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February 5, 2012
The South High Alumni Association will award scholarships to South High graduating students who will attend college or a vocational/technical school in the fall. To qualify, students must have a 2.0 grade-point average or higher and have given service to South High through active participation in school activities, school leadership or special service to faculty and/or other students at the school.Scholarship applications are available in the South High guidance office and must be submitted no later than April 2.
Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | January 6, 2013
The South Hagerstown High School Rebel Alumni Association will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. in the school's media center.  Included on the agenda will be discussion of scholarships and plans for the annual golf tournament. Any graduate of South High is welcome to attend. For more information, go to .      Travelogue series continues Jan. 16 The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown will present its fourth program of the travelogue series, “Majestic Montana,” Wednesday, Jan. 16.  The program, at the South Hagerstown High School auditorium, begins at 7 p.m. The presenter will be Steve Gonser.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | April 26, 2013
As South Hagerstown High School students walked down the main hallway to leave school Friday, 121 students in red shirts, representing teenagers who have died from distracted driving accidents, stood on either side of them and did not say a word. They held up signs such as “I wanted to be a veterinarian” or “I wanted to graduate,” in addition to providing statistics about distracted driving accidents. Many of the students entering the hallway who first acted surprised, making jokes and talking loud about the situation, began to quiet down and read the signs as they continued to walk down the hallway, with many of them silent by the time they went outside.
March 8, 2012
Washington County Public Schools College and Career Night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Representatives from schools and businesses will be available to provide information about college and career planning for parents and students. Go to for a schedule of workshops and speakers. Admission is free. For more information, contact Lori Parks-Murphy at 301-766-8721 or .
December 3, 2012
An odor of smoke in South Hagerstown High School Monday afternoon was caused by a belt that overheated in an air-handling system, a Hagerstown Fire Department spokesman said. It took awhile to determine what was causing the smoke odor, said Battalion Chief Russell Grim. The odor was reported in the building at 3:42 p.m. and firefighters left the school at 5:50 p.m.
January 13, 2013
About 220 health studies students at South Hagerstown High School recently participated in a student service-learning project involving first aid. The health teachers who led the project were Amy Deeds and Justin Burnett. The students completed the project and received 15 community-service hours. The students researched common first-aid topics, such as burns, heart attacks, seizures, strokes and allergic reactions. They created a presentation to share awareness with students and families in the community about signs and symptoms, treatments, prevention and what to do in case of a medical emergency.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 25, 2013
South Hagerstown High School Principal Timothy Dawson, who had been placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 6, resigned his post last Friday for personal reasons, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said Monday. Jeremy Jakoby, whose most recent position was supervisor of testing and accountability in the school system's Central Office, officially reported to South High on Monday as acting principal, Wright said. At the time Dawson was put on leave, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox wrote in an e-mail response to an inquiry from The Herald-Mail that, “Beyond confirming that he is on leave, I am not at liberty to discuss the matter further.” “We don't comment about personnel matters,” Wright said Monday.
By DON AINES | | February 6, 2013
The principal of South Hagerstown High School was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday, but the superintendent of Washington County Public Schools said he could not discuss details of the move. Timothy Dawson was “placed on paid administrative leave today,” Superintendent Clayton Wilcox wrote in an e-mail response to an inquiry from The Herald-Mail. “Beyond confirming that he is on leave, I am not at liberty to discuss the matter further.” “Sherry Hamilton, who is his designee, is serving as acting principal,” Wilcox wrote.  Hamilton is the assistant principal of Curriculum and Instruction at the school, according to its website.
June 2, 2013
The South Hagerstown High School Rebel Alumni Association recently presented $1,000 scholarships to students graduating from South High in June. Scholarship recipients: Michaela Brewer Brewer  maintains a 3.88 grade-point average.  She serves as Student Council president, class president, president of the South High National Honor Society, president of the Washington County Student Council, chairwoman of Miles for Mommies 5K, lacrosse team...
September 19, 2012
A Montgomery County Public Schools administrator has been hired to be an assistant principal at South Hagerstown High School. The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved personnel moves Tuesday, including hiring John D. Shirk to be an assistant principal at South High. Shirk has been an assistant principal at Magruder High School in Montgomery County, Md., said Mike Markoe, associate superintendent for educational improvement and innovation. Magruder's website lists Shirk as an assistant school administrator.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | September 6, 2013
Smooth jazz saxophonist Steven Grove, who is also known by his musical moniker Euge Groove, is a product of musical education in Washington County Public Schools. And that's one reason why Grove, 50, will return for a show at his alma mater, South Hagerstown High School (class of 1980), for a one-night-only concert Sunday, Sept. 15.  Grove's connection with music in public schools started early. His first public performance was in second grade at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.
Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | September 2, 2013
South Hagerstown High's Alumni Association will hold a yard sale Saturday, Sept. 21, on the school grounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Setup begins at 7 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine. The cost to rent a space is $10. Registration is required. To reserve a space, call Tobey Anderson at 301-582-1923 or send an email to Sharon Cooper at . All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Diabetes support group The diabetes support group at Walnut Towers will meet Wednesday, Sept.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | August 21, 2013
South Hagerstown High freshman Jake McCarter said he was a little nervous about his first day in high school, thinking he would get lost and worried about the stereotype of first-year students being “fresh meat.” “Now that I've started high school it's, like, a lot easier and a lot more fun than I thought it would be at first,” said Jake, 14, of Hagerstown. Jake was playing the marimba, similar to a xylophone, in Band Director Scott Benford's fifth-period percussion class.
August 20, 2013
The South Hagerstown High School Class of 1958 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Homewood Suites on Pullman Lane in Hagerstown.  Reservations are due by Aug. 31 to Edith Bragunier Hahn at 10608 Bratton Court, Williamsport, MD 21795.   Those who have not received an invitation can call Joan Poole Bachtell at 301-714-1010 or send an email to  The reunion committee is looking for contact information for the following classmates: Judith Barkdoll Flook, Nancy Barry Shoemaker, Robert Bartgis, Ronald Blickenstaff, Beverly Bowman Martin, Larry Cantrell, Ellen Chapman Ferrell, William Colvin, Helen Dennis, Judy Dippel, James Fore, Roberta Kay Fouche Bennett, John Gooding, Vivian Jean Grove Dehart, Joann Hoffman Mentzer, Alma Hollar Kline, Robert Jeffords, Kenneth Johnson, Nancy Kagey Dugger, Dawn Keckler Schaff, Lovelene Kennedy Jones, Pat Martz Warfield, Ann Louise McKenzie, Edwin Miller, Clarence Patterson, Robert Reynolds, Marvin Russell, Kenneth Secrist, Maxine Shank Wiles, Rayetta Smith Gordon, Mary Speilman Smith, Phillip St Clair, Juanita Stoner, Charles Stouffer, Gary Twigg, Charles Walters, Edna Webb Miller, Lois White Shaffer and Hubert Wolford.  Anyone with any information about these classmates is asked to call Edith Hahn at 301-223-1870, Bachtell, or Jim Ford, class president and reunion chairman, at 772-783-5334.
August 18, 2013
The South Hagerstown High School girls soccer team recently participated in the third annual Krumpe's Donut Alley Rally 5K run. The group has completed the race for the past three years as a final celebration to its summer conditioning program.  Before the race, the team gathered in a team-building activity to make T-shirts together, which represented their unity.  The only requirements were creativity and an acknowledgement of the Wounded Warrior...
August 11, 2013
Stephanie Young, daughter of Mary and Philip Young, was awarded the Future Teacher Scholarship, a $700 award presented by the Hagerstown Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international educational honorary organization for women educators. A 2013 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, Stephanie was the class valedictorian, secretary of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Key Club, Annie Club and the school academic team. In addition, Stephanie was the recipient of the Madeline Noll Memorial Scholarship.
July 31, 2013
The South Hagerstown High School Class of 1963 recently held its 50-year reunion.  Activities offered during the weekend included: • Friday - Tour of Pry House Field Hospital Museum and lunch at Bonnie's at the Red Byrd, tour of Antietam National Battlefield, Meet and Greet at Elks Lodge 378. • Saturday - Breakfast at the Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84, tour of the Hager House and lunch at Schmankerl Stube Restaurant, walking tour...
By ANDREW MASON | | June 10, 2013
Being the coach's kid only counts for so much in a sport like track and field, where results usually supersede any kind of favoritism. While South Hagerstown coach Dwayne Freeman said his daughter, Hayley Freeman, never received any special treatment, he couldn't help but recognize that her work ethic indeed was special - as were her results. At the Maryland state championships - her final high school meet - on Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore, the senior won a Class 3A gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay, silver medals in both the 300 hurdles and 4x200 relay and she placed fourth in the 100 hurdles.
By DON AINES | | June 7, 2013
Some of the closest attachments people form in their lives occur during their school years, but for eight graduates of South Hagerstown High School's Class of 2013, the bonds go back to Day One. “Eighteen years and nine months we've been rooming together,” said Khyri Baker, referring to his twin brother, Khalib. The Bakers are one of four sets of twins among the more than 250 South High graduates who received their diplomas at the school Friday. They are now set to take separate paths in life: Khalib is going to York (Pa.)
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