Bishop Walsh School

Bishop Walsh School sits high atop Haystack Mountain in Cumberland, MD and welcomes students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The school opened its doors to students in 1966, becoming the only Catholic high school in the area. The school is named for native son Bishop James Edward Walsh, a Maryknoll missionary. In 1927, James Edward became the first American consecrated as a Bishop in China. He worked tirelessly with children, pilgrims, politicians, priests and diplomats through the years of WWII, and assisted with Japanese-American relations with President Roosevelt. At the age of 67 in 1968, Bishop Walsh began serving a twenty year prison sentence in Shanghai under the rule of the Chinese Communists. His "crime" was that of helping local priests to obtain much needed funding for their outreach. He remained strong and faith-filled in the face of adversity, and was suddenly released in July of 1970. Following his sudden release, Bishop Walsh arrived in Cumberland on October 17, 1970. He rested at At. Patrick's for the weekend and attended the dedication of the school and welcoming mass on Monday, October 20, thus celebrating the naming of the school in his honor. Bishop Walsh died on July 29, 1981. Bishop Walsh School turned forty in 2006-2007. In 2002, St. John Neumann Elementary School joined Bishop Walsh Middle/High School. The new Bishop Walsh School enjoyed a renewed spirit and vitality with the addition of elementary students and faculty, a renaissance and revitalization which is ongoing. Today, high school students may choose coursework from a slate of college prep and Advanced Placement programs, while elementary and middle school students can participate in accelerated classes in geography, reading, math, and language arts. Students in all grades have access to technology labs and computer science classes. Students may qualify for specialized programs of study, including the Challenge Program in middle school and the Ann and Gene Pratt Program which meets specialized reading needs and learning differences for all grades. Campus ministry augments daily religious studies with community and family outreach. Over 85% of the student body participates in athletics and fine and performing arts activities, and 99% attend colleges and universities upon graduation, assisted by generous scholarships annually exceeding one to two million dollars. 100% of the students participate in community outreach and volunteerism, reinforcing the values of service and care for others which, combined with academics, arts, athletics and spirituality, form the basis for a Bishop Walsh Education.