The Old LHS Pool – Honor Contributor

The six lane 25 yard pool at Loyola High School opened in 1960, built by Kelley & Associates and was demolished in 2000.  In its 40 year span, this concrete lined rectangular hole in the ground, filled with water was the main training venue for many Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame members.  During its tenure, Loyola High School* swimming emerged from the dominate shadow of rival Calvert Hall College to become the preeminent high school program in Baltimore.  From 1968 to 1996, it was the headquarters and main training venue of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.  The roster of athletes who trained there is remarkable, ten Olympians, and 16 members of this Hall of Fame are associated with this pool.  Along with them are countless thousands who strived in that 75 foot pool whose drive, sacrifice, and pain provided the daily fare served in this crucible of greatness; their memories, as well, deserve recognition. No less impressive has been the roster of coaches who have trod that deck including several Olympic Coaches. Finally, it is notable that one young man who took his first strokes on his back not willing to put his face in the water at that pool would go on to become the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps.  Surely there are other facilities with more impressive rosters, Santa Clara Swim Club, the University of Indiana, or Mission Viejo, but none were six lane, 25 yard pools on a high school campus; certainly  none in Maryland.

*in 1982 became Loyola Blakefield/i>