The success of Oakland Mills, first opened in 1972, is a testament to the collaborative effort of the school and the community, board member Janet Siddiqui said.
A lot of things have happened in the last 40 years — the fall of the Berlin Wall , the advent of the Internet and the first black president, to name a few. The celebration, complete with games, cake and booths from various school organizations, the Howard County Public Library System and the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, also was attended by many who probably know the school the best: Countless students have passed through Oakland Mills' doors in the last four decades, and the celebration was a special one for Maggie, she said, because she was celebrating with her parents, who attended the school in the 1980s.
Maggie Attridge, 12, said attending the school had been fun, exciting and educational for her.
Last year, the student population was about 28 percent white, 21 percent Hispanic, and 38 percent black, and the most dramatic change he has seen, Cliffard said, is the growing diversity of his students. Hundreds gathered at Oakland Mills Friday night to celebrate the school's 40th anniversary; the crowd included community members, local dignitaries and students — past, present and future.
Oakland Mills is not a cookie-cutter school, Clifford said. Sara Toth, stoth tribune.
Tekye Evans, a seventh-grader, listed the reasons he's proud to be a student at Oakland Mills: George Clifford, Oakland Mills' sixth-grade earth science teacher, has been at the school since 1980, and has seen three generations of students sit in his classroom. Addressing the sea of red the PTA purchased commemorative T-shirts in the school's colors for the celebration , Board of Education members commented on the school's history and its accomplishments.