The Class of 2015 was the 50th class to graduate from Chopticon High School. This page was created to highlight interesting stories, photos, and information about the school.  If you have a special story or photos to share, you may email them to Lynne Molen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Posting of stories or photos is subject to administrative approval.
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Welcome to our historical database.  This is a work in progress so please check back for updates.  

Chopticon Graduation Programs

Chopticon graduation programs from 1966 to 2017 are available upon request.

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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.

Music by

Michael Davis, CLass of 1967.

Lyrics by

  • 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

Previous Principles

Dr. Julius Alexander John Levay.

First Principle of Chopticon High School, Served twelve years (1965 - 1977)

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Bernard I. Johnson

Served 1977-78, one year.

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Dwight E. Chaktales

Served 1978-86, eight years

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Edward T. Weiland

Served 1986-88, two years

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Stephen G. Olczak

Served 1988-93, five years

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John R. Ryan

Served 1993-2001, eight years

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Joseph R. North

Served 2001-08, Seven years

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Garth E. Bowling, Jr.

2008-2016

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Kim D. Summers

2016-Present

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Assisstant Principles and Years of Service

NameYears 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

During the 2001-2002 school year, Chopticon High School implemented the Native American Name and Emblem Usage Committee to investigate whether Chopticon should keep its name and emblem or modify it. Chopticon High School took the initiative and created a committee that was composed of faculty, students, parents, and members of the community. After a detailed study and public comment session, the committee determined that Chopticon High School should not change its name or emblem. The use of Chopticon and the emblem of the Brave has been a unifying factor in the community and will continue to represent the tradition of “Pride Inside” for future generations. The following is a brief history of the Chopticon tribe of the Piscataway Confederation that inhabited the area approximately 400 years ago.
Captain John Smith, who explored the Chesapeake Bay, was the first to record seeing Native American villages. The Chopticon Indians had villages near the Wicomico and Port Tobacco streams and Choptico Bay. The Chopticon tribe was not a large group, estimated at 2,000 in 1600.
The Chopticon tribe enjoyed friendly relations with the English. They were the object of the first Catholic mission established by Father Andrew White. Father White recorded feelings of mutual respect and admiration between the Chopticons and the English. Within the Chopticon tribe, obedience and valor were stressed as a way to gain blessings and earn other men’s esteem.
In regards to attire, it has been recorded that the Chopticon Indians dressed in deerskins and wore beads around their necks. Bracelets and earrings were common adornments of both men and women.
The Chopticon tribe joined the English and Piscataway Confederation in a border war with the Susquehannocks, who were more warlike than the Piscataways. Even though the Piscataways were successful, future raids against the Chopticons by the Susquehannocks and Iroqouis led to the Chopticon tribe moving north along the Potomac River in the mid 1600’s. 
In 1651 the English established Choptico Resolving, near the head of the Wicomico River, in an effort to protect the Piscataways and other tribes from raids by the Susquehannocks. In 1688, the manor was renamed Choptico Hundred; however, only a few members of the Chopticon tribe chose to remain there. By 1765, it was estimated that only 150 members of the Chopticon tribe existed. During the late 1700’s, the Chopticon tribe continued to decrease in number. The remaining members continued moving west along the Potomac River and assimilated into the Mohican and Delaware tribes.  
During the school desegregation movement of the mid 1960’s, the naming of Chopticon High School was seen as a unifying factor within the community. Just as the Chopticons assimilated peacefully into other tribes, the goal of Chopticon High School was to provide a safe environment where all students could be educated without fear. Since 1965, Chopticon High School has promoted participation, respect, individual accountability, decision-making, and excellence. These qualities define Chopticon High School today and reflect the school motto PRIDE INSIDE.

Photos of Alma Mater Copy

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Photos of an early mimeographed copy of the Alma Mater provided by Michael Davis, Class of 1967.

"Composers of the Alma Mater"

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.