2015-2016 Photo Essays

Sheer Joy At Aquapalooza (Students)

Joy was the theme of Aquapalooza 2015, the Lower School’s reward for their summer reading challenge. On Friday, September 4, the Lower School administrative team dressed as the character Joy from the movie Inside Out. They spread joy as they slid down the water slides and ran through the sprinklers along with students from prekindergarten through fourth grade. Of course, joy was on the faces of everyone who participated in the afternoon of fun.

Contributing photographers: Cheveé Taylor and Lisa Stoler

Convocation Sets Tone for School Year (Students)

McDonogh’s Convocation ceremony, marking the opening of the 2015-2016 school year, was held Thursday, September 3 on Childs Memorial Terrace. Excitement was in the air as members of the Class of 2016 and their friends in prefirst and first grade processed down the hill to their seats. Bridget Collins ’90, Director of Religious Studies, Character, and Service, began the ceremony with words of hope for the entire school community, and in particular for Archer S., a member of the junior class who sustained a serious spinal injury this summer. Following her remarks, Headmaster Charlie Britton and student representatives from each division shared their expectations for a happy and productive year. The program concluded with the ringing of a school bell to officially open the school year.

View the Convocation ceremony here.


First Day Excitement (Students)

Joyful exchanges, hugs, and happy faces could be found all over campus as students arrived for the first day of school on September 2!

First Middle School Head on Campus for Ceremony in His Honor (Students)

McDonogh’s first Head of Middle School, Quinton Donald “Q.D.” Thompson, returned to campus on Tuesday, August 18 for a ceremony in his honor. After a luncheon with his family, during which former Headmaster Bob Lamborn was present via Skype, guests gathered outside the Office of the Head of the Middle School in Finney Building for a brief ceremony. Headmaster Charlie Britton spoke about the qualities that made Thompson the ideal candidate to lead the innovative 4-4-4 school structure, in which a Middle School was created to meet the distinct developmental, social, emotional, and physical needs of 10 to 14 year-old boys. He said, “It is no secret, Q.D. ran a tight ship. But everyone was happy. He always kept his office door open and welcomed any student, teacher, or parent who needed a word with him.” After the unveiling of a plaque in his honor, Thompson, who served in the role from 1953-1985, was all smiles as he told the tale of the lengths Bob Lamborn went to convince him to accept the job.

Alumni Night at Camden Yards a Hit (Alumni)

More than 100 McDonogh alumni and friends took over section 94 at Camden Yards on Thursday, July 30 as the Orioles took on the Detroit Tigers. The evening began with a pre-game happy hour at Pratt Street Ale House and continued at the ballpark for baseball magic. Despite an early deficit, the Orioles kept the game interesting with an impressive comeback late in the game. Unfortunately, the O's didn't pull off a victory. Regardless, for the McDonogh crowd in the outfield, the night was a home run.

Featured Images (Students)

All the featured images for the 2015-2016 school year.


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