2007-2008 Photo Essays

2008 Commencement (Students)

The 136 members of the Class of 2008 graduated on Friday, June 6.

Athletic Awards Evening (Students)

Recognized in 27 different interscholastic sports, close to 100 student athletes received honors for sportsmanship, leadership, and effort at Athletic Awards Night June 2 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. A record 24 seniors were named Golden Eagles for participation in athletics every season of Upper School. One coach received a posthumous honor. Third grade teacher Vicki McMillan accepted a framed varsity letter in memory of her husband Mike, a longtime baseball and football coach who died in March.

Eighth Grade Closing Ceremony (Students)

The Class of 2012 was officially promoted to the Upper School at the conclusion of the eighth grade closing ceremony held on Childs Memorial Terrace June 3.

Gatorade Player of the Year (Students)

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Compnay, in partnership with RISE Magazine, announced senior forward Chris A. as its 2007-08 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year at a press conference held at McDonogh School on June 2.

LS Closing Ceremony (Students)

The class of 2016 proudly celebrated the completion of Lower School on June 2 during closing ceremonies.

Stewart Recital (Students)

Stewart Senior Honors Recitalists Greg B., Taryn H., Emily I., and Michael S. wowed the crowd in the Horn Theatre on Friday, May 30.

Cardboard Boat Race (Students)

The 19th annual Cardboard Boat Race made a real splash on the shores of McDonogh's duck pond.

Memorial Day (Events)

The school celebrates Memorial Day with a solemn ceremony at Memorial Court.

Girls Track Wins Championship (Students)

The girls track team won the IAAM spring championship for the fifth consecutive season on May 17 at Calvert Hall.

Second Grade Musical (Students)

On May 13 and 14, Mrs. Lewis's second graders took the stage of the Carpenter Outdoor Classroom for the production "Don't Give Up." Directed and written by Mrs. Lewis, the musical was about two people who never stopped trying: Mahatma Gandhi of India and Oney Judge, a slave who belonged to George Washington.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Oratory Finals (Students)

Middle schoolers gathered in Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, May 16, to hear the 11 finalists in the annual seventh and eighth grade oratory program.

Varsity Softball Wins Championship (Students)

The Varsity Softball team won the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship on May 11, with a 5-3 victory over Notre Dame Prep.

Class of 1958's 50th Reunion (Alumni)

For over a year, members of the Class of 1958 have been planning how to make their 50th reunion the most memorable one yet. And that they did. Their weekend was filled with storytelling, roasts, football formations, former teachers and coaches, dinner, dancing, and a convertible '58 Ford Fairlane!

Sixth Graders Honor Unsung Heroes (Students)

On May 9, sixth grade students and faculty honored McDonogh's unsung heroes, the maintenance and transportation staff, as part of the Paul T. Spies Community Service Project. The honorees were treated to a special breakfast after the program.

Sophomore Oratory Finals (Students)

Upper schoolers gathered in Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Thursday, May 8 to hear the five finalists in the annual sophomore class oratory competition.

Honors for Ed Kenney (Alumni)

Former art teacher, department chair, and campus artist Ed Kenney was honored with the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award at a special ceremony May 2 in Tagart Memorial Chapel.

Reunion Weekend 2008 (Alumni)

Alums returned home on May 2 and 3 to celebrate Reunion Weekend. The 50th reunion class, 1958, celebrated with two parties. The 65th, 1943, enjoyed a lunch at Headmaster Charlie Britton's house. Other classes ending in 3 and 8 enjoyed milestone reunion parties. Popular campus events included a cocktail party and crab feast. Another highlight was the presentation of the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award to former art department chair and campus artist Ed Kenney. Alaska resident Harley Clough '43 won the prize for coming the greatest distance; Karl Graf '32 was the oldest alumnus to attend.

Headmaster's Day Ceremony (Students)

The entire school community came together on Thursday, May 1 for the annual Headmaster's Day ceremony. More than 50 upper schoolers received awards. Special tributes were paid to freshman class dean Jim Tsouvalos for 25 years of service; accountant Patti Thomas and third grade teacher Carol Buell for their upcoming retirements, and former headmaster Bob Lamborn, who will turn 90 in July.

