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Chopticon Graduation Programs
Chopticon graduation programs from 1966 to 2017 are available upon request.
Chopticon Alma Mater
Our hearts are here at Chopticon,
Our voices sing her praise.
Our minds are being shown the way,
To tasks of latar days.
The dreams we make at Chopticon.
Will flourish through the years,
And honor, faith, and loyalty,
Shall keep each dream ever near.
Here at Chopticon
We will leave the past,
With a heritage
That will always last.
So now to thee dear Chopticon,
We raise out voices in song.
Michael Davis, CLass of 1967.
- Miriam Greig, Class of 1966
- Julia Wagner Class of 1966
- Rosemary Ripple Class of 1967
- Walter Davidson Class of 1968
- Michael Davis Class of 1967
Dr. Julius Alexander John Levay.
First Principal of Chopticon High School, Served twelve years (1965 - 1977)
Bernard I. Johnson
Served 1977-78, one year.
Dwight E. Chaktales
Served 1978-86, eight years
Edward T. Weiland
Served 1986-88, two years
Stephen G. Olczak
Served 1988-93, five years
John R. Ryan
Served 1993-2001, eight years
Joseph R. North
Served 2001-08, Seven years
Garth E. Bowling, Jr.
Kim D. Summers
Assisstant Principals and Years of Service
|Name||Years of Service|
|Mr. Fred Czarra||1965 - 1967|
|Mr. Dwight Chakales||1967 – 1979|
|Mr. George McLuckie||1967 – 1978|
|Mr. Alphonso Bell||1971 – 1973|
|Mr. Norman Moore||1973 – 1975|
|Mr. Charlie Taylor||1976 – 1986|
|Mr. John Ryan||1975 – 1976|
|Mr. John Ryan||1978 - 1982|
|Mr. Stephen Olczak||1979 – 1985|
|Ms. Mary Jo Comer||1982 – 1986|
|Mr. Donald O’Neal||1985 - 1986|
|Ms. Renda James||1986 – 1989|
|Mr. John Jones||1986 – 2010|
|Mr. Gene Wood||1986 – 1989|
|Mr. David Wright||1989 – 1997|
|Ms. Charlottis (Stewart) Woodley||1996 – 2001|
|Mr. Don Asher||1997 – 2001|
|Ms. Kristen Craft||2001 – 2003|
|Mr. Ryan Hitchman||2001 – 2005|
|Ms. Tammy (Matich) Burr||2001 – 2017|
|Mr. David O’Neill||2003 – 2006|
|Mr. Doug Diven||2005 – 2007|
|Mr. Kevin McCarthy||2006 – 2007|
|Ms. Vernetta Smith||2007 – Present|
|Mr. Stephen Williams||2008 – 2016|
|Ms. Deborah Conrad||2009 – 2011|
|Mr. David O’Neill||2011 - 2015|
|Ms. Lisa Johnson||2012 - 2013|
|Ms. Shelly McDaniel||2013 - Present|
|Ms. Katherine Norton||2015 - Present|
|Mr. Marc Pirner||2016 - Present|
|Mrs. Denise Coyne||2017 - Present|
History of the Chopticon Indians
Photos of Alma Mater Copy
Photos of an early mimeographed copy of the Alma Mater provided by Michael Davis, Class of 1967.
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An excerpt from the History Channel Website states, "Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964."
As Chopticon celebrates its 50th year, we should take time to remember Dr. King and his efforts to end segregation throughout the United States. It was this movement which led to the creation of Chopticon High School in the mid 1960’s. Chopticon was built to unite Benjamin Banneker High School, which was a high school for African American students, with Leonardtown and Margaret Brent High Schools. The name of Chopticon was chosen to remember the Chopticon indians who had lived in the area and who, over time, had assimilated peacefully into other tribes. The goal of Chopticon High School was, and continues to be, to provide a safe environment where all students may be educated without fear.
Dr. King wrote “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
For more information about Dr. King, you can visit the The King Center.