New Perry Hall High Sign Up and Running

The school's new scrolling marquee began running on Friday morning.


Perry Hall High School's new electronic marquee began scrolling text on Friday morning.

"It gives a cleaner look to the building," principal George Roberts told Patch in January. "It allows us to move into the 21st century with the messages we want to send out to the community."

The sign, which the school gained permit approval from Baltimore County to install in November, is the result of four years of planning and fundraising.

Upon graduation, two classes contributed to the sign fund. Additional donations, including a personal donation from the principal, helped cover the $17,000 cost of the new sign.

It includes a secure wireless Internet connection, which allows administrators to instantly change the sign's scrolling messages from inside the school. The marquee's lights and scrolling messages will run only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Roberts said.

Roberts met with members of the Perry Hall High School Neighbors Committee, founded in September, to address any concerns related to the new sign, according to County Councilman David Marks.

Roberts said many of the surrounding homeowners see the new sign as an improvement because its light will be turned off overnight, whereas the current one shines a light 24 hours a day.

Marks told Patch that neighbors had been informed that the sign began running on Friday.

What do you think about the new sign? Tell us in the comments.

Heather S February 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The Alumni Association is THRILLED to see the sign up and running! Thank you to all of the alumni and the community who have supported our events that made it possible for us to contribute to this school improvement!
Tim February 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Looks sharp!
Terri Smith February 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Love it. Much better than the old sign.
Carole Miller February 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Sorry ...not big on change .For me the old sign is easier to read . For me I Said !!!
John Doe February 17, 2012 at 09:26 PM
It does look good, but the lower case a's seem off a bit.
David Marks February 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I was ambivalent about this sign when PHHS Assistant Principal Steve Arnold mentioned it two years ago, before I was elected..but I am very happy with its appearance and the way the school worked with the community before its installation. The sign is actually smaller than the older one. It is classier and the digital display does not seem overpowering. Many thanks to the Alumni Association and other groups for their donations!
Carole Miller February 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Beares great idea ! Im sure the old one wont be used ,that would make too much sense .
Al February 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM
old sign easier to read.
Don Walters February 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
How shocking! A complaint!
Paul Amirault February 19, 2012 at 03:54 PM
However, recipients of restricted donations must use them for the purpose designated. But I'll bet they will take your donation for those purposes as well!


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