Tom Young - Retiree Tributes - McDonogh School

Tom Young

There is a good reason Tom Young’s license plates read MCD4EVR – McDonogh Forever. Mr. Young has spent the better part of his life right here on this campus. He attended his first McDonogh-Gilman football game in 1956 and started his McDonogh career as a first grader in 1957. Before graduating with the Class of 1970, he made the most of his experience. He recited the prayer before the very first meal served in Lamborn Hall, made the honor roll 10 of his 12 years, captained the cross country, swimming, and lacrosse teams, and was president of the senior class. He also climbed the clock tower, where his signature still appears at the top.

Mr. Young returned to campus in 1976 to teach math and science in the Middle School, and in 1980 he settled into his role as eighth grade algebra teacher. For 39 years, Mr. Young has taught students that patience + practice + perseverance + worksheets = success. Anyone in the audience who has had Mr. Young for a teacher knows that worksheets are a very big part of the equation. A very big part!

Outside the classroom, Mr. Young has coached lacrosse, swimming, cross country, and girls’ basketball in the Middle School, and tennis, swimming, and cross country in the Upper School. He is also credited with forming McDonogh’s water polo team.

Tom, you have influenced so many lives in so many ways. As a student and a teacher, you have added tremendous value to our community. Thank you for all that you have given in the sum of your years here.