Patterson High School

Patterson High School in October 2007
100 Kane Street


United States
Coordinates39°17′33″N 76°32′11″W / 39.29250°N 76.53639°W / 39.29250; -76.53639Coordinates: 39°17′33″N 76°32′11″W / 39.29250°N 76.53639°W / 39.29250; -76.53639
School typePublic, Comprehensive
Motto"Patterson Pride" #GoooClippers
School districtBaltimore City Public Schools
School number405
PrincipalVance Benton
Enrollment973[1] (2014)
Color(s)Royal Blue (Loyalty),
White (Steadfastness of Purpose)
MascotClipper Ship
Team namePatterson Clippers

Patterson High School (formerly known as Patterson Park High School) is a public high school located in the Hopkins-Bayview neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.


Patterson High School gained media attention in 2022 when a report showed 75 percent of students tested at the school were reading and doing math an elementary school level. The school's attendance rate was 59 percent, compared to the district average of 80 percent, and dropout rate was 29 percent, with a college enrollment rate of 21 percent, meaning "more students quit school than enroll in higher education". Maryland Governor Larry Hogan commented, "Baltimore City School system is not doing a great job educating the kids...I was disgusted by it".[2]


Patterson High School is a comprehensive high school with approximately 1200 students, grades nine through twelve. The lead principal is Mr. Vance Benton, 1st African American to hold the position in the school's history.[citation needed] Patterson no longer operates as academies, but instead as a cohort model. Students are divided into cohorts based on their year of expected graduation.

Each cohort is led by a lead principal with a dedicated cohort counselor. The class of 2020's lead principal is Ernestine Edler, the class of 2021 is led by Aaron Hippolyte, the class of 2022 by Maxwell Aukwu, while the class of 2023 is led by Christian Licier. Patterson is designated as the Career Center school for Baltimore's East Side. The school is a social emotional learning, student wholeness site that offers multiple pathways in Career and Technology Education (CTE); Patterson students take pathway courses during their tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade years, in addition to Maryland State Graduation Requirements, University of Maryland Systems requirements, and a wide variety of elective courses. Pathways at Patterson for the 2019–20 school year include:

Patterson has a diverse student population. The ESOL Program has both Emergent and Newcomers Program and support for ESOL students throughout their integrated classes by offering mentoring and partnerships with Liberty's Promise and Refugee Youth Program.

In 2012 a Patterson student won first place in the Baltimore City Math Bowl.[3][4]

Patterson High School is the assumed school which Hairspray’s main character, Tracy Turnblad, goes to.[citation needed]


In 1993, Patterson, along with all the other Baltimore City public schools, left the Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) to join the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA). The move meant that Baltimore City Public Schools would be able to compete with the rest of the state's public schools in a variety of sports arenas. Since the move, the Clippers have been to the state semi-finals in 1994, 1999, 2004 and to the quarter-finals in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2001.[5]

Notable alumni


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