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.
FHS PTSA president
FHS PTSA vice president