2009-2010 Photo Essays

Commencement (Students)

The Class of 2010 proudly processed down the hill to Childs Memorial Terrace to the applause of their teachers and received their diplomas on June 11.

Eighth Grade Closing Ceremony (Students)

Eighth graders received their certificates of completion on Monday, June 7.

Athletic Awards Evening (Students)

The 14th annual Athletic Awards Evening, held June 7 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, celebrated nearly 100 student athletes for participation, leadership, and achievement in interscholastic sports. A record 47 seniors were recognized as Golden Eagles, which means they participated in sports every season of their upper school careers.

Stewart Senior Honors Recital (Students)

Katie F., Adam G., Megan L., Hannah M., and Jimmy R. wowed their audience on Friday, June 4 at The Stewart Senior Honors Recital. Viewers were treated to the recitalists' singing, dancing, acting, compositional, and bagpiping (yes, bagpiping!) talents.

Middle School Celebrates End of School (Students)

The Middle School celebrated the end of school outdoors with musical performances by students and games from the television show "Minute to Win It."

Two in a Row for Girls Lax (Athletics)

The girls varsity lacrosse team won their second straight championship, beating Notre Dame Prep 17-8 for the title. The girls finished with a perfect 20-0 record and the #1 ranking in the nation according to LaxPower.

Cardboard Boat Race (Students)

On Friday May 28, 2010, Upper School students gathered at the duck pond to race their self-constructed cardboard boats in a yearly tradition celebrating the end of classes.

First Grade Plants Tomatoes (Students)

Tomato and pepper plants were transplanted from brightly colored cups into the ground by first graders on Wednesday, May 26.

Bottle Rockets Lift Off (Students)

Fourth graders launched their bottle rockets into a perfect blue sky from Chapel Hill on Wednesday, May 26.

Spring Track Championships (Students)

McDonogh Girls won their seventh straight IAAM track and field championship with 215 points. The boys finished second to Gilman at the MIAA track and field championship meet. Justin G. '10 won four gold medals.

Battle of the Books Success (Students)

The annual Battle of the Books engaged middle schoolers from McDonogh and four other independent schools in a Jeopardy-style competition on Wednesday, May 12. McDonogh sent four teams, representing each grade level. The students claimed three first place banners and a second place award.

Second Grade Play (Students)

On Thursday, May 13, Mrs. Lewis's second graders took the stage of the Carpenter Outdoor Classroom for the musical production "Wassaja" about the life of Native American Carlos Montezuma, an accomplished medical doctor and Indian rights activist in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Sixth Graders Become Experts in Everything Greek (Students)

During the final days of an integrated unit on Greek history and culture, sixth graders sampled authentic Greek cuisine and learned about the chemical and physical changes that occur during cooking, performed their own Greek plays, and participated in a triathlon.

Math Carnival Scores Big (Students)

Dressed in clothing with numbers and shapes, lower schoolers enjoyed the second annual Math Carnival on Wednesday, May 19. Students had a wonderful time playing games and participating in activities that were all about math. In true carnival fashion, the children also enjoyed cotton candy, snowballs, and lemonade. Over 100 parent volunteers helped math specialist Regina Karwacki with the event. Head of Lower School Noreen Lidston said, "The probability of Mrs. Karwacki earning an A+ for organizing this year's Math Carnival is 100%!"

Middle School Oratory (Students)

Middle schoolers gathered in Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, May 14, to hear the 10 finalists in the annual seventh and eighth grade oratory program.

Headmaster's Day 2010 (Events)

Scenes from the May 14 Headmaster's Day ceremony.

Roots Planting with MGP and SquashWise (Students)

Watermelon, cucumbers and gourds were planted in the community plot this past weekend, thanks to a collaborative effort from McDonogh volunteers, Baltimore Squashwise and Middle Grades Partnership. It was a wonderful day and everyone felt a huge sense of accomplishment.

Jazz Band Hits a High Note (Students)

The various jazz band ensembles treated their audience to another swinging performance on Thursday, May 6. Check out performances of Brazil, Steppin' Up, and Frankie & Johnny.