Spring Jazz Band Concert (Students)

Those in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, May 2 were treated to a swinging, toe-tapping evening with the jazz band, jazz band II, and the rock band. Guest performer Dave Makowiecki, a professional trumpet player, joined the group for a final number. Band director Don New paid tribute to the graduating seniors, who, in turn, thanked New with a poster-sized memento.

Ultimate Frisbee Triumphs (Athletics)

Competing for only the second year, McDonogh's Ultimate Frisbee team defeated Gilman today by a score of 15-3. The co-ed squad is coached by science teacher James "Doc" Silverman.

Into the Woods (Students)

Scenes from The McDonogh Resident Acting Company's spring production of "Into the Woods," a musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

Arts Adventure Day (Students)

Family and friends joined Lower School students for a day-long celebration of visual arts and music on April 18. Guests enjoyed artwork on display throughout the Lower School and musical programs in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre.

Franco-German Week (Students)

Middle and upper schoolers, along with 26 exchange students from Ferney-Voltaire, France, celebrated languages and cultures during Franco-German Week, April 7 to 11. Among the special events for upper schoolers were a concert, movies, and a hat parade.

Cum Laude Induction (Students)

Top scholars from the junior and senior classes were inducted into McDonogh's chapter of the Cum Laude Society on Thursday, April 17. Lloyd Thacker, executive director of The Education Conservancy, was the keynote speaker.

JV Softball vs. Faculty (Students)

The JV softball team played their teachers in a very competitive game on Tuesday, April 15. Both teams gave it their all.

Art Auction Items (Events)

A few of the items available for the silent art auction to benefit Unicef.

McDonogh Forever (Students)

McDonogh Forever, an original musical written by faculty members Jon Aaron '72 and Jon Detwiler, delighted audiences in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre April 4 and 5. The show featured a cast of middle schoolers looking back at McDonogh's history after a member of the Class of 1932 landed in their midst.

Pi Day Celebrations (Students)

March 14 was an important day for McDonogh's mathematicians because 3.14 represents the common three-digit approximation for pi. Students in all three divisions celebrated with an assortment of educational and fun pi-related activities.

Lower School Beach Day (Students)

Students enjoyed the annual Beach Day celebration on March 14 with summer dress, ice cream, and a special assembly that ended with the official start of spring break.

Mr. GQ Contest (Students)

Greg Be. '08 was crowned Mr. GQ 2008 on March 13. Seven contestants participated in the annual competition. All proceeds benefit a charity of the winner's choice.

Second Graders Interpret Fables (Students)

Mrs. Hailstone's second grade class converted eight Aesop's fables into rhymes and performed them for an appreciative audience in the Black Box Theatre on March 12.

Multicultural Night Celebration (Students)

"Passport to the World" was the theme of this year's spectacular Multicultural Night on March 7. The celebration included performances in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, followed by a reception with entertainment and a variety of ethnic dishes in the dining hall.

Prefirst Play (Students)

Through music, movement, and song, prefirst students took their guests on a magic carpet ride around the world, teaching them about Italy, Cuba, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, and much more.

Symbolic Underground Railroad (Students)

During Black History Month, fourth graders created a trail of railroad ties down the main hallway in Elderkin Hall to symbolize the Underground Railroad. Each of the 300 spikes placed on the ground represented one of the approximately 300 runaway slaves that Harriet Tubman led to freedom. As they held the spikes, students imagined a real person and the struggles they faced. The vivid display offered a valuable history lesson for all lower schoolers.

Second Grade Play (Students)

"Character Matters" was the theme of the performance by second graders on February 28 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. In this fun show, the Big Bad Wolf learned the Golden Rule; Cinderella got help in managing her anger; and Jack and the Giant discovered that their differences are cool!

American Biography Day (Students)

Third graders took the stage of the Ceres M. Horn Theatre as patriots, doctors, athletes, authors, artists, and many others for American Biography Day on February 21.

New York Reception 2008 (Alumni)

Film producers, teachers, plastic surgeons, stay-at-home parents, and financial gurus were among those in NYC who shared something in common - having attended McDonogh.

Happy Feet Fun Run (Students)

Many Upper School students and teachers braved the wind and cold to raise money for McDonogh 26, our sister school in New Orleans. The run/jog/walk was sponsored by the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Leaders.

