January 02, 2005

.edu ?

Montgomery Blair, a magnet high school in Maryland, has its web address at www.mbhs.edu.

Something odd is going on. Montgomery Blair is a high school. It's not supposed to have the ability to acquire a domain in .edu, which is reserved for post-secondary institutions.

My guess is that they've been grandfathered in. Take a look at the activation date in their whois record:

Domain Name: MBHS.EDU

Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd. E
Silver Spring, MD 20901


Administrative Contact:
Peter Hammond
Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd E
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 649-2800

Technical Contact:
Same as above

Name Servers:

Domain record activated: 25-Jan-1990
Domain record last updated: 16-Nov-1999

Pretty amazing that a high school managed to get on the Internet that early. They even managed to beat the other local academic high school power house, Thomas Jefferson. TJ registered in 1992, but has also managed to get and keep its tjhsst.edu domain.

I wonder what other now-ineligible groups hold a .edu address?

Posted by jeffreyb at January 2, 2005 03:51 PM

My alma mater, Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, also has a .edu domain: www.MUHS.edu. I'm not sure when it was acquired, but I first encountered it about 8 years ago, just before the last reunion I attended. I believe it is also grandfathered in, like Montgomery Blair.

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia (a regional rival to Montgomery Blair) has a URL of http://www.tjhsst.edu/.

It appears that academic high schools that were early adopters of Internet technology were able to acquire the .edu domain designation.

Posted by: Rick Sincere at February 7, 2005 09:24 PM
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