Walt Whitman High School (Maryland)

Coordinates: 38°58′53″N 77°07′33″W / 38.981447°N 77.12574°W / 38.981447; -77.12574
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Walt Whitman High School
7100 Whittier Boulevard


United States
Coordinates38°58′53″N 77°07′33″W / 38.981447°N 77.12574°W / 38.981447; -77.12574
TypePublic secondary
Established1962; 61 years ago (1962)
School districtMontgomery County Public Schools
NCES District ID2400480[1]
Educational authorityMaryland State Department of Education
School codeMD-15-150427
CEEB code210271
NCES School ID240048000941[2]
PrincipalRobert Dodd
Teaching staff111.60 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Enrollment2,029[2] (2021-22)
 • Grade 9574
 • Grade 10494
 • Grade 11451
 • Grade 12510
Student to teacher ratio18.18:1[2]
Campus typeSmall city[2]
Color(s)Black, white, and Columbia blue[citation needed]    
USNWR ranking104[3]
NewspaperThe Black & White

Walt Whitman High School is a public high school in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. It honors American poet Walt Whitman. The school serves grades 9-12 for the Montgomery County Public Schools.

In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school as the third best high school in Maryland, #147 nationwide, and #2 in Montgomery County Public Schools High Schools.[3]


The school opened in the fall of 1962 with 1,418 students. Designed by local architectural firm McLeod, Ferrara & Ensign, it was built on 17 levels, with a central courtyard and a geodesic dome for its gymnasium. A Ford Foundation grant underwrote the design and construction of the dome.[4][5]

In 1981, the school added a 1,176-seat auditorium. In 1992, the school demolished the geodesic dome and all other buildings except the auditorium, and constructed a new school building, which opened in the fall of 1993.[6][7]

In 2021, the school completed a 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2) addition, including 18 new classrooms, which opened in the fall of 2021.[8]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school has an active FIRST Robotics Competition team.[9]


The Black & White is the school's student-run newspaper. The National Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame inducted the paper in 1991.[10] Whitman is also notable for having the country's only student-run psychology journal. The journal circulates to over 1,000 psych teachers around the country.[11]


Whitman fields sports teams in the fall, winter, and spring. The school competes as the Vikings and is part of Montgomery County public school sports.[12] The football field is named after long-time principal Jerome Marco.[13]

The school has won 11 soccer state championships, including two back-to-back titles in 2018-2019.[14] In 2021, the girls' soccer team won the state championship.[15]

In 2006, the boys' basketball team defeated Eleanor Roosevelt 39-38 to win the school's only state title.[16] That season, Whitman leading scorer Michael Gruner was named co-gazette player of the year alongside NBA superstar Kevin Durant.[17]

The boys' tennis team has also won state titles in 2009, 2014, and 2019.[18]

