For some reason I once thought that the school was named for two guys: Mr. Johns and Mr. Hopkins. Turns out it’s just one guy named Johns Hopkins (1795-1873) who along with being a leading abolitionist, philanthropist and making a ton of money off the B&O Railroad (the best $200 investment around) also had the destinction of having a really confusing first name.
Was “Johns” a common first name in 18th century America? Is there a story behind why his parents named him that? Was he a set of Siamese twins?