Lucy Duke - Retired Faculty & Staff - McDonogh School

Lucy Duke

When new upper schoolers arrive on McDonogh’s campus each fall, they meet an array of adults who are eager to support their success. College Counselor Lucy Duke may not be the first person they encounter, but along the way she just might become one of their most important advocates. Lucy’s job is to help them define who they are, describe what they are hoping for, and decide what to do next. The work is difficult, but Lucy does it well.

She began her career as an admissions counselor at Georgetown University and subsequently held a variety of college counseling positions at several schools in the Maryland/DC area. Prior to coming to McDonogh, Lucy founded and directed the college counseling program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, an independent school serving low-income students in Baltimore City. 

In 2015, she joined the team at McDonogh and served as an extremely well-qualified substitute for a colleague on maternity leave. Fortunately, both Lucy and McDonogh found that “the fit” was more than comfortable, and Lucy stayed on for five more years. Admired by her peers from schools in the region, she was recently named a Counselor of the Year by the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling.

Lucy is deeply committed to the principles and practice of equity and inclusion, specifically as they relate to college access. She has always advocated for first-generation and underrepresented students. As one colleague says, “Lucy is a notable champion for voices that could use amplification. She is not afraid to speak her mind.” 

Though she was here for only a short time, McDonogh will miss her mightily. We will miss her quick sense of humor which pops up on even the most stressful of days. We will also miss her wise counsel, sage advice, and the corrections she offers regarding grammar and punctuation! Lucy, you have sent so many young people off to success in college and beyond. We wish you an equally rewarding retirement. Thank you for your service to McDonogh School.

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