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McDonogh Receives $8 Million Gift, Second Largest in School History

Trustee and parent Michael Greenebaum has generously pledged a lead gift of $8 million, the second largest in the school's history, toward the construction of a new Middle School building. In making the gift on behalf of the Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum Family Foundation, he has challenged the greater McDonogh Family to come together and raise the remaining $17 million to make this much-needed building a reality.  

“We are incredibly honored to pay homage to my mother and father’s legacy by providing a substantial portion of the financial support needed for the new Middle School building, and we are hopeful that other donors will come forward with the remaining funds needed to bring this important project to fruition,” said Michael.  

Michael has been an involved McDonogh parent for many years and is excited that students and teachers will have a reinvented, cutting-edge space that will be infused with the best of today’s technology and the infrastructure to accommodate tomorrow’s throughout the building. “Middle School is an important part of a McDonogh education and a critical component of LifeReady,” he said. “With the new Middle School, students will have the best possible learning environment to grow and flourish.”  

Finney Building, which currently houses the Middle School, was constructed in 1937. While it has been modified over the years to keep pace with evolving educational practices, it has been determined that further renovations are no longer in the best interests of students and teachers. Therefore, this gift and the momentum it generates could not be more timely and appreciated.  

“On behalf of our entire school community, I would like to thank Michael and his family for believing in McDonogh and investing in our future,” said Head of School Dave Farace ’87. “Fifth through eighth grade is a pivotal time in every child’s education, and, as educators, we must be purposeful about not just what our students learn, but how and where they are taught. A new, modern-day Middle School will greatly enhance teaching and learning during these formative years, providing students with experiences that will benefit them for a lifetime.”  

Head of Middle School Darren Ford added, “The new building will amplify McDonogh’s powerful commitment to LifeReady teaching and learning through community, collaboration, and creativity.”

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting initiative in the coming months.