A Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
Poly Quick Facts


Poly was founded in 1883 as a school for male students interested in manual arts. It quickly became recognized for preparing boys to enter careers in math and engineering. In 1952, Poly became Maryland's first public high school to racially integrate the student body. The school moved to its current location on Falls Road and W. Cold Spring Lane in 1967; women became full-time students in 1974.

Student Body:

There are currently 1550 students enrolled (49% male/51 % female.) Seventy -five percent of the students are African-American, 20% White, 3% Asian, and 2% Hispanic.

Average class size:



Poly faculty have been educated at a wide variety of colleges and universities.  The Maryland State Department of Education (mdreportcard.org) classifies 96% of our teachers as being "highly qualified." About fifteen members of the Poly staff are Poly alumni. A listing of our faculty can be found at: www.bpi.edu/email. 

Academic Scholarship Money Earned:

Over $18 million by the Class of 2015
Over $19 million by the Class of 2016
Over $27 million by the Class of 2017

College Acceptances for the Class of 2017 includes (but not limited to):

Yale, Brown, Washington University in St. Louis, Howard, Spelman, University of MD, College Park, Morgan State University, Carnegie Mellon, University of California, Santa Cruz, Purdue, Duke, Emory, Johns Hopkins University, MICA, Northwestern, Tuskegee, Olin College of Engineering, UMBC, Stevenson, Alabama State University, Albright College, Alderson-Broadus College, Boston College, Bowie State, Bucknell, Clark Atlanta, Coppin State, Delaware State, Drexel, Temple, Florida State, Frostburg, Hampton, Kentucky State, Lincoln,  Loyola, McDaniel, North Carolina A&T, Notre Dame of Maryland, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Ohio University, Penn State, Towson University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute...... 

After Poly:

99% of the students go on to higher education following graduation. 

Number of Advance Placement (AP) courses:

12-18+ depending on course requests.  (English Literature, English Language, World History, US History, US Government, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Calculus AB , Calculus BC, Economics, AP Research, AP Capstone, Art History, Art, Spanish, Computer Science). 

Foreign languages offered:

French, German, Spanish, Chinese.

Musical groups:

Award winning marching band, jazz band, orchestra, combined band, band front, and drumline. 

Number of interscholastic sports teams:


Poly Alumni Association:

Nearly 20,000 on the current mailing list.