BALTIMORE - The Park School of Baltimore knows how to throw a birthday party.
The school turned 100-years-old Friday, and students, faculty and alumni gathered to celebrate.
Friday's celebration began with an assembly, followed by a parade and the spelling of the word "Park" in the school's large athletic field.
It was a celebration in which long-time supporters and those still fairly new to Park took pride. Samuel Richmond, whose daughter has attended the school for two years, was there. He said it was an exciting way to celebrate a community effort.
Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school with 850 students from age four through grade twelve. Daniel J. Paradis was appointed the tenth Head of School in July 2008. The school's core values, rooted in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey, sustain an unshakable belief in children's capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities. Starting in September 2012, and continuing throughout the school year, Park will celebrate the centennial anniversary of its founding with academic festivals, reunions, and a variety of community events.