History


1853 The Maryland Institution for the Education of the Blind is incorporated as a private, state-aided school.

1864 Frederick Douglas Morrison begins his 40-year career as Superintendent.

1885 The School’s name is changed to The Maryland School for the Blind.

1887 Superintendent Morrison is a founder of the American Association of Workers for the Blind.

1906 John Francis Bledsoe becomes Superintendent and served for 36 years.

1907 The School moves to its present location on Taylor Avenue in Parkville.

1909 Newcomer Hall and four cottages are built, beginning the first cottage system for the instruction of the blind.

1924 MSB students begin attending City College and Eastern High Schools, a first in the country.

1952 First deaf-blind student accepted and Boy Scout Troop 710 formed.

1953 Governor McKeldin spoke at dedication of Bledsoe Building and Knefely Gym.

1957 Andrews Building completed.

1964 Key Club was organized, sponsored by Parkville Kiwanis Club.

1966 Students began attending Parkville High School.

1970 The Health Center was named for Miss Sallie Mae Bledsoe, a nurse at MSB for 50 years.

1972 Under Superintendent Herbert J. Wolfe, a facility was designed for the multiply handicapped students afflicted by the rubella epidemic of the late 1960’s.

1974 P.L.94-142 mandated education for all handicapped children to age 21.

1977 Casper G. Sippel Aquatherapy pool is built.

1978 Superintendent Dr. Richard L. Welsh oversaw completion of major facility additions and remodeling.

1982 Five new buildings were dedicated.

1987 MSB and Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) began Hoover Low Vision Services.

1990 Louis M. Tutt becomes 10th president (superintendent).

1999 The Jen C. Russo Arts Center was dedicated.

2003 MSB celebrates its 150th Anniversary.

2004 Elaine Sveen becomes 11th and first female president.

2007 MSB celebrates 100 years in Parkville, MD.

2008 Dr. Michael J. Bina becomes 12th president.

2010 The 2020 Campus master plan is implemented.

2013 MSB celebrates its 160th Anniversary.

2014 The newly constructed Multiple Disabilities Blind Learning Activity Center and Cottages and the Blanton-Munson Health Center are dedicated.

2015 MSB breaks ground on the new Autism-Blind Learning Activity Center and Cottages.

2016 MSB President, Dr. Michael Bina, receives the American Foundation for the Blind’s Migel Medal Award, the highest honor in the blindness field.

2016 MSB dedicates the new Campus Athletic Sports Complex which includes beep baseball and soccer fields, a basketball court, sprint track and 400M track. MSB also dedicates the new Autism-Blind Learning Activity Center and Cottages and breaks ground on the Preschool, Early Learning and Outreach Center.

2017 MSB dedicates the new Preschool, Early Learning and Outreach Center, the I Can, I Will, I Must Playground, and the Blanton Student Recreation and Career Center in Russo Hall. Renovations on Newcomer, Case, and Campbell Halls commences.

2018 W. Robert Hair is appointed Superintendent and becomes the 13th leader of the school.

2018 MSB sets a Guinness World Record for the Longest Marathon Goalball Game (25 hours, 30 Seconds) on December 7-8, 2018.