Allegany High School

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Allegany High School
616 Sedgwick Street
Cumberland, Maryland
United States
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Type Public secondary
Established 1887
Principal Michael Calhoun
Grades 9–12
Enrollment approx 650
Color(s) Blue and white
Mascot Campers

Allegany High School is a public high school in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. Allegany High School was built as Allegany County High School in 1887, hence it is often referred to as 'Alco'.

As of 2005, the school had 825 students and 49 teachers. Students were 93% white, 5% African-American and 2% Asian. 19% were eligible for reduced lunch, less than the state average of 27%.


Allegany High School was initially a secondary education school held in the Maryland Avenue Schoolhouse. The school had many different locations including the building on Greene Street, which was used as a combined middle/high school until the spring of 1926. At that time, the building now known as Allegany High School had been completed and was prepared to accept Greene Street’s high school students. Middle school students remained on Greene Street until the school later burned down in 1932. “Camp Hill,” the site of the present day Allegany, was a federal army camp during the Civil War.

The “Camper” mascot is a source of much confusion. The most widely accepted theory is that Civil War General Lew Wallace and his men began calling the site "Campobello" that during their time here. The word Campobello is derived from Latin, meaning "camp of war".


The football team plays their games at the Greenway Avenue Stadium, shared with Fort Hill High School. Allegany High Schools last football state championship, its 8th in all, was in 2005 when they went 14–0 and beat Snow Hill High School in the 1-A Maryland state championship.

Allegany plays Fort Hill every year in the annual Homecoming game, which is the last regular season game for both teams. In 2007, NFL Films came to Cumberland and filmed the entire week of Homecoming as well as the game itself.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities

The 'Alco White' Mock trial team is one of the many organizations in the school. In the 2005–2006 season, the team won the circuit and the regional championships, advancing to the Maryland state Mock Trial Final Four competition in April 2006. The 2006–2007 team lost in the finals to Severn School. The 2007–08 team advanced to the semi-finals, but were defeated by Severna Park. The 2008-2009 team won the Maryland State Mock Trial Championship.

The marching band placed ninth at Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in November 2006. In November 2007, the Allegany High School Marching Band placed 8th at the Atlantic Coast Championships. At the National Championships, the band placed 11th out of 18. In November 2009, the marching band placed 2nd at the ACC's championships, and in November 2010, the Allegany Band placed 3rd at the Atlantic Coast Championships.

In addition to the band programs the school sponsors indoor color guard and indoor percussion groups. The Allegany Visual Ensemble was the 2011 Winter Guard International Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Regional A Champions.

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. "Allegany High School" (PDF). Ohio State University. Retrieved 27 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. "Aaron Laffey". Baseball Retrieved 27 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Biography for William H. Macy at the Internet Movie Database

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