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Hereford High School
Established 1954
Type Public high school
Principal John Bereska
Asst. Principal Barbara Dorsey, Joe Jira,
Faculty 79[1]
Grades 9-12
Location 17301 York Road,
Parkton, Maryland, USA
District Baltimore County Public Schools
Colors Maroon and Gold          
Mascot Bull

Hereford High School is a four-year public high school located in the rural northern Baltimore County town of Parkton, Maryland, USA, as part of the Baltimore County Public Schools. The school was established in 1954.

Busing is used to transport Hereford students, who live the school's district, called the Hereford Zone. The Hereford Zone covers 233 square miles (600 km2) and makes up over a third of Baltimore County by area.[2]

This school has the only agriscience program in the county along with Hereford Middle School.



Agricultural High School opened in Sparks, Maryland in 1909 and had its first graduating class in 1912.[3] The name was changed to Sparks High School around 1920, and it was converted into an elementary school in 1953.[3] Hereford High School was established in Parkton, Maryland to replace Sparks High School in 1954.[3]

Social Studies

Hereford is known for its excellent social studies department, which annually produces upper tier AP scores. Some notable teachers include:

  • Jonathan Shinnick- Mr. Shinnick currently teaches grade 9 American Government and Advanced Placement United States Government. He is the National Honor Society co-advisor.
  • Peter Imhoff- Mr. Imhoff holds a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Imhoff currently teaches AP World History and GT World History. He has notably taught in Reading, Massachusetts and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Many students consider him to be a god.
  • Joseph Bosley- Mr. Bosley currently teaches grade 9 American Government, and grade 11 Advanced Placement United States History as well as PSAT/SAT Prep. He has served as an exam reader for the AP U.S. History test for the past four years.


The music programs of Hereford include the following:

  • Chamber Choir (for upperclassmen, by audition only)
  • BullPup Band (for Basketball and Football games)
  • Pit Orchestras (for the Winter musical, by audition only)

Starting in the 2006-07 school year, a Pep Band under the supervision of (then) Music Department Director Mark Zielinski and Orchestra Director Peter Lander was formed. It played at men's and women's basketball games. It is now under the supervision of Peter Lander and Rachel Zephir. Also, under the direction of Mrs. Elizbeth Fink, a version of a barbershop quartet, named the Bulltones was formed and performed at the following concerts.

In 2007, the Hereford High School Symphonic Winds were able to perform Chorus Angelorum by composer Samuel R. Hazo. The piece was commissioned for the Winds two years prior, after the death of Joey and Audrey Baseman (their siblings and grandchildren were in the band).

The art program at Hereford is under the direction of Kathleen Gardner and Joanna Hicks. The major group for this department is the National Art Honor Society, which provides services like face-painting at Homecoming, sponsorship of Youth Art Month activities, assisting at after-school art programs in the city and county, the House of Ruth art supply fund and more.

The theatre program at Hereford is under the direction of Chris Rose. There used to be three shows per year, however, it has been said that there will only be two shows this year. Currently, Hereford partakes in the Cappies program in the Baltimore Area. In the past, they have won awards for Best Musical (Pippin), Best Female Vocalist (Katherine Crowe in Pirates of Penzance and Julienne Gede in The Secret Garden), Best Costumes (Abby Urbanas, Steph Parks, Hannah Morgan in The Secret Garden) and, under the direction in past years of Lee Waters, members of the theatre program as well as the program as a whole won a number of awards at the All State Theatre Festival, held annually at Magruder High School in Montgomery County. Because of this continually evolving program, the actors have been able to perform songs on the Hippodrome Stage. They have also won awards at the yearly trip to the Pennsylvanian Renaissance Festival. An extracurricular Improv Troupe and Drama Club also exist.

New to Hereford this year (2008-2009 school year) is the Technical Theatre class, which gives students who are interested in theatre but dont want to act or sing the chance to be involved. The class is taught by Mr. Rose and students do a number of things to support the Hereford theatre program. For example, in the first week of class students were expected to help out by cleaning out "The Dungeon", an area under the Hereford Auditorium that is used for storage of set pieces and costumes. Students are also being taught how to use the Sound and Lighting equipment and are expected to help out with each of the three plays that the Theatre department performs. With the addition of this class, the side of theater that no one sees will have many more "techies" volunteering to lend a hand with the plays and will make the technical crews even better than they already are.


The mascot of Hereford is the bull, due to the region's rich agrarian history. The women's teams are called "Lady Bulls".

