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Why City?

Baltimore City College is the third oldest public high school in the nation. We offer a college preparatory program of study in the liberal arts. As a citywide magnet high school for the Baltimore City Public School System, “City” is the only school to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, an internationally recognized curriculum requiring students to apply knowledge and understanding within and beyond predetermined subject groups.


Our vision is to “produce graduates who enjoy studying and learning and are ready, willing, and able to perform as responsible leaders.” This is consistent with our nearly 200-year history of producing local, regional, and national leaders in government, politics, business, and the arts. Our graduates include a Nobel Laureate, three Congressional Medal of Honor winners, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winners, senators, congressmen, governors, mayors, professional athletes, and prominent persons in the arts, theater, film, and television. Our school motto, “Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat” which means, “Honor to the one who earns it,” reflects our commitment to hard work and excellence.

Why City?


#1 Baltimore City Public School for
3rd Consecutive Year

#8 in Baltimore Metro Area High School

#17 in Maryland High Schools

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