The private school for boys will stay in Gaithersburg
Due to financial woes, The Avalon School will not move forward with plans to build a new campus in Clarksburg, school officials told The Gazette. The Avalon School, a Catholic private school for boys, will continue to operate out of First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg. In 2007, the school was granted a special exception to build on a 10-acre site on Frederick Road (Rt. 355). The site would have been composed of four buildings to accommodate 600 students, according to county planning records. But a sharp drop in enrollment and the failure to secure a construction bond made it "impossible" to repay a $2.2 million loan, school president Richard McPherson reportedly told The Gazette. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated in May 2011; …
Running back Rachid Ibrahim of The Avalon School in Gaithersburg announces decision to continue his football career at the University of Pittsburgh.
A Gaithersburg athlete announced Thursday his intention to play collegiate football at a school in Maryland's neighbor to the north. Running back Rachid Ibrahim, of The Avalon School, verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh, according to a report by The Pitt Stop. Ibrahim, an Avalon senior, is ranked by Rivals.com and ESPN as a three-star prospect. According to ESPN, Ibrahim "runs with the slashing style and playing speed which allows him to rip off huge gains once in the open field... his toughness and playing speed could earn him early playing time if a red shirt year isn't deemed necessary." Rivals.com reports Ibrahim also received scholarship offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Iowa and Ohio.