Annapolis's Bates High School Revived as Senior Housing, Center

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Annapolis’s Bates High School Revived as Senior Housing, Center

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 8, 2006; Page B01

Washington Post Staff WriterFriday, September 8, 2006; Page B01

Once again, the song echoes through the halls of Wiley H. Bates High School. If one voice raises the tune, others chime in.

“There’s a school that I love so well; it’s Bates, dear Bates.”

Michael G. Parrish, Class of ’57, a football player for the Bates Little Giants who now walks with a cane, can still sing the song. So can Myrtle Johnson, Class of ’47, a Bates cheerleader who now uses a walker.

And like their song, they are back at Bates, mingling with former schoolmates in the halls and courtyard — and living in new apartments fashioned from former classrooms.

Wiley H. Bates High School, long the cultural bastion of black Annapolis — and the first and only high school for black students in Anne Arundel County — has been reborn.

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