100th Day of School (Students)

The Lower School celebrated the 100th day of school with much hoopla and a special visit from Zero the Hero (Head of Lower School Noreen Lidston in disguise) on Thursday, February 21. Prefirst students made crowns, kindergartners and their teachers came to school with 100 items stuck to their clothes, and classes throughout the building enjoyed special snacks and math activities involving the number 100.

The Works of E. Carey Kenney (Teachers)

E. Carey Kenney, a McDonogh faculty member from 1947 through 1980, will be honored by the Alumni Association with a Distinguished Service Award during Alumni Reunion Weekend in a building that was the frequent subject of his considerable talent.

Singing Telegrams (Students)

McDonogh's a capella groups the Gentleman Songsters and the Women of Note capped off "Love Week" at McDonogh by delivering several hundred singing telegrams across campus yesterday. And they still had their voices when it was all over.

Eagles Win MIAA Wrestling Tournament (Students)

The varsity wrestling team won its third consecutive MIAA tournament title on February 9 at Mount St. Joseph School. Wrestlers in 10 of 14 weight classes were champions, giving the Eagles a comfortable win over runner-up Mount St. Joseph.

Andy Motsko Awarded Endowed Chair (Teachers)

Upper School Science Teacher Andy Motsko was awarded the Howard C. "Dutch" Eyth Endowed Teaching Chair on Friday, February 8, 2008.

US Production of ART (Students)

Ruthie G. ’09 directs this drama about the relationship among three friends, which changes when one buys a piece of art.

Black History Assembly (Students)

"Bridging the Gap" was the theme of the Black Awareness Club's black history assembly yesterday in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. The group planned the assembly to bring upper schoolers and teachers together across racial, cultural, and generational lines. The club delivered its key messages in drama, poetry, dance, rap, and song.

Wrestling Wins League Title (Students)

The varsity wrestling team (23-3), ranked 13th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, won the league title on February 1, defeating rival Mt. St. Joe, 39-18.

McDonogh Dances Concert (Students)

More than 50 Upper School dancers gave a dazzling performance at McDonogh Dances on January 26 and 27. These photo essay images nearly do justice to the students' phenomenal, crowd-pleasing dance concert.

First Grade Mardi Gras (Students)

The first grade celebrated Mardi Gras by making beignets, masks, and photo books.

Mathletes Excel in Competition (Students)

The Middle School Mathcounts team placed third at the Chesapeake Chapter competition on February 2. In the individual competition, seventh grader Ben L. placed sixth out of 170 students, which qualifies him for the state competition on March 8.

Girls Win Swimming Championship (Students)

The girls varsity swim team captured its sixth consecutive IAAM Swimming Championship at UMBC's aquatic center on February 3. The girls earned 474 points,winning seven of the meet's 11 events.

Mural of McDonogh's History (Students)

With the help of Middle School art teacher Denise Wolf and Amanda Pellerin, a resident artist from Young Audiences/Arts for Living, seventh graders researched McDonogh's past and created a mosaic tile mural depicting pivital moments in the school's history. The masterpiece was unveiled at the reception for the All-School Art Exhibition on January 24.

Freshman Museum Project (Students)

The Upper School Library looked a lot like a wing of the Smithsonian just before winter break when world history students brought ancient civilizations to life with exhibits that they developed as part of McDonogh’s second annual freshman museum project.

Cover the Cost Benefit Concert (Students)

On Thursday evening, January 10, students and alumni performed a benefit concert titled "Cover the Cost" to help a local inner city organization cover the cost of musical instruments and lessons for families that cannot afford them.

All-School Art Exhibit (Students)

Works by students in kindergarten through ninth grade will be on display in the Horn Theatre lobby and the Tuttle Gallery January 10–February 20.

Middle School Geography Bee (Students)

Twenty-seven students competed in the finals of the annual Middle School National Geographic Geography Bee in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, January 11. Contestants from grades five through eight who won in their respective social studies classes were quizzed on their knowledge of U.S., world, scientific, and current events geography. After an hour and a half of difficult questions, Willie P. ’12 was declared the champion. McDonogh's own Alex Trebek, longtime social studies teacher Ted Scocos, was the master of ceremonies. Willie will take a written test to see if he qualifies to compete at the state level.

Famous People Mingle and Munch (Students)

On January 9, sixth-graders turned an ordinary biography project into an extraordinary one. Students, dressed as those they studied, shared life stories with other famous people from all points in history. They munched on doughnuts and juice as they mingled and chatted.

