Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.
Seniors line up in the heat to have their final yearbook photos taken.
Seniors Say (Melted) Cheese? [Brief]
This year's senior yearbook portraits fell during a record heat wave.
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Heat broke records this month at Friends School of Baltimore.

Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends’ ‘Orange Thursday’ [Brief]

Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
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Asher Blakeley
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlin’s office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the team’s winning season have pride of place.

The Baltimore Orioles have been a historically bad team since their last playoff appearance in 2016. They regularly lost 100 games in a season. All across Baltimore, fans dwindled as it became harder to support their home team.

The same was true at Friends.

But the tides are turning. An orange wave is on the horizon.

In 2023, the Orioles have been a different team. Led by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, they captured the hearts of fans around Friends School and Baltimore. They won the American League East for the first time in nine years and secured the best overall record in the American League, sending them to the American League Divisional Series, the second round of the Major League Baseball playoffs.

As fans in the Friends Upper School prepared for the start of the series, senate co-president Harrison Fribush announced that Thursday, October 5th would be “Orange Thursday”: a time for students to show their pride, passion, and excitement for the coming series by coming to school dressed in Orioles gear. 

On the morning of the 5th, there were students in all four grade halls wearing orange and black.

Playoff baseball has returned to Baltimore – and so has the fanaticism that the Orioles have been missing since 2016.

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Asher Blakeley, Contributor
Asher, class of 2024, is a member of the baseball team and a co-head of the mock trial team. Outside of school, he enjoys spending his time hiking and skiing with friends and family.
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