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Unified Tennis - Wins Gold

The team won gold medals Monday at the District tournament.  They will be travelling to Towson on Monday, October 27th for the State tournament.    Congratuations team members!

Garrett County History Information needed

In preparation for writing our final play of the year, "More Than a Lake: A Garrett County History", I am asking for your assistance. Not being from Garrett County, I am at a disadvantage on where to begin.
1. My students will be doing a lot of research about Garrett County and actually visiting some historical sites around the county. I was hoping for some suggestions of places that they should not miss because they are essential to the history of the area.
2. If you, anyone in your family, or any of your friends have interesting tales on local events, history, etc. we are looking to interview individuals for our project. If your family has been in the area for more than 4 generations and you would be willing to share with us some of your family history, please let me know. 
We will be reaching out not only to the school, but to the entire community to gain meaningful information so that this play is a well rounded representation of Garrett County's past, present and future. I am also hoping that the students will gain a new respect for this beautiful area that we call home. This project will be ongoing in both Theatre I and II class until it is performed at both NHS and Our Town Theatre in Oakland in April.
I appreciate your help and can't wait to hear from you!  You may call Jennifer Virts at 301-746-8668 from 11:20 am to 1:10 pm to after 3:15 pm. OR email her at  

Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will hit the football field and the high school principals at the November 7th Garrett Cup, the Northern vs.Southern football game held at Southern High School this year! The principals of Northern High School, Mr. Gary Reichenbecher, and Southern High School, Mr. Jim Maddy, have challenged their student bodies to raise the most funds for the ALS Foundation. In return, the two students who raise the most money at each school will ice the principals at the Garrett Cup. Students will collect donations from October 27th-November 6th through their Enrichment period. Donations from the community are welcomed as Northern High School attempts to out-collect their cross-county rival. Contact the main office at the high school at 301-746-8668 with any questions.

Northern Garrett High School Receives National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School Award - Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe 

Northern Garrett High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for all of the Husky athletic programs. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.
“We are very honored to receive this 1st team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletic program to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Mrs. Terry Stough, Certified Athletic Trainer/Licensed Athletic Trainer. “I would like to especially thank Mrs. Aiken, our school nurse, the Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad for game coverage, Dr. Dan Miller, who provides free physicals for our athletes, Mike and Carol Voelkel from GOPT, and Dr. David Tuel and his staff for assisting me throughout my years at Northern Garrett since 1986.”
Physical activity is very important for our youth, according to NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES. “There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk. Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, exertional sickling, cervical spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening.”  He notes that proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today.
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs, such as Northern High, must do the following:
     Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
     Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
     Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
     Plan for selection, fit, function, and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
     Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
     Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
     Provide or facilitate injury intervention
     Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
     Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
     Educate athletes and parents about the potential benefits and risks in sports, as well as their responsibilities.
Pictured above:  Cody Wilt, Northern Rescue Squad; Terry Stough, teacher and athletic trainer; Phil Carr, teacher and athletic director; Husky Mascot (Eli Eggleston); Gary Reichenbecher, Principal; Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education; and Matt Eggleston, Vice Principal.

Northern High School Named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School       


Northern Garrett High School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School today by the U.S. Department of Education.
The award honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.  Schools are being recognized based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups as measured by their performance on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms.  The award recognizes that students can achieve to high levels. 
Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent of Schools, expressed, "I am delighted that Northern Garrett High School students, staff and supportive community are being recognized nationally as one of the top high schools.  I am proud of their commitment and dedication which is demonstrated every day in every way to encourage excellence.”
The entire faculty and students gathered in the gymnasium to watch the announcement made by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Mr. Duncan designated 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014.  The announcement was broadcast live at 1:30 PM on ED’s USTREAM channel and subsequently will be made available on ED’s YouTube channel.  “These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”
During the assembly, Mr. Gary Reichenbecher, Principal, along with Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent, Mrs. Cynthia Downton, on behalf of the Board, Mr. Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education, Ms. Michelle Harman, Supervisor of College and Career Readiness, and Senator George Edwards congratulated the school for its outstanding efforts.
Mr. Reichenbecher indicated, “It is difficult to describe the level of pride that I have for the students and staff of Northern High School.  Receiving an award such as this one demonstrates what can be attained through hard work and perseverance.  In receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award, acknowledgment must be given to the elementary and middle schools as well as the parents, local community, and the Garrett County Board of Education for preparing our students to be successful at the high school level.  To obtain this degree of recognition, it takes a total team effort, and we share this award with everyone involved.  Garrett County citizens should be extremely proud of our educational system.”  Northern High School is the first National Blue Ribbon School in the history of Garrett County Public Schools.
The Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates. Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.  Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.
Northern High School, one of six Maryland winning public schools, will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on November 10-11 in Washington, D.C.  For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, go to .
A school celebration for the staff and students will be held at a later date.

Letter Explaining State Testing Requirements

Parents and students, please click on the link above to see a letter explaining state testing requirements for each graduating class. If you have any questions, please contact the counseling center.

School Grounds Information:

The administration would like to remind everyone that all Garrett County school grounds are tobacco/drug/alcohol free.  This includes the use of e-cigarettes. No one should be using any of these products on school property and all sporting events will be closely monitored.   Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and visitors.  


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities.

Sep 25, 2014 at 1:22pm, Northern Garrett High School

Northern High and Diehl's Ford Sales: Drive 4UR School

Diehl's Ford Sales teamed up again with the Ford Motor Company and raised $5,580 for Northern Garrett High School with a Drive 4UR School event this May.

Aug 4, 2014 at 3:08pm, Northern Garrett High School

Northern High School's Student Council Makes Donation to Dove Center

Northern High School's student council recently presented a donation to the Dove Center. .

Dec 23, 2013 at 9:29am, Northern Garrett High School