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clock Apr 25, 2007 9:04 pm US/Eastern

City College Designated A Baltimore Landmark


Jessica Kartalija

(WJZ) BALTIMORE Baltimore's own castle on the hill has claimed a spot in history.

As Jessica Kartalija reports, Baltimore City College has made history by being designated a Charm City landmark.

City College is the third oldest public high school in the nation.

The school first opened in 1839 and has been at its current location since 1928 according to city officials.

City College's football rivalry with Polytechnic is considered the oldest in the country dating back to 1904.

"Here's a photograph of our 1905 football team, Baltimore City College and you can see the score where we defeated Baltimore Poly 6-4 in 1904," said principal Tim Dawson.

Mayor Sheila Dixon signed off on a bill Wednesday declaring the school known as "The Castle on the Hill," a historic landmark.

"We have trophies, plaques and yearbooks going back to the early 1800's," Dawson said while taking WJZ's Kartalija on a tour of the school. "You get a very strong sense of history and a feeling of what City College is all about just when you walk down the halls."

Among the distinguished alumni who have attended City College: Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Ben Cardin and class of 1939 graduate, William Donald Schaefer.

WJZ's Ron Matz also graduated from the well-known school.

When City College originally opened, it was an all-white male school. But today the ethnic composition is about 90 percent minority.

Baltimore City College was nationally recognized as a historical site in 2003.

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