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Festive Weekend Marks McDonogh’s 150 Years

From the kick-off production of Home Again, celebrating the School’s vibrant and diverse arts community, to the Distinguished Service and Young Alumni Awards luncheon, the all-school Spirit Parade and Pep Rally, the 150th Anniversary Gala, and the 107th McDonogh vs. Gilman football game, the weekend of November 2-4 was one for the history books.

Home Again
McDonogh’s 150th Anniversary Weekend kicked off on Thursday, November 2 with Home Again, a production celebrating the School’s vibrant and diverse arts community. Fittingly, the opening number in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre was “Old Friends” from the musical Merrily We Roll Along, performed by an ensemble of alumni and current students. The theme of “home” was woven through the songs and dance performances along with highlights from past musicals. Audience members thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were delighted to see old friends and new ones. It felt like home. Watch Home Again and see pictures.

Distinguished Service and Young Alumni Awards
On Friday, November 3, more than 100 members of the McDonogh Family gathered under the Community Tent next to John McDonogh Stadium for the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) and Young Alumni Award (YAA) luncheon—two of McDonogh’s most prestigious honors. The event recognized alumnus John Beever ‘50 and former Headmaster Charlie Britton, as well as Kimmy Hilson Carmichael ‘10 and Mike Smith ‘15. The awards were presented by President of the Board of Trustees Michael Cummings and Head of School Dave Farace ‘87. Read about the honorees and see photos.

Spirit Parade and Pep Rally
The Friday fun continued with the all-school Spirit Parade and Pep Rally led by honorary Grand Marshall Dave Harley who retired in 2014 after 47 years at McDonogh. The entire school community, dressed in festive orange and black, marched behind the Upper School fall sports teams to the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center, where the excitement for Saturday’s McDonogh vs. Gilman football game reached a fevered pitch. See parade and pep rally photos.

150th Anniversary Gala
On Friday night, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends celebrated the School’s 150th Anniversary at a Gala event in a transformed Paterakis Hall. More than 1,000 guests attended the party of the century (and a half) and enjoyed good company, delicious food, and dancing to live music. A highlight of the evening was a group photo with the 150th Anniversary cake complete with an Eagle on top and oversized sparklers. See the photo and others here.

107th McDonogh vs. Gilman Game
Saturday, November 4 was perfect football weather and John McDonogh Stadium was packed with an enthusiastic crowd of fans, including students, families, and alumni of all ages, who were on hand for the 107th McDonogh vs. Gilman game. Before, during, and after the game, the community tent provided hospitality and entertainment for the McDonogh Family. At the end of the day, the Eagles were victorious (21- 7) and will hold onto the Price Memorial Trophy for another year. See photos from the afternoon of football fun.

Milestone Reunions and More
Throughout the weekend, alumni also attended a Memorial Service in Tagart Chapel and visited various corners of campus from the Riding Hall to the recently opened Wilson|Young Archives in Lyle Building. See photos here. For members of classes ending in 4 and 9, the festivities continued on Saturday night with their milestone reunions.