Award Year: 2014

Northern Garrett High School

86 Pride Parkway
Accident, MD, 21520-2006

(301) 746-8668

Mr. Gary Lee Reichenbecher, Principal at time of Nomination

Garrett County Public Schools

School Website


Northern Garrett High School challenges each student to develop personal excellence in order to become a career and college-ready citizen and life-long learner.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 96%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
AP Environmental Science students working on a local stream restoration project

AP Environmental Science students working on a local stream restoration project

Northern Garrett High School, located in western Maryland, is a comprehensive high school consisting of slightly fewer than 500 students, 40% of whom qualify for Free and Reduced Meals. A staff of 70 professionals and support personnel provide rigorous educational programs consisting of merit, honors, and advanced placement instruction in all core areas. Over 60% of the students complete at least one of eleven Career and Technology Education programs offered.

Northern boasts an average overall proficiency percentage on the Maryland High School Assessments in math and reading of over 98%. Additionally, 96% of students receiving Free and Reduced Meals obtained proficient scores in math and 94% scored proficient in English. Recently recognized as one of the Nation’s Best High Schools and named a Silver Medal School by The U.S. News and World Report, Northern has always achieved Adequate Yearly Progress and is categorized in the highest level of School Progress Indicators according to the state of Maryland.

A key factor to Northern’s success is the strong community and business partnerships formed and fostered through the years. Athletic, music, theater, JROTC and other parent-led booster groups assist in the procurement of funds, organize special events, and support the school in a number of ways. Businesses and other groups within the community generously support the school through donations of supplies, equipment, time, and money. The support of parents, community, and businesses shows their faith in Northern as well as the realization that student success can only occur when everyone works together.