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May 15, 2019, UPDATE: Kathryn Feuerherd, who has been principal at Southern High School for the last three years, was appointed by Superintendent George Arlotto as the first principal of the new Crofton Area High School, which will open in September 2020.
Kathryn Feuerherd

Feuerherd has worked for Anne Arundel County Public Schools since 2003. She began her career as a social studies teacher at Old Mill High School and served for three years as chair of the department at the school before becoming an assistant principal there. Feuerherd remained an assistant principal at Old Mill until becoming principal at Southern prior to the 2016-2017 school year.

“I am beyond excited at the unique opportunities that come with opening a brand new high school,” Feuerherd said. “I will miss the incredible community at Southern very much because they have been an important part of my life and career and have played a large part in preparing me for this role. I am very much looking forward to the process of working collaboratively to create a new school community of which we can all be very, very proud.”

Feuerherd will finish the year at Southern and begin her new duties on July 1, 2019.

“Mrs. Feuerherd is a dynamic and inspiring educational leader, and I am absolutely confident she will do a fantastic job as the first principal of our first new high school in more than three decades,” Dr. Arlotto said.

Over the next year, Feuerherd will be responsible for, among other things, assembling the school’s staff, interacting with the community to build a new school culture, working to officially name the school, and collaborating to choose school colors and a mascot.

April 17, 2019, UPDATE: The Board of Education has adopted attendance boundaries for Crofton Area High School. Click here to read those details.

August 24, 2018, UPDATE: Crofton Area High School will open its doors for students in grades 9 and 10 only in September 2020. The school will add Grade 11 in the 2021-2022 school year, and Grade 12 in the 2022-2023 school year.


Rendering of Crofton Area High School The $135 million facility will have a state-rated capacity of 1,696 students and cover 275,768 square feet of space. It is being constructed just off Route 424 adjacent to Crofton Middle School.

A principal for the new school will be in place by July 2019. That person will form a committee or committees to select a school name, which must be approved by the Board, and a mascot and colors, which must be approved by the Superintendent. A separate committee formed by the Division of Advanced Studies and Programs will determine the school’s signature program.

Crofton Area High School will not be a magnet school. It will offer a full array of AACPS courses, including the Project Lead the Way engineering program.


Whether athletic teams will compete on the junior varsity or varsity levels when the school opens will be determined on a sport-by-sport basis. No decisions have yet been made.