Although the events of the last week have been difficult for the Frederick High School community, they have also reminded us of what makes our school so special: our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

FHS is an incredibly diverse, tolerant and tight-knit community. As an institution of learning, our students and staff embrace the opportunities they have to expand their horizons by learning from people who come from different places and situations than their own. With each encounter that reinforces common ground and experiences, our students realize that despite their different nationalities, faiths or economic situations, they are all members of the Frederick High family. And as many of our young people have so eloquently expressed during the last week, the events of Feb. 4 were an assault on our family.

As the oldest high school in Frederick County, we take great pride in our rich past, but we are also very excited about our future. We are on the cusp of construction on our modern educational building that will enable our students to enjoy the same amenities and technologies available to students in other high schools across the county. We have the first African-American athletic director in FCPS history. Our SAT scores exceed the Maryland average, and more than 75 percent of our students take and earn college credit via AP exams. Our graduates earn acceptance to some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, such as Harvard, MIT and the service academies.

The pride our students, faculty, staff and alumni have demonstrated in light of the shooting is more than a simple slogan such as #FHSSTRONG. It is a palpable sense that we will continue to see Frederick — and the world — in bigger and better terms.

We are Frederick High and we are very, very proud of who we are and what we stand for.

Jana Sheffer

FHS PTSA president

Kate McDermott

FHS PTSA vice president


(7) comments


Awesome letter and so very true. All four of my children attended/attend FHS and love it. Their experiences there will help them throughout their lives.

Don DeArmon

Great letter. Frederick High is the flagship of all the county high schools -- a history going back more than 100 years. I was also pleased to see the FNP article that Frederick was one of just 3 county high schools that had started a bioengineering club.

My four children all graduated and loved their experience. My daughters came home from college thanking us for sending them to such a rich and diverse high school.


Thank you ladies for a great letter. FHS is a great school. Father of 3 proud alumni.


Agree with other commenters. I am happy my kids are at such a diverse accepting school with lots of dedicated excellent teachers and staff.


My son received a great education at FHS. It is one of the most diverse schools in the county. #FHSSTRONG


I went there as did my sister and son, a great school back then, now??


So, so true! I vividly recall my daughter's first days at FHS years ago. Feeling released from the peer pressures of middle school where everything was about name brand clothes, community position, etc,. she said, "I love Frederick High School. No one cares anymore about what we wear or what our family name is. Everyone is accepted for more than these things." Thanks, Jana, for brining the strengths of FHS to this column.

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