Students' Sculptures Tell Personal Stories (Students)

After studying the works of contemporary ceramic artist Christine Federighi and learning how she used carvings and inscriptions to narrate symbolism, students in Leslie Portney's Sculptural Ceramics course created sculptures that narrate their own personal symbolism.

Celebrations of Peace and Light (Students)

Lower School children of all ages welcomed the season of light with celebrations that highlighted six holidays.

Caroling, Caroling, Everywhere! (Students)

On the morning of December 20, pre-first students spread holiday cheer around campus with their sweet, little voices. The dining hall staff returned the favor with a warm batch of chocolate chip cookies!

Holiday Project Wrapped-Up (Events)

Holiday packages from all over campus were delivered to St. Gregory the Great Church in Baltimore on December 20. After students and teachers loaded the vehicles, parents and school staff drove the gifts for 150 families to the church.

Festival of Holiday Celebrations (Students)

In last week's festival of holiday celebrations, kindergartners learned about the origins and customs of Christmas, Diwali, and Hanukkah.

All-School Holiday Assembly (Students)

Grades K through 12 gathered to hear sounds of the season and to watch "The Grounch" have a change of heart.

Alumni Holiday Luncheon (Students)

Alumni returned to campus to savor their friendships and enjoy sounds of the season.

Holiday Cheer for Pen Pals (Students)

The first graders in Mary Catherine Irving's class had loads of fun decorating holiday ornaments for their third grade pen pals at McDonogh 26 in New Orleans. They were excited to put photos of themselves on the gifts so that their long-distance pals can put a name with a face.

People of Color Conference (Students)

Headmaster Charlie Britton, three teachers, and six students attended the 20th annual NAIS People of Color Conference in Boston, November 29 to December 1.

Citizens of the World Week (Students)

Seventh-graders spent the week after Thanksgiving learning more about what it means to be a global citizen. Through speakers, films, skits, reflection sessions, and participation in O.S. Earth's "Global Simulation" game students focused on issues involving hunger, refugees, human rights, and the environment.

Holiday Bazaar 2007 (Events)

The shopping was incredible, the food was great, the games were fun, and the volunteers were amazing at the Parents Association sponsored McDonogh Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, December 2.

First Grade Native American Day (Students)

First graders spent the day with natural resource ecologist John Fishback learning about Maryland area Native Americans.

Sixth Grade Science Fair (Students)

After 11 weeks of focusing on the scientific process, learning about data collections and exploring variables, sixth graders shared their projects with their teachers, their parents and each other.

Myths and Masks (Students)

Fourth graders performed original myths and pourquoi tales for Lower School students, parents, and special guests the week before Thanksgiving. The actors and actresses wore colorful masks made from plaster molds of their own faces.

NCAA Signings (Athletics)

Seven seniors recently signed NCAA letters of intent to play sports in top-level college programs. Becky and Destiny signed for basketball, while Carly, Kira, Annie, Rachel and K.C. were recruited for lacrosse. Their parents and coaches participated in the signing ceremony on November 14.

LS Grandparents' Day (Students)

Grandparents visited the Lower School on Tuesday, November 20. They attended classes, student performances in the Horn Theatre, and, in the case of the Kindergarten, a mini Thanksgiving feast.

Fall Champs 2007 (Athletics)

The girls field hockey, boys fresh-soph soccer, and boys varsity soccer teams won conference championships for McDonogh this fall.

Bull Roast and Spirit Brunch (Events)

Alumni and parents showed their spirit at the Orange and Black Bull Roast in Memorial Field House on November 9. At the Spirit Brunch the following morning, 10 alumni and two coaches were inducted into the Hall or Fame and John Mitchell '57, Marc Blum '60, Ed Novak, and Bill Seal received Alumni Distinguished Service awards.

91st McDonogh - Gilman Game (Students)

Although the Eagles were not victorious (14-21) over the Greyhounds on November 10 in John McDonogh Stadium, orange and black spirit prevailed on campus throughout the day. Prior to the game, fans met in front of the Lower School for a picnic, and from there paraded in grand fashion to the stadium. The Morgan State College Marching Band led the way and also provided half time entertainment.

Spirit Parade and Pep Rally (Students)

In anticipation of the 91st annual McDonogh vs. Gilman football game, the SGA sponsored a pep rally for Upper School students on Thursday evening, November 8. The entire student body continued the celebration on Friday, November 9, with the annual all-school Spirit Parade and Pep Rally.

