September 9, 1964 under the leadership of Principal Rev. Raymond Wanner. From its earliest days, the school based itself on a partnership of clergy, religious, and laity, which has remained the school’s educational mission until today.

860 students in grades 9–12 attend the school. John Carroll draws students from the Baltimore metropolitan area, especially Harford, Baltimore and Cecil Counties, as well as southern Pennsylvania.

The school's mission statement, adopted in November, 2004, states:

At The John Carroll School, guided by the spirit of America’s first Catholic Archbishop and early patriot, we cultivate in each student a love of learning, a respect for self and a sensitivity to others. Instilling Catholic values through a challenging college preparatory program, we educate the whole person: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. Our secondary school community develops young men and women of moral integrity and prepares them to serve responsibly in shaping a more just and compassionate global society.

The school's current theme is "Go into the new."

The school is located at 703 Churchville Road.


In 1994, 1995 and 1996, John Carroll was one of the public and private schools nationwide to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Notable Alumni

Tom Scilipoti - Renowned Author of "Up All Night" and the highly anticipated "Three Weeks Without My Cell Phone"
*Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright.
*Zach Thornton, goalie for Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.
* Drew Westervelt, class of 2003. All-time leading scorer in men's lacrosse for UMBC. Drafted 4th overall in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse draft by the Denver Outlaws. Also plays for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League.

External links

* [ The John Carroll School]

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