FSK to Celebrate Naming of Louis V. Beard Memorial Gymnasium
Westminster, MD
01/12/2018 09:08 AM
Francis Scott Key High School will hold a ceremony to celebrate the naming of its gymnasium as the Louis V. Beard Memorial Gymnasium on Friday, February 9, 2018. The ceremony will take place at halftime during the girls varsity basketball game, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Beard served FSK as an administrator for over 20 years.

Mr. Beard began his professional career as a teacher at the Robert Moton School in Westminster in 1955.  Soon after beginning his teaching career, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served from 1955-1957.  He was honorably discharged and returned to teaching at Robert Moton School and was advanced to principal, where he served until 1965.

In 1965, Mr. Beard was assigned to Francis Scott Key High School where he served as assistant principal for one year until he advanced to principal in 1966.  With this appointment, he became the first African American to hold such a position in Carroll County.  He served as principal of Francis Scott Key for the next 20 years, influencing the lives of countless students and faculty in positive ways until his retirement in June 1986.  

Mr. Beard leaves a legacy of dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments as an educator, humanitarian, and civic leader.  During his tenure as principal of FSK, Mr. Beard expanded the athletic program and added an auditorium, football field, and gym.  Among his many accomplishments, he was the first African American honored by the Carroll County Jaycees with the Distinguished Service Award.  He served as past board member of numerous county agencies and service organizations, including the Y.M.C.A, Department of Social Services, Community Action Agency, Carroll County Hospital Board, and the Bowling Brook Home for Boys.
Joseph Guerra
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