As Pikesville High School students arrived for school on September 19, they were greeted by the school mascot, Panther, the sound of the school band, a sea of balloons in the school’s
colors, purple and black, and a number of Baltimore County Public Schools officials. Everyone was there to celebrate the completion
of the school’s multi-million dollar renovation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“What’s crucial about the transformation at Pikesville High is that we’ve created more opportunities for students to have engaging, dynamic learning experiences,” said Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “This progress is due to strong systemwide investments from the County Executive and County Council.”
The one-story, 171,000 sq. ft. building is designed to house more than 1,000 students in Grades 9 -12. The $50 million dollar renovation provides students with state-of-the-art 21st century learning environments and full Wi-Fi access.
The upgrades also include a restyled entrance, new air conditioning and fire safety systems, exterior façade improvements, as well as roof, window, and door replacements.
The renovation project took two years to complete, and Principal Sandra Reid and officials made sure the unveiling was
memorable for staff and students.
Dance said, “Given the culture that Principal Reid has created, there’s no secret why she is our Principal of the Year.”
“Ceremonies like these are about much more than just putting central air in our schools,” County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said. “It’s about modernizing them, and Pikesville High School is a great example of what we are trying to achieve.”
More photos from the event can be seen here.