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Fairmont Heights High School
Location
1401 Nye Street, Fairmount Heights
Maryland 20743, United States of America
Information
Type Public Comprehensive Secondary School
Established 1950
School district Prince George's County Public Schools
Oversight Maryland State Department of Education
Principal Ms. Nakia Nicholson
Grades 912
Enrollment approx. 1,000 (SY 2008-09)
Campus Co-Educational
Color(s) Maroon, Black, Gray, White
                   
Mascot Hornets
Newspaper The Hornets Nest
Communities served Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant, Kentland, Palmer Park, Chapel Oaks, Belle Haven, Village Green
Feeder schools G. James Gholson Middle School, Kenmoore Middle School
Phone (301) 925-1360
Website

Fairmont Heights High School (est.1950) is a public comprehensive secondary school located in Fairmount Heights, Maryland in Prince George's County just outside of Washington D.C. It is part of the Prince George's County Public Schools system. Two middle schools (G. James Gholson and Kenmoore, both in Landover) feed into Fairmont Heights. It is one of the oldest high schools in Prince George's County and is part of the School Board District 3.

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History

Fairmont Heights High School opened its doors back in 1950. It was the only school in Prince George's County at the time to serve African Americans in the area. The school was originally named after the town it is in, Fairmount Heights. The name of the school differs slightly from the name of the town, as it is missing a "u". This is because of a mistake a contractor made when constructing the sign for the town's elementary school in 1934. When the high school was created, it kept the same spelling as the elementary school.[1]

Academics and programs

Fairmont Heights High School (often abbrieviated FHHS) is part of the bio-technology magnet program along with Largo High School in Largo. Many students just refer to FHHS as Fairmont.

Block schedule

In 2004 Fairmont Heights, along with the other Prince George's County public high schools, adopted the "Alternating A/B Block Schedule". The A/B block allows students to take four alternating every-other-day classes all year. A-days consist of Period 1-4 and B-days consist of Period 5-8. Other schools offer periods 1, 3, 5, 7 on A-days and 2, 4, 6, 8 on B-days. All lunches take place during 3rd period.

Notable Events

Jay-Z visited FHHS in 2000.
Rev Jesse Jackson visted FHHS in 2009.

School Uniforms

School uniforms at FHHS are mandatory. Students wear white or burgundy polo or oxford style shirts and khaki pants, shorts, skirts, and/or dresses. Students must wear ID badges around their necks at all times. A sweater or vest must be burgundy, gray or white.

Communities served by Fairmont Heights

Fairmont Heights High School serves students from almost all of the city of Seat Pleasant and all of the town of Fairmount Heights. It serves most of the town of Landover which includes part of the communities Kentland, Palmer Park, Belle Haven, and Village Green.

Feeder patterns and admissions

There is no admissions process (i.e. pre-entrance examination) for students to attend Fairmont Heights. Students must live in the designated zoned attendance area for FHHS. Certain academics have specific requirements that students need to satisfy in order to apply for that program.

References

  1. ^ Gruen, Phyllis (1979). "Fairmount Heights". Prince George's Journal. http://unitus.org/FULL/Fairmount%20Heightsbooklet.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-09.  

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