Prefirsters Stage Stone Soup (Students)

On Thursday, April 29, Barbara Zimmerman's prefirst class preformed their own version of "Stone Soup" about a group of relief workers returning home from a mission to Haiti.

Concert Band Pyro Spectacular (Students)

A spectacular fireworks display, coordinated by Band Director and licensed pyrotechnician Pete Hengen, lit up the sky above John McDonogh Stadium while the eighth grade and Upper School Bands performed a spring concert on Friday evening, May 7. The acoustic shell behind the bands featured the graffiti art of senior Ben M. Watch a video montage of the event on You Tube.

Reunion Weekend Saturday Events (Students)

Reunion Weekend activities continued Saturday, May 1 with breakfast in the lobby of Horn Theatre, five alumni games, and the Campus Master Plan Sneak Peek. Alumni and their families also took advantage of the warm, sunny day to picnic and enjoy crabs on the Rollins Quadrangle.

Reunion Weekend Friday Activities (Students)

Alums came home on April 30 to celebrate Reunion Weekend. Friday's activities included breakfast at the Bowman House hospitality suite, classroom visits, campus tours, a memorial service, and a cocktail party on the Rollins Quadrangle.

Earth Day 2010 (Students)

Students and teachers used the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, to focus on sustainable practices, plant trees, work in the Roots garden, and save electricity.

The Mouse That Roared (Students)

The Middle School Players performed The Mouse That Roared in The Ceres M. Horn Theatre, Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24.

Young Alumni Happy Hour (Alumni)

Alumni from the classes of 1990-2005 enjoyed each other's company and the atmosphere at Lemongrass in downtown Baltimore on Thursday, April 15.

Cum Laude Society Induction (Students)

Twenty-nine top scholars from the classes of 2010 and 2011 were inducted into McDonogh's chapter of the Cum Laude Society on Monday, April 19. Carey Winfrey '59, editor in chief of Smithsonian Magazine, was the keynote speaker.

Housekeeping Staff Honored (Students)

During the Middle School morning meeting on April 16, sixth grade students and teachers honored McDonogh’s housekeeping staff for all that they do everyday to make McDonogh a better place. They did so as part of the annual Paul T. Spies '73 Community Service Project. Following the program, the honorees were treated to a special breakfast in Lamborn Hall.

One Potato, Two Potato (Students)

About 35 volunteers planted the first crop of potatoes in the Roots garden on Saturday, April 10. After Kirk Robertson dug trenches with the tractor, volunteers spread seed potatoes every eight inches and covered them with dirt. One mom said she couldn't think of a better thing to do on her birthday!

Third Grade Character Ed. Day (Students)

Third graders focused on what it means to be a good friend, good person, and good sport during Character Education Day on March 31. Guest speakers included teachers, middle schoolers, and upper schoolers.

Roots: Here's the Buzz (Students)

Here's the buzz: The McDonogh Roots bees and trees are alive! Although only one colony survived the winter, the remaining bees are active and thriving, reports theatre manager Mel Bratz. And the apple trees planted last November are starting to unfurl their leaves.

Life of Galileo Production (Students)

Bertolt Brecht's "The Life of Galileo" is a realistic portrayal of a scientific genius and telescope inventor. April 9, 10, and 11, a cast of 40 superb actors from the McDonogh Theatre Lab brought into focus the tension between religion and science in 17th century Italy. Indeed, Galileo's discoveries threatened church doctrine.

A New Season for McDonogh Roots (Students)

Kindergarten gardeners began preparing the McDonogh Roots plot for its second season. They hopped on a bus March 25 and headed to the one-acre garden, where they removed rocks and old plant material from the bed to prepare it for tilling.

Second Grade Productions (Students)

Three of the four second grade classes recently delighted audiences with their spring plays. Students in Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Robins classes performed Thirteen Colonies and Mrs. Hailstone's class presented James and the Giant Peach. Mrs. Lewis' class production will take place later this spring.

