Archbishop Spalding High School is proud of its legacy in offering a Catholic college-preparatory education since 1963. Today a growing number of our students are now the second generation of young men and women to attend Archbishop Spalding. Whether first or second generation, every student passing through our hallowed halls will grow in knowledge, faith, service and leadership. Each student will become a part of our legacy of excellence in Catholic education.
Archbishop Spalding High School was founded in an era of great social and economic change within our country and world. Under the direction of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the school was founded in 1963 as a Catholic secondary school for girls, and was originally staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Known at the time as Holy Trinity High School, the school relocated to our present facility in 1966.
Upon moving to the New Cut Road property, His Eminence Lawrence Cardinal Shehan renamed the school Martin Spalding High School in honor of the seventh Archbishop of Baltimore. With foresight that the local residential area would continue to grow and become more populated with families desiring Catholic education for their children, in 1973 the school became co-educational, welcoming the first boys as freshmen and sophomores. During the late 1980’s the student population continued to grow as the school began to offer new academic courses and an expanded athletic program. In 1986, the school changed its formal name to Archbishop Spalding High School and by the mid –1990’s the school’s enrollment reached 900 students.
Today the school welcomes students from more than 45 middle schools that offer Catholic, private or public education. The majority of the students attending the school live within a 35 mile radius of the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis corridors.
Spalding offers students a challenging college preparatory curriculum balanced with a wide variety of co-curricular activities and athletic opportunities to help students prepare for the challenges of the 21st century. Over 98% of Spalding graduates pursue higher education attending all five service academies (USNA, USMA, USAFA, USCGA, and USMMA), Notre Dame, Princeton, Yale, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, the University of North Carolina and many other prestigious colleges and universities.