Western’s 175th Anniversary Year!
On November 1, 2019, Michelle White, principal of Western High School, joined with Western High School Foundation and Maryland dignitaries to announce the beginning of a year-long celebration of Western High School’s 175th Anniversary as the oldest public school for girls in the nation, founded in November 1844. Much has been achieved since the celebration’s beginning! Covid-19 interrupted several planned 2020 gatherings and necessitated Western’s leaders and faculty to focus completely on the important work of educating students virtually. Yet the school, alums, business and community leaders pressed on for Foundation advances and an iconic virtual celebration April 29, 2021, at 7:00pm.
Western High School Banner donated by alum and erected on the South wall of the building.
Local artist Jess Pfohl commissioned for Western High School notable alum portraits and installed in front hallway.
December 2019 - March 2020
Western students visit Anna Deavere Smith at NYU.
Western High School Foundation is incorporated. Officers installed: Carolyn O’Keefe (’74) president; Luwanda Jenkins (’80) vice president; Carla Nealy (’82) treasurer; Christine McKee (’74) secretary. Constance Baker, Esq. (’65) is named Foundation’s legal advisor.
Covid shutdown begins.
May - July 2020
The Lois and Irving Blum Social Justice Activism Scholarship is established at Western and awarded to Western Graduate, Isis Carter, Class of 2020 who will attend Goucher College.
Foundation names new members, Lee Kappelman, WHS 1972, and Maria del Reyes Buzaitis, SVP Laureate Education.
Westernites Reunite Campaign, chaired by Shiela Pollikof King (’80) is launched to identify and re-engage alum.