Macbeth (Events)

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and the McDonogh Theatre Lab's presented Macbeth on November 2 and 3, 2007.

Fourth Grade Punkin Chunkin (Students)

On Thursday, November 1, fourth graders simulated the annual Punkin Chunkin World Championships held in Delaware with a lesson in aim, force, and trajectory on Chapel Hill.

MS and US Halloween (Students)

Students were not quite themselves on Halloween!

Lower School Halloween (Students)

Students were greeted at the bus loop by Headmaster Charlie Britton, disguised as Shrek. Later in the day the children donned their costumes for the annual Halloween assembly and parade.

Smoot's Alaskan Adventure (Teachers)

Environmental science teacher Rob Smoot traveled to Alaska in July 2007 to learn more about its ecosystem and geology.

Race for the Cure (Students)

The McDonogh community came out in force October 14 for the 15th annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley. For the second straight year, McDonogh assembled the largest team and made the largest team donation, more than $47,000 for breast cancer education and research in Maryland.

Founder's Day (Students)

The school community gathered on the morning of October 12 to pay tribute to school founder John McDonogh and all those who have left the McDonogh family. In the afternoon, Middle School students participated in a history walk around campus.

Alumni Exhibit in Tuttle Gallery (Students)

Alumni Zev Schmitz '06, Laura Shipman '99, and brothers Match '02 and Mick '05 Zimmerman contributed sculptural works to this exhibit which runs until November 2 in The Tuttle Gallery.

Aztec Two-Step (Students)

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman of the folk duo Aztec Two-Step visited McDonogh on Friday, October 12. They held a master class in the afternoon, offering critiques and advice to the four brave songwriters who performed for them and a concert that night for the McDonogh community.

Making Boo-Boo Bunnies Together (Students)

Seniors in Jan Kunkel's Calculus class taught Posey Valis's kindergartners how to make boo-boo bunnies from washcloths. It was tough to tell who enjoyed the experience more, the senior teachers or their young pupils. It was Kunkel's idea to depart from routine and connect the two groups.

Seventh Grade Stream Study (Students)

On the morning of October 5, seventh graders headed out of the science lab and into the waters of the Gwynn Falls stream on McDonogh's campus to collect all sorts of data.

2007 Bay Trip (Students)

Eighth graders had a glorious time learning about the Chesapeake on the annual bay trip, September 18 to 20. Educators from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation taught students all about the fragile ecosystem.

Jr. Pin Dinner and Ceremony (Students)

Members of the Class of 2009 were the guests of honor at the Junior Pin Dinner and Ceremony on September 26.

Philadelphia Regional 2007 (Alumni)

On September 15, members of the McDonogh family in the Philadelphia area had an opportunity to meet new headmaster, Charlie Britton, watch the McDonogh Eagles football team take on Penn Charter, and enjoy a tailgate after the game. on Saturday, September 15.

Activities Fair (Students)

Upper schoolers invited classmates to sign up for extracurricular clubs during the September 19 activities fair. Students had many options from which to choose, from language and cultural clubs to service clubs to cricket and chess.

Water, Water Everywhere (Students)

Head of Lower School Noreen Lidston treated her students to a day of water fun after they exceeded her 3,500 book summer reading challenge.

Golf Outing (Alumni)

72 golfers hit the greens on Monday for the annual Alumni Golf Outing.

First Day of School (Students)

Students were greeted with smiles, handshakes, high-fives, and hugs as they arrived for the first day of school on September 5. Headmaster Charlie Britton officially opened the 2007-2008 school year with the traditional ringing of the school bell during convocation.

Parents Welcome Britton (Events)

Students and parents enjoyed the opportunity to meet the new guy, Headmaster Charlie Britton, at three different receptions at Bowman House in August. McDonogh's 12th headmaster is eager to meet members of the community and hear what they have to say about the school.

Endowed Chairs Awarded (Teachers)

Seventh grade science teacher Eileen Heady and Head of Visual Arts Oletha DeVane are the new recipients of endowed teaching chairs. Headmaster Charlie Britton surprised them both with the honors at the opening faculty/staff meeting on August 28 in Tagart Chapel.

Featured Images (Students)

All the featured images for the 2007-2008 school year.

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