Art Projects Help the Hungry (Students)

Students in all three divisions produced 250 handcrafted ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Project. Art teacher Leslie Portney introduced students to the project as a way to help feed Baltimore's homeless. Students' bowls went to the St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's annual Empty Bowls fundraiser March 20 at the College of Notre Dame. Patrons bought the bowls, and their contributions supported St. Vincent's services for the homeless.

Baltimore Alumni Luncheon (Students)

On March 10, alumni living or working in the Baltimore area enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Linwoods and heard remarks on the state of McDonogh School from Headmaster Charlie Britton.

Mr. GQ 2010 (Students)

Eleven seniors competed for the coveted title of Mr. GQ on Saturday, March 27 in the Ceres. M. Horn Theatre. Brendan F. won the crown after dazzling faculty judges with his culinary skill and nailing the final question. Kudos to emcees Olivia D. and Charlotte P. Check out the opening dance sequence in this YouTube video.

Multicultural Evening Celebration (Students)

"Celebrating Life" was the theme of this year's Multicultural Evening on Friday, March 5. The fabulous celebration included more than 20 student performances in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, followed by a reception with entertainment and a variety of ethnic specialties in Lamborn Hall. In addition to these photos, watch highlights from the program on You Tube.

Auction for Haiti (Students)

The Upper School Leadership Class staged an auction to raise funds for Haitian earthquake relief on Monday, March 1.

Honors Choir at Disney (Students)

The MS honors choir dodged the historic February blizzards to perform at Disney World. They also attended workshops and tried out for Disney's version of American Idol.

Mission Emmanuel Launch (Students)

International hero Emmanuel Yeboah returned to McDonogh on Friday, February 26 for the launch of Mission Emmanuel, an effort spearheaded by four seniors to ship a large crate of bikes and books to Ghana. Students, parents, faculty and staff brought donations to school. Lower School students staged a Parade of Bikes and participated in a Move-A-Thon and Middle Schoolers attended an assembly featuring Yeboah.

Well, Well, Well Raises the Roof (Students)

This year the proceeds from the annual Middle School Well, Well, Well concert helped fund the container shipment for "Mission Emmanuel." Attendees were also encouraged to bring in bikes for donation. The show included an appearance by Emmanuel Yeboah, six middle school Rock Shop bands, guest performers, and a special Beatles set, featuring the Honors Chorus.

February Athletic Signings (Students)

On February 24, six McDonogh seniors signed NCAA letters of intent to play Division I sports in college. Among them were two track and field athletes, a football player, and three soccer players. The schools they will attend include Virginia Tech, Rice University, University of Buffalo, University of Dayton (Ohio), University of Maryland, and North Carolina State.

Faculty Art Graces The Gallery (Teachers)

Recent art work by McDonogh's talented faculty members Jon Detwiler, Oletha DeVane, Mia Halton, and Camille Quijano will be on display in the Tuttle Gallery until March 26.

McDonogh Dances ... Finally (Students)

Two weeks after the event was originally scheduled, McDonogh Dances actually happened. A record number of dancers--78 upper schoolers--dazzled the crowd. The snow break didn't seem to slow them down at all.

The Unseen World (Students)

What is it like to be visually impaired? To feel the keys of a Braille typewriter instead of see the keys on a computer? To navigate around a room without vision to identify obstacles? A representative from the Maryland School for the Blind invited third graders into the world of the visually impaired on February 19. Wearing masks and goggles that altered their vision, students shared the experience of those without sight.

NYC Regionals 2/4 (Alumni)

Alumni attending lunch at The Princeton Club were offered a sneak peek at McDonogh's impressive Campus Master Plan presented by Headmaster Charlie Britton, Associate Headmaster Tim Fish, and Board of Trustees Chair Mike Falcone '79. Later in the evening, New York area alumni were joined by faculty members Bridget Collins '90 and Rob Smoot '77 on for a happy hour at The World Bar. This has always been one of our most popular events, and was again this year. Thanks to all those who attended.

Boston Regional 2/3 (Alumni)

Many thanks to Andrew '94 and Pam Norden for hosting our Boston alumni event on February 3. Headmaster Charlie Britton and veteran faculty Jon Aaron '72 and Andy Motsko also joined in on the fun.