The girls' basketball team won the state title in 2016, their second overall.[19]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ Eighty-Ninth Congress; Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives; General Subcommittee on Education (August 5, 1965). School Construction, 1965: Hearings on H.R. 9948, H.R. 10080, H.R. 10105, Bills to Increase Educational Opportunities Throughout the Nation by Providing Grants for the Construction of Elementary and Secondary Schools and Supplemental Educational Centers and for Other Purposes (1966 ed.). U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 200–201.
  5. ^ Meszoly, Joane (September 23, 2015). "Walt Whitman High School Reunion". Bethesda Magazine.
  6. ^ McCormick, Gabriele (August 22, 2013). "High School Forever". Bethesda Magazine.
  7. ^ Beyers, Dan (February 6, 1995). "Montgomery Parents Draw the Line at School Boundary". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ "Whitman High School Puts Final Touches on New Addition | Montgomery Community Media". August 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "Team 1389 - The Body Electric". The Blue Alliance. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "All-American Hall of Fame Inductees". studentpress.org. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Herscowitz, Eva. "Psyched about psych journal: student-run publication opens doors for aspiring psychologists". The Black and White. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Walt Whitman Athletics". Home page. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Whitman Pays Tribute to Dr. Jerome Marco". The Connection To Your Community. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  14. ^ Errigo, Michael. "Md. 4A soccer final: Whitman repeats, totals 11 championships for program". Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  15. ^ Michael, Errigo (November 20, 2021). "Whitman girls' soccer completes its surge, tops unbeaten Broadneck for Maryland 4A championship". WashingtonPost.com.
  16. ^ Kraut, Aaron (March 11, 2014). "Once Again, Underdog Whitman Makes Trip To Basketball Semifinals". Bethesda Beat. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  17. ^ Sandys, Tony. "2006 All-Mets go for NCAA glory". D.C. Sports Bog. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  18. ^ "2020 MPSSAA Spring Record Book" (PDF). Maryland Athletic Association. pp. 26, 29. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  19. ^ Beekman, Jennifer (March 13, 2016). "Whitman Wins First Girls Basketball State Championship in 21 Years". Bethesda Beat. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  20. ^ Harrington, Richard (July 25, 1982). "The Comedy of Bliss". The Washington Post. p. L3.
  21. ^ "Andrea Carroll". From the Top. January 2008. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  22. ^ Allen, Scott (February 22, 2019). "Alex Chappell will make her MASN debut as Nats' on-field reporter Saturday". The Washington Post.
  23. ^ Basler, Patrick (May 15, 2017). "Meet the Bethesda Native Who Earned an Oscar Nomination". Bethesda Magazine.
  24. ^ Brennan, Christine (September 16, 1990). "For Dilweg, the Waiting's Been the Hardest Part". The Washington Post. p. C1.
  25. ^ Frey, Jennifer (May 16, 2004). "A Filmmaker's D.C. Close-Up". The Washington Post. p. N1.
  26. ^ van Bastelaer, Matthew. "Whitman alum makes NFL practice squad". The Black & White.
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  30. ^ Suzanne Monyak; Kshithij Shrinath (July 30, 2014). "Senate Confirms Law Professor to US Court of Appeals". The Hoya.
  31. ^ Wartofsky, Alona (October 24, 1999). "A Jonze for Inventiveness". The Washington Post. p. G1.
  32. ^ Cole, Wendy (June 23, 1982). "Pursuing the Possible Dream". The Washington Post.
  33. ^ Justice, Richard (September 10, 1997). "From Whitman to the Redskins". The Washington Post. p. D1.
  34. ^ "Brooke E. Lierman, Maryland Comptroller". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  35. ^ Intrater, Zachary (March 23, 2023). "Former Walt Whitman High School and Princeton hoops star comes home to Maryland". The Sentinel. Retrieved April 11, 2023.
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  37. ^ "David Moon, Maryland State Delegate". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  38. ^ McCarthy, Ellen (December 13, 2011). "On 'Homeland,' Showtime's David Nevins seeks to get his native D.C. right". The Washington Post. p. C1.
  39. ^ Tallman, Douglas (November 21, 2019). "Democratic Debate Moderator is a Whitman Grad". Montgomery Community Media.
  40. ^ Corrigan, Ned (October 27, 1984). "Working in Movies and TV, and Beating the Odds". The Washington Post.
  41. ^ "Class of '81". bethesdamagazine.com. April 12, 2010.
  42. ^ Heath, Thomas (May 22, 2015). "New act for billionaire brothers". The Washington Post. p. F1.
  43. ^ Sweeney, Paul (October 15, 1998). "Brothers Come of Age With New Bid". The New York Times. p. 41.
  44. ^ Whiting, Amanda (September 19, 2016). "Fashion Police's Giuliana Rancic Used to Cut Class at Walt Whitman to Hang at White Flint Mall". Washingtonian Magazine.
  45. ^ Abruzzese, Sarah (September 10, 2006). "Author Alexandra Robbins". The Washington Post. p. M3.
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