The school has won 46 state athletic championships including 14 since the year 2000. :[4]Hereford High School has won more State Championships then any other school in Baltimore county. (Hereford-46; Dulaney-28, Loch Raven-27, Towson-26) Hereford has also won the second most State Championships in the Baltimore Metro area. (Oakland Mills-56; Centennial-39; Glenelg-36)

  • Men's Cross Country: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Women's Cross Country: 1978, 1979, 1980, 2004, 2005
  • Field Hockey: 1979, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009
  • Football: 1997, 2001, 2002
  • Men's Indoor Track: 1980
  • Men's Lacrosse: 1977, 1982, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009
  • Women's Lacrosse: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009
  • Men's Soccer: 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Women's Soccer: 2000
  • Volleyball: 1975, 1979
  • Wrestling: 1970
  • Boys' Track & Field: 1971 & 1972[5]

The 2009 Hereford Cross Country team was involved in a well publicized dispute over the Baltimore County Cross Country Championships. After winning the title by several points over rivals Towson and Dulaney, another team's coaches notified officials that one Hereford runner had violated a national high school running rule by wearing black compression shorts with white stitching on each side. The Hereford team member, who had finished fourth overall, was disqualified, costing the team the championship. There was much debate over the fairness of this ruling, since minor violations to the national rules occur frequently, many of which were at the very same race. The disqualified runner, a Hereford senior, was featured in an interview article by the New York Times.

The Tennis Team won their 1st county championship in 2009 defeating rival pikesville

The Hereford High School varsity football team (the "Bulls") is well known throughout the state of Maryland.[6] The Bulls have won three state titles in recent years (1997, 2001, 2002).

In May 2006, Hereford High School initiated a controversial appeal of a ruling in the Class 2A state championship in girls' track. The initial ruling had upheld the victory of Alison Smith in the 1600-meter race, denying a claim that Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden, a wheelchair athlete, had assisted team-mate Smith by pacing her. The consequential disqualification of McFadden and Smith by the Jury of Appeals of the State Games Committee cost defending champion Atholton High School the title.[7]

Hereford High is also the host of the annual "Bull Run" Cross Country Invitational, run in the end of September, which is one of the largest East Coast cross country running events, attracting over 100 schools from surrounding states. The "grueling" course is noted for its hills, twists, turns and a steep ravine known as "The Dip", all making for what has been called "The Toughest Three Miles in Cross-Country" by John Dye of DyeStat.[8][9]


  • Total students: 1,376[10]
  • Classroom teachers: 79[1]
  • Student/teacher ratio: 17 students per teacher
  • White (not Hispanic) 94%, African American 3%, Asian/Pacific Islander 1%, Hispanic 1%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0%[11]

Notable alumni

  • Matthew McKaig, a 1992 graduate of Hereford High School, and United States Army soldier who guarded the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery for 1,121 shifts, exceeding a decade-old record of 1,119.[12]
  • The school was in the news when two alumni, Lance Cpl. Norman W. Anderson III and Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Snyder, were killed in Iraq in just over a month in 2005.[13][14]
  • Michael Brown, a sophomore, is known for being suspended for a rock-throwing incident that drew national attention in 2008.


  1. ^ a b "Hereford High School". Public School Review LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2006.
  2. ^ "Open and Closed Session Minutes". Board of Education of Baltimore County, Maryland. January 13, 2004. Retrieved December 29, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c Van den Beemt, Pat. "Pages from the past - History of Sparks High School preserved". North County News. August 1, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2006.
  4. ^ Hereford High School State Championships, accessed December 23, 2006
  5. ^ MPSSAA Track & Field
    • Men's Bullpup: 1950-2008
  6. ^ Worgo, Tom. "Back on top: Hereford wins second straight state championship". North County News. December 4, 2002. Retrieved December 29, 2006.
  7. ^ Groundbreaking wheelchair athlete disqualified at state meet, USA Today, 2006-05-26
  8. ^ Flynn, Sean P. "Far From All Downhill; 'The Toughest Three Miles in Cross-Country'", The Washington Post, November 12, 2005. Accessed December 27, 2007.
  9. ^ Kent, Milton. "Bull Run Invitational showcase running out of elite competition", Baltimore Sun, September 28, 2007. Accessed December 27, 2007. "The Bull Run has become one of the biggest races on the East Coast cross country calendar each year, attracting schools from four surrounding states and the District of Columbia.... This year, more than 100 schools, 2,600 runners, spectators and well-wishers are expected to pack Hereford with cars lined along York Road for miles, as the course, which twists and turns along steep hills and woods, is as much a part of the event as the competition itself."
  10. ^ "2006 Maryland Report Card". Maryland State Department of Education. June 15, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2006.
  11. ^ "2006 Maryland Report Card". Maryland State Department of Education. June 15, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2006.
  12. ^ "A Final Salute; Sentry Set a Record at Tomb of the Unknowns", The Washington Post, March 7, 1996. pg. V.01
  13. ^ "Parkton Marine killed in Iraq - '02 Hereford High graduate victim of suicide car bomb in Karabilah", Baltimore Sun, October 21, 2005
  14. ^ "Second Hereford High Grad Killed in Iraq", Capital News Service (Maryland), December 2, 2005

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