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Stephen Decatur High School

Just eight miles west of Ocean City, Maryland on Route 50, Stephen Decatur High School is the largest of Worcester County's three high schools, with an enrollment of over 1,450 students. Centered around a solid foundation of academic coursework in the areas of language, science, math, and social sciences, Decatur students also have access to new technologies and fine arts opportunities in theatrics, music, and the visual arts. We have a first class cadet program, sponsored by the United States Government, which provides wide-ranging leadership training. More than anything, Stephen Decatur High School is about providing opportunity to each and every one of our students, which shows in their accomplishments.

School Profile

Mission Statement

The mission of Worcester County Northern Schools, a diverse and growing community, is to provide a rigorous, sequential, and balanced curriculum for all students to become responsible life-long learners. This will be accomplished through instructional excellence in partnership with family and community in a safe, caring and well-maintained environment. We will recognize the uniqueness of each student's role as a productive citizen in an ever-changing world.

School Highlights and Awards

Maryland Blue Ribbon School, Award-Winning Choirs, Legal Interns, FBLA, Drama Program, $500,000 Federal Smaller Learning Communities Grant, Student Operated TV Studio, Character Education School, Maryland Most Beautiful People Award, Wendy's High School Heisman Program/National Finalist Student Award, President Bush-Daily Points of Light Award, Worcester County Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group Award, Maryland State "Sherry Unger Award," $10,000 National Intel and Scholastic School of Distinction Award, Maryland Center for Character Education School of the Year, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Educational Leadership Award, SMART Showcase School, After School Academy The Global Village Community Foundation Grant, The Bayside Conference Sportsmanship Award, Special Education Creative Achievement Award, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore Educational Leadership Award, Recipient of Maryland Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative, Re-accreditation through Middle States, Siemens STEM Fellow, First Place-Rookie Seed Award and First Place-Underwriter's Laboratory for Pit Safety at Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament, First Place-Underwriter's Laboratory for Pit Safety at Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament in Washington, DC, First Place-Alliance Award in Maryland Botball Regional Tournament, Third Place-Science Olympiad at Salisbury University

Special Programs

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Program, Mentoring Program, Freshman Seahawk Day, Homecoming, Annual Career Week-Job Fair, Connections, Read 180 Program, NHS Tutoring Program, SAT Prep Program

After School Programs

Review Programs for Academic Credit, Clubs and Sports, and After School Academy Intervention and Enrichment Programs

Parent Involvement Opportunities

After Prom Committee, Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters, SIAC, AFG Teams, Chorus Boosters, NJROTC Boosters


Mr. Thomas Zimmer
Assistant Principals
Mrs. Katherine Cater, Mr. Mark Flynn, Ms. Wynnette Handy,
Mr. Ryan Cowder
Guidance Counselors
Mr. Joshua Horsman, Mrs. Valerie Brady, Ms. Marcea Redden, Mr. Timothy Ferry
9913 Seahawk Rd.

Berlin, MD 21811

Grade 9 through Grade 12
School Day
Begins at 7:48 AM; Ends at 2:40 PM
1,313 students
96 Teachers, 16 Educational Assistants, 7 Food Service Personnel, 3 Nurses, 8 Secretaries, 1 Media Specialist, 12 Custodians, 1 Speech Therapist, 1 Psychologist, 1 Special Education Therapist, 1 Special Education Tech, 1 Athletic Trainer, 1 Vision Therapist, 1 Technology Coach, 1 Student Services Worker; 1 Curriculum Resource Teacher, 1 Test Coordinator
School Built
1964, 1980, 1999, 2002
Total Size
256,000 sq. ft.
27.4 acres
Teacher to Student Ratio