Our History

Organizational History

Since 1990, SBLC has been serving disadvantaged adults and young adults in Baltimore City.  The organization started out as local neighborhood tutoring program with a $60,000 budget and now offers an array of services with a budget of close to $1.4 million.  SBLC is a leader in providing adult literacy and career preparation services in Baltimore and in Maryland.


  • 1998: SBLC embarked on a $1.75 million capital campaign to renovate a historic building for its permanent home.
  • April 1999: SBLC assumed ownership of 28 East Ostend Street (original South Baltimore Police station build in 1892) after securing the removal of four liens incurred by the previous owner.
  • 2001: SBLC moved to temporary quarters during the historical renovation process and established a Community Technology Center (CTC) offering basic computer classes and open computer lab hours.
  • January 2003: returned to our new state-of-the-art learning center.
  • FY 03-04: began to increase enrollment (50%) according to our strategic plan and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) asked SBLC to take over the operation of the National External Diploma Program for Baltimore City.  
  • End of FY 06: enrollment increased by over 100% to nearly 800 – partly due to the addition of several new offsite partner class sites.
  • FY 10: SBLC grew to serve 1000 learners– increasing service 200% since moving into our renovated building.
  • FY 14:  SBLC begins to implement new programs and strategies to adapt to the significant changes to both the GED exam and National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
  • FY 15: SBLC hires a new Executive Director to take the Center into its next chapter.

Building History

SBLC’s classrooms, computer lab and administrative offices are located in the imposing former Southern District Police Station at the corner of East Ostend and Patapsco streets, in a residential section of South Baltimore.  Constructed in 1896, it functioned as a police station complete with holding cells and a courtroom. SBLC had been housed, along with several other non-profit organizations in the building until 1999 when it was able to acquire the facility. 

In January 2003, SBLC reopened its doors to an attractive, efficient space for SBLC learners, instructors, staff and volunteers. In recognition of the careful restoration of this historical building the Center was awarded the 2004 Historic Preservation Award from Baltimore Heritage, Inc. The Southern Police Station is listed in the 2001 National Register of Historic Places, Division of Historical and Cultural Programs, Maryland Historical Trust.

About SBLC

The South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC) was started in 1990, and has grown to serve hundreds of adults each year offering a variety of educational services, many geared towards helping learners earn their high school diplomas.

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28 E Ostend Street
Baltimore, MD 21230





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