Wroxeter on the Severn is a since abandoned High School in the Annapolis, Maryland area that was known for producing some other the greatest lacrosse players in the 1970’s 1980’s.
I’m looking for additional information about who went there, why did they go there, why did it shut down, and what made it a lax powerhouse.
There’s been several comments, articles, and thoughts on my blog. in response to a contest that my company was running in the Annapolis area. I’m looking for someone who went to the school to provide the first hand facts.
Read about what has already been said by going to the following to posts and reading within the comment section. Let me know if you can provide any additional information.
John Gibbs, Unique 360 ToursI graduated from Annapolis High School in ’76, and back then Wroxeter was THE power, followed by St. Mary’s. Our best team in that era was probably in ’75, and I recall that we lost to Wroxeter 14 7. I’m pretty sure that that was John Lamon’s senior year, and Wroxeter crushed just about everyone in their path. Cheap Jerseys china I also recall taking a roadtrip with a bunch of my friends from Annapolis and St. Mary’s to watch Wroxeter play Gilman at Gilman. I think that Gilman won by 1 in a downpour, and I also remember that it was considered an upset.
In the early to mid seventies, it was pretty much a given in AA county that there was a pipeline from Wroxeter directly to Buddy Beardmore’s teams at Maryland, and we used to refer to Wroxeter as Maryland’s farm team.
A year later, it was clearly coming to an end. Annapolis opened the season against Wroxeter, and lost 10 8. Later in the year, we played Severna Park, and it was like the Wroxeter kids all just switched jerseys: Heywood Miller, Johnny Thompson, Ben Lamon et al. were all playing for Severna Park.
By the next season, Annapolis pounded Wroxeter in their game, since everyone had jumped ship. I think that the school closed a year or so later.
The rumor that went around at the time was that all the money that was supposed to go to academics and books was being funnelled to the lacrosse team. However, I never heard anyone other than a high school kid say that.
If I wanted to get the full story, I think that the best reference would be John Lamon in Annapolis, or his dad if he is still living. Since he was one of the parents that pulled his kids out of the school, I would imagine that he would know the story best. I played for Jack Lamon Sr. on a Hero’s summer league team one year, along with all the ex Wroxeter kids. It was far and away the best lacrosse team I ever played on. I spent a lot of time on the bench with Curt Thompson (St. Mary’s attackman), eating the quartered oranges that were supposed to be saved for halftime.
“They should play waterpolo on seahorses. It would make more sense.”
You played for Mr. Lamon’s “Blue Bays”! Nice. I played on Clay Whites “we don’t have a chance” team, I think we got quartered grapefruit sections.
You are right that SP got back a good amount of the talent they had lost to Wroxeter one year prior to their demise. I never realized Thompson was a Wroxeter guy, but the others including Miller and Lamon surely were along with Steve Grace and Mark Fisher. SP went on to have some great seasons after that; it goes to show you what comes out of an area that is shared with private schools (BTW, most of them would be Broadneck zoned now). I am sure Towson and some other areas closer to BLT can relate to what I am saying. Severn had some great SP/Nap talent in those years as well and Michael Burnett left Wroxeter (if memory serves me correctly) spent a week at SP and then went to St. Mary’s and the rest is history.
As far as the reasons for Wroxeter demise, my understanding is that it just did not make it as a business entity. I do believe they gave scholarships for sports and mainly lax, but I don’t think the whole school was thought out real well as a business and the highest and best use of a piece of real estate majestically overlooking the Severn was/is probably not a a private school. It is a great part of local lacrosse lore and I am getting a kick out of the posts. Hopefully someone closer to the cause can give us some more details, but that is my recollection, although I am not quite as old as high school ’75.
I think I can answer a few questions here even though I was not a lacrosse player at WOS. I certainly knew all the players decently well. When you have a graduating class of 24 (1976), it’s pretty hard not to know everyone on at least a conversational level. Basically, the school had great potential as late as 1976, but high inflation in the 70’s combined with low revenue (tuition) eventually meant ‘failure.’ I would say almost 50% of the school was on scholarship between sports and the band. I knew very few friends whose parents footed some or all of their tuition. I am not sure how they expected to run a school with no endowment (that I know of) and a high percentage of scholarship students.
It’s sad looking at the remnants of the school today. If you went to Wroxeter around the mid 70’s, I say hello and I wish you well.
jhuck 80 wrote:Heywood Miller is another Wroxeter guy; he ended up being an all american defenseman at Harvard.
Didn’t Johnny Thompson and Drew Manley also go there?
I can’t remember the first name of the goalie, last name Lewnes. (Pretty embarrassing: we used to hang out together from time to time.)
Ram, you are probably right about the score. It was a looooong time ago. Technically, I think that was the MSA championship, not the “state championship.” Later that same spring, Annapolis beat Dundalk (!) for the public school state championship. I guess that that means that Gilman was not the official “state champion.” Instead, they were only, without question, the best team in the state, and probably the country as well.
Also, the goalie I was referencing above was Ricky Peret. Great guy. I heard from someone that he still lives in the area somewhere.