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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.

A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]

Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit – and sense of humor.
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Keely Carter
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors – scarlet and grey – for the annual Pep Rally.

Matching fur coats and goofy sunglasses. Mario costumes and fake hairy chest shirts. Last week, leading up to the school’s annual Scarlet and Gray Day, Friends middle and upper schoolers had spirit weeks.

Spirit week is an essential tradition in which students (and some teachers) dress up to build excitement in advance of Homecoming weekend.  Throughout the week, each day has its own unique theme. This year in the Upper School, they were:

  • Movie Monday: Students started the week dressed as their favorite movie characters. One even wore a full Mario costume. 
  • Twin Tuesday: Next, students dressed identically, as twins, or even triplets or quadruplets. 
  • Wacky Wednesday: On Wednesday, students were encouraged to dress in their wackiest outfits. There were lots of wild patterns and funny shirts.
  • Class Color Thursday: Next, students were asked to show their class loyalty by dressing in their grades’ assigned colors. Freshmen wore orange, Sophomores green, Juniors blue, and Seniors pink. 
  • Pep Rally Friday: On the final day of spirit week, everyone wore Friends School colors to help build school spirit for the following day’s Scarlet and Gray Day festivities, and numerous sports contests against Park School. 

Throughout the week, students showed their school spirit, boosting morale and being creative with their outfits to give others a laugh.

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Langdon Ottman, Contributor
Langdon, class of '24, enjoys all things mechanical. He also wrestles, and likes to spend his free time outdoors.
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Matthew, class of ‘24, is an contributor to the Quaker Quill and is involved in many other activities, including Programming Club, Cross Country, and volunteer work at various locations.
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Keely, class of '24, is a member of the Friends School lacrosse team, and is involved with multiple clubs, such as Quaker Nation, and Psych Club. She is a head of the Jewish Student Union and One Love club.
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