Public education in Glen Burnie is provided by Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The district manages 19 middle schools, 12 traditional high schools, 78 elementary schools, two charter schools, three special education centers, one alternative high school, and two centers of applied technology.
Prospective college students in Glen Burnie have the convenience of being less than 15 miles from several post-high school educational centers. These include public and private universities as well as community colleges. The University of Maryland and John Hopkins University are located in Baltimore, while Anne Arundel Community College is located in nearby Arnold.
Glen Burnie was established in 1812 by a district attorney named Elias Glenn. At that time, he called the area Glennsburne. Records indicate that the community was known by several different names, including Glennsbourne Farm and Glen Burnie. The Glenn family continued to live in the region and promote the community’s development.
Much of this development happened in the first half of the 20th century. Schools, churches and homes were established as the population grew. In 1958, Glen Burnie was propelled to the forefront of retail with the construction of the Harundale Mall. Harundale was developed by the Rouse Company and was one of the country’s early enclosed shopping centers. Four years later, the Glen Burnie Mall was built. In February of 1987, the Marley Station Mall opened, cementing Glen Burnie’s identity as a shopping destination.
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