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Published on: Thursday, July 22, 2010
By Brandy L. Simms
Richard Montgomery was once again ranked among the nation's top high schools in Newsweek magazine's annual rankings.
The magazine gave the school a No. 33 ranking this year, which is an amazing accomplishment when you consider the number of high schools there are in the United States.
The rankings are based on "how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced-placement college-level courses and tests," according to the magazine.
Back in 2007, Newsweek ranked Richard Montgomery among the nation's best high schools when the Rockets were honored with a No. 27 ranking on the list.
Over the years, the Rockville high school has built a reputation as one of the top academic institutions, not only in the county but also in the state.
In past years, Richard Montgomery has produced Intel Science Talent Search finalists, national essay competition winners and Presidential Scholars to say the least.
The school has also been a training ground for people who made a mark in the fields of arts and entertainment.
Some of the school's more notable alumni include singer Tori Amos and actor Wolfgang Bodison, who had a significant role in the movie A Few Good Men, starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.
However, Richard Montgomery has long been known for having one of Montgomery County's traditional powerhouse athletic programs, producing top teams and players on a yearly basis.
The Lincoln Park community in Rockville has contributed to the school's success in athletics with talented players such as Ricky Summerour (football), Billy Gordon (basketball) and two-sport standouts Steve Weedon (football/basketball) and Anthony "Gumby" Williams (football/basketball). Former middleweight boxer William Joppy is also a Richard Montgomery alum.
In the 1960s, Richard Montgomery boasted an elite football program that few if any area teams could match. During that decade, the Rockets - under legendary head coach Roy Lester - had numerous unbeaten seasons and were crowned county champions nearly every year.
Former NFL linebacker Mike "Mad Dog" Curtis is a Richard Montgomery alum. Curtis was a high school standout for the Rockets before going on to a successful career at Duke University and later with the Baltimore Colts.
During a career that spanned 14 seasons, Curtis also played with the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks but made his mark in the league as a member of the Colts, who had selected Curtis as a fullback in the first round of the 1965 NFL Draft.
However, Curtis moved to linebacker and earned a reputation in the league as a fierce competitor.
Curtis was perhaps best known for popping a fan who ran onto the field during a 1971 game between Baltimore and the Miami Dolphins. The video has been shown dozens of times on television and can be seen on YouTube.com.
Curtis was twice named All-Atlantic Coast Conference at Duke and earned numerous honors once he entered the pros. Among them were being named to four Pro Bowls and playing in two Super Bowls during his career. He helped lead the Colts to a 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V.
Can anyone tell me why Curtis is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
It's mind-boggling why he hasn't been enshrined in Canton with the rest of the league's all-time greats, because he was certainly worthy of this prestigious honor.
You can contact Brandy at: BrandySimms@thesentinel.com
Posted By: Mike Curtis HOFF Campaign Committee On: 9/17/2011
Title: Mike Curtis HOFF Campaign
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Posted By: chester On: 7/23/2010
Title: i agree
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