Snow Scenes (Events)

Head of Upper School Science Department and campus resident Andy Motsko took these beautiful shots of McDonogh after the first major snow storm of February.

Sledding at Recess (Students)

While upper schoolers lamented about the snow day that wasn't, lower schoolers enjoyed recess on Chapel Hill.

Polar Bear Plungers (Students)

Seven Upper School students braved the frigid temperatures on Saturday, January 30 to participate in the 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. The adventuresome bunch took a dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Maryland Special Olympics. Fifteen others supported the effort with donations. A total of $1, 220 was raised. McDonogh's team was organized through the Upper School Special Olympics Club.

All-School Art Exhibit (Tuttle Gallery)

Visitors to the January 14 All-School Art Exhibit reception enjoyed masterpieces created by students in kindergarten through tenth grade. On display were paintings, ceramic plaques, clay sculptures, wood sculptures, face collages, mixed media pieces, hanging tapestries, fantasy animals, cyanotype collages, digital stained glass and more. The exhibit is on display in the Tuttle Gallery and the Ceres M. Horn Theatre lobby until February 16.

Dress Swap (Students)

Junior girls organized a dress swap to benefit the House of Ruth. Between 250 and 300 dresses were consigned or donated. When the sale opened on January 28, shoppers found everything from beaded formals to cotton sundresses for bargain prices. Any unsold merchandise will be donated to the Priceless Gown Project.

Second City Wows Sold-Out Crowd (Students)

The comedy troupe performed before a sold-out crowd in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, January 22. The group's improv-based sketch comedy kept the audience laughing for hours and served as a hilarious antidote to January doldrums.

Track Teams Sweep (Athletics)

The boys, girls, and boys JV track teams won their respective league championships at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex on January 15. Here are some post-victory shots.

Geo Bee (Students)

And victory goes to the sixth grader! Middle schoolers--one representing each social studies class in grades five through eight--competed in the annual school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, January 8 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Danny O'C from grade six won, and Geordie E. from grade eight finished second.

Miss MD Comes Home (Students)

Miss Maryland Brooke Poklemba '04 came back to campus on Monday, January 11 to talk to students about her platform on autism awareness and what it is like to be a representative for the state. She also shared memories of her time as a McDonogh student.

How We Celebrate (Students)

At today's Peace and Light Celebration, third and fourth graders shared stories of how their families observe the winter holidays. In between, they serenaded the audience with holiday music.

Boarder Holiday Dinner (Events)

Boarders and campus families enjoyed a holiday feast in Lamborn Hall on Tuesday, December 15. SAGE Dining Services outdid themselves on decorations and dinner; Rollins Fellow in the Teaching of Music, Emeritus Marshall Anders played tunes throughout; and a surprise visit by Santa and his elves provided entertainment for all.

Let There Be Peace on Earth (Students)

"And let it begin with me," sang the first and second graders on December 18 to conclude their annual Celebration of Peace and Light. The children honored classmates' diverse heritage in songs about Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.

K and PreFirst Celebration of Peace and Light (Students)

Kindergarten and PreFirst students brought holiday joy to those who attended the annual Celebration of Peace and Light in Tagart Chapel on December 18.

Holiday Project Wraps up Nicely (Students)

Thanks to the generosity of the McDonogh family, holiday gifts for 132 families were delivered to St. Gregory the Great Church in Baltimore on December 16. Many parent volunteers were on hand to help students and teachers load the gifts into vehicles. In addition to cars and school vans, the Davis and Ward families donated trucks from their businesses to help transport the packages.

Winter Concerts a Holiday Treat (Students)

"If you missed it, you missed out!" Students, parents, and teachers raved about three recent winter concerts: the MS and US concert band, the jazz band, and the US choral groups. Performance levels were high, the repertoire impressive, and the holiday arrangements engaging. Thanks to jazz band and concert choir parents for the photos.

Prefirsters Brighten the Day at Brightwood (Students)

Prefirsters turned a science project into a holiday celebration for the residents of Brightwood Retirement Community yesterday. Wearing their best holiday smiles, the children delivered amaryllis plants they had grown, recited poetry, and sang to the seniors. After performing, the children served cookies and drinks to their new Brightwood friends and shared stories. They gave gifts they made in science class--plant books and holiday cards--along with pinecone crafts and poinsettia plants. Said science teacher Peggy Moag, "It was an amazing day. Several residents had tears of joy. I was so proud of the children!"

Holiday Assembly Goes Up! (Events)

Jonathan needed one more badge, Mr. Wallerson needed to find the holiday spirit, Dug the dog needed to find a master, and Buffe the Valley Girl needed to find accessories. On a journey filled with performances from many of McDonogh's students, a lot of corny jokes, and an appreciative audience, everyone found what they were looking for -- well, Buffe still needs some wardrobe assistance.

Alumni Holiday Luncheon (Alumni)

Alumni gathered on campus for the Annual Holiday Luncheon. Headmaster Charlie Britton gave an address and guests were entertained by the school's three a capella groups: The Women of Note, The Clef-Hangers, and The Gentlemen Songsters.

Remembering Marty McKibbin (Teachers)

Here are images of beloved teacher-coach Marty McKibbin (1927-2009) from the beginning of his career at McDonogh, in 1957. Many were collected by John Wood's AP U.S. history class on the occasion of McKibbin's retirement in 2004.

Students Plant Apple Trees (Students)

On Tuesday morning December 8, kindergartners and fifth graders planted 25 apples trees on the site of the school's original orchard next to the main drive. The new orchard is the latest McDonogh Roots project.

Holiday Bazaar (Students)

The McDonogh Parents Association sponsored Holiday Bazaar drew a big crowd on Sunday, December 6. Shopping, caroling, games, crafts, and delicious treats were enjoyed by all.

MS Idol Semifinals (Students)

On Thursday afternoon, the top twenty contestants in the Middle School Idol competition sang for a spot in the finale tonight (December 4) at 7:30 p.m. in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Tickets are $12 at the door and proceeds will help fund the Middle School Honors Choir trip to Florida in February.

Grandparents Day Celebration (Students)

Smiles and hugs were plentiful in the Lower School on November 18 as students welcomed approximately 600 grandparents and special friends. The guests visited classrooms and enjoyed performances by the youngsters in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre.

Alum Thanksgiving Breakfast (Alumni)

Face-to-face beats Facebook. Alums from the classes of 2006 to 2009 and seniors reunited at the annual Thanksgiving breakfast in Lamborn Hall. Judging by the hugging, squealing, and leaping, alums were happy to see their former classmates. And teachers, including Mr. Abbot, Mr. Britton, Ms. Daniel, Mrs. Love, Ms. Lopata, and Ms. Tasher. Mary's pancakes were good, too.

Mingle and Munch 2009 (Students)

Sixth graders assumed the identities of famous people and the annual Mingle and Munch biography program in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre and lobby on December 2.

Blankets of Hope (Students)

During the December 1 chapel program, third graders presented 16 handmade fleece blankets and "Dreaming of Hope" books with their inspirational writings to members of the school's breast cancer support group. Their handiwork will be donated to The Red Devils, which connects breast cancer patients with support services.

Los Angeles Regional (Alumni)

Alumni from the Los Angeles-area joined Headmaster Charlie Britton at Aura Restaurant for conversation, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres on November 12. Special thanks to Brian '85 & David '89 Robinson for hosting the event.

K2 Eagles Spread Holiday Cheer (Students)

Tammy Rice's kindergarten class, better known as the K2 Eagles, is making the holidays more special for children at St. Vincent's Center in Timonium. Students gave the children goody bags for Halloween and made them cards and muffins for Thanksgiving. A highlight for the second graders was making butter to accompany the muffins.

Reception for Sculpture Exhibit (Students)

Guests enjoyed a gallery reception with award-winning artist Rachel Rotenberg on Thursday, November 19. Rotenberg creates sculptures with cedar and oil paint, and sometimes incorporates elements of metal, wire, rope, and vine to stir emotions of surprise, frustration, triumph, and delight. The exhibit will be on display in the Tuttle Gallery through December 18.

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.

Hero Biography Day (Students)

Biography Day 2009 featured third graders as heroes, from Marco Polo to Mother Teresa. Students chose figures who demonstrated the four virtues of McDonogh's character compass: kindness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. They portrayed their heroes on stage in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on November 23.

Signing Day for Scholar Athletes (Athletics)

Ten lacrosse players and a swimmer from the Class of 2010 signed NCAA letters of intent November 10 to play Division I college sports. With parents, teachers, coaches and teammates watching, they were honored in a special ceremony in the athletic lounge.

2009 Spirit Brunch (Events)

On Saturday, November 7, McDonogh honored its newest Distinguished Service Award recipients: Betsy L. Gaines, Irvin Greif, Jr. '48, Howard S. Klein '76, Cecilia E. Millar, and Patricia G. Thomas as well as the 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: Robert J. Benson '99, Victoria L. Brick '99, Christina D. Coroneos '94, Owen Daly '99, Jazmine Norton Eldridge, '99, Alaina Rees Lawson '95, Frederick C. Maisel, Jr. '37 and Coach (deceased), Scott C. Naylor '75, Christopher A. Poklemba '99, Matthew L. Primm '99, Joseph M. Rosenbaum '99, Jeffrey M. Sanborn, Coach.

Julius Caesar (Students)

Upper schoolers and professional actors from the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company performed "Julius Caesar" in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on November 7 and 8.

94th McDonogh/Gilman Game (Students)

Although the Eagles were not victorious (34-27) over the Greyhounds on November 7 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. Miss Maryland Brooke Poklemba '04 sang The Star-Spangled Banner before the game.

Spirit Week Highlights (Students)

The week-long celebration leading up to the 94th annual McDonogh vs. Gilman football game on November 7 included special theme days and the all-school spirit parade and pep rally.

Riding Ring Dedicated (Athletics)

The Eagle's Nest, a new 28,800 square-foot indoor riding ring, was dedicated Friday, November 6. The ceremony included project donors and guests.

MS and US Halloween (Students)

On Friday, October 30, Middle School and Upper School students and teachers weren't quite themselves!

Lower School Halloween (Students)

On Friday, October 30, Lower School students were greeted at the bus loop by Headmaster Charlie Britton, disguised as Frankenstein. Later in the day the children donned their costumes for the annual Halloween assembly and parade.

Field Hockey Wins Third Straight Title (Athletics)

The varsity field hockey team defeated Glenelg Country School on November 1, 1-0, to win its third straight IAAM B Conference title. The girls scored the winning goal in sudden-death overtime on Goucher College's turf field.

Punkin Chunkin Contest (Students)

On Friday, October 30, fourth graders simulated the annual Punkin Chunkin World Championships held in Delaware with a lesson in aim, force and trajectory on Chapel Hill.

Best Season Ever for Girls Cross Country (Athletics)

On October 28, the girls cross country team finished its best season ever, taking 2nd place in the IAAM A Conference Championship at Oregon Ridge Park after finishing the regular season at the top. Their dual-meet record was 7-0. The girls missed the championship bowl by a heartbreaking three points. They took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and 11th place among hundreds of runners.

A Perfect Season for Girls Tennis (Students)

The girls varsity tennis team went 11-0 during the regular season and won both singles and all three doubles championship matches at the IAAM tennis tournament on October 22.

Expressing Hopes and Dreams in Art (Students)

Renowned artist Joyce Scott inspired lower, middle and upper schoolers to make Nkisi (Congolese for "spirit" or "power figure") to express their hopes and dreams. Using wood, beads, shells, fabric, and other media, Scott and the students spread out in the Horn Theatre lobby on October 21. Their nkisi took different forms, including pouches, figures, and ornaments. Completed Nkisi were tacked to a log from campus, which will remain on display in the lobby of Horn Theatre with hope that the young artists' wishes will be realized.

Fifth Grade Pirate Weeks (Students)

Fifth graders learned all about pirates in a creative interdisciplinary unit including English, reading, social studies, science, art, and music.

American Revolution Brought to Life (Students)

Seventh graders, who are studying the American Revolution, were transported back in time to 1775 with a visit from two active members of the Maryland Loyalist Batallion. Dressed in authentic uniforms, Captain White of His Majesty's Royal Provincial Army and Retired Ensign Gardner of the King's Army (father of Upper School teacher Alex Gardner), shared their perspectives on the colonial rebellion, the Acts passed by Parliament, and the importance of remaining loyal to the king. Students asked great questions and enjoyed learning about uniforms, weapons, and sentiments of the time.

Tuttle Gallery Reception (Students)

"A Life of Art," featuring watercolors by George Wills '54, will be on display in the Tuttle Gallery through November 5. A gallery reception took place on October 8.

Chicago Alumni Event (Students)

Headmaster Charlie Britton visited the Windy City on October 1 for an alumni reception. Many thanks to Gordon Kerr '61 for hosting the event at his office building, which offered a beautiful view of the Chicago River and downtown.

Race for the Cure (Students)

The rain did not keep the McDonogh community from coming out in force October 18 for the 17th annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure. McDonogh had the largest team for the fourth year in a row.

Girls Cross Country Champs (Athletics)

The McDonogh Eagles claimed the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland dual-meet cross country championship on October 14. With a win over Maryvale, the girls ended the season at 7-0. Two runners broke the home course record, which was set in 1998. Next up for the team: the IAAM championship race on Wednesday, October 28 at Oregon Ridge Park.

McDonogh Golf Classic (Alumni)

A record 120 participants enjoyed the alumni association's annual golf tournament, held October 13 at Chestnut Ridge Country Club.

Character Compass Guides Community (Students)

At the conclusion of the Founder's Day service on October 9, each Upper School advisory group received a framed print of McDonogh's character compass, which was recently introduced to students, faculty, and staff.

Dig Pink Volleyball Event (Students)

In support of the "Dig Pink" National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally, McDonogh's volleyball teams hosted "Dig Pink" matches against Maryvale on October 7. Players, coaches, and fans were decked-out in pink for the event that included two competitive games, a pink-themed concession stand, contests, and prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Side-Out Foundation in Washington D.C.

Middle School History Walk (Students)

During the afternoon on Founder's Day, students in grades 5-8 took a tour of McDonogh's campus and learned about the school's rich history from alumni stationed along the way.

Founder's Day (Students)

The school community gathered around the John McDonogh monument on the morning of October 9 to pay tribute to our founder and other members of the McDonogh family who passed away during the past year.

Emmanuel Yeboah Visits McDonogh (Events)

Emmanuel Yeboah, the one-legged Ghanaian man whose bicycle trek across his native country has helped change the negative perceptions of the disabled in Ghana and around the world, captivated the hearts and minds of the McDonogh family with his inspirational story on October 7 and 8. Yeboah's visit was made possible by the Herbert Bearman Foundation in memory of Jill K. Bearman '88, who lost her courageous battle with cystic fibrosis in 1986.

Stream Study (Students)

On the morning of October 2, seventh graders headed out of the lab and into the waters of the Gwynn Falls stream on McDonogh's campus to collect all sorts of scientific data.

Students Bring Character Compass to Life (Students)

McDonogh's Character Compass was brought to life for Upper School students during the Honor Convocation Assembly on Thursday, October 1 through the words of five senior members of the Honor Council. Following the assembly, students and faculty signed a huge, painted canvas of the Character Compass, affirming their commitment to use the compass as a guide in upholding the Honor Code. The banner was painted by members of the theatre tech crew and will hang in the lobby of the Ceres M. Horn Theatre.

Jr. Pin Ceremony (Students)

Members of the Class of 2011 officially became upperclassmen at the Junior Pin Ceremony on Tuesday, September 29.

Activities Fair Showcases Clubs (Students)

Upper schoolers from many extracurricular clubs set up displays and recruited members during the Activities Fair on September 22. Students had a large array of choices, ranging from language and cultural clubs to service and hobby clubs.

Roots Potato Harvest (Students)

Volunteers of all ages gathered at the 1-acre McDonogh Roots garden on September