Current and future McDonogh Middle School students, donors, and school leaders gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art Middle School building expected to open in approximately 18 months. During the ceremony, it was also announced that the building will be named the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School.
“The Greenebaum family name stands for loyalty, commitment, hard work, and service,” said Head of School Dave Farace. “These are traits that we aim to teach our students each and every day. It is both fitting and appropriate that our new Middle School will bear this special name.”
Michael Greenebaum, a longtime McDonogh parent and trustee, pledged $8 million to the project on behalf of the Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum Family Foundation in early 2019. In making the lead gift, the Greenebaum family challenged the greater McDonogh community to come together and raise the remaining funds to make the much-needed building a reality.
During the ceremony, Michael Greenebaum said, “My parents would be so proud of all the donors who followed our gift with their own generous gifts. Together, we are building a stronger McDonogh.”
He then turned to the students and said, “When I look at all of your faces, I am overwhelmed with emotion because it is for you and future generations that this new Middle School is being built. I am not addressing you as kids or students, I see future doctors, cancer researchers, engineers, and yes, maybe even a World Series MVP for the Baltimore Orioles.”
The Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School will greatly enhance teaching and learning with flexible classrooms that will accommodate every interaction with students—from one-on-one meetings to hands-on group lessons. In addition to flexible classrooms, it will house a 21st century library, a learning center, visual and performing arts spaces, and a makerspace centrally located under one roof, all of which will greatly enhance cross-curricular experiences as well as interactions among students and faculty. The cutting-edge space will be infused with the best of today’s technology and the infrastructure to accommodate tomorrow’s throughout the building.
Participating in the ceremonial first dig were Michael Greenebaum and his wife, Adele; Head of School David J. Farace; President of the Board of Trustees Robert L. Young III; Head of Middle School Darren Ford; Associate Head of Middle School Jennifer Bowders; and seventh grade students Langston Riding and Mark Cherches.
Much to the delight of those in attendance, following the formal ceremony, Michael Greenebaum, an accomplished guitarist, joined the Middle School Rock Shop band in playing “Taking Care of Business” by Bachman–Turner Overdrive. The fourth grade drum corps also entertained guests.
The Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School replaces Finney Building, a 1930s-era structure. Head of Middle School Darren Ford announced that the Finney name will be preserved on campus. He said, “The Senior Quad in front of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School will be refurbished and named the Finney Senior Quad as a tribute to Dr. John M. T. Finney, a longtime member and president of our Board of Trustees.”
Designed by Bowie Gridley Architects of Washington D.C., the $25 million, 67,000 square-foot building is being constructed by Chesapeake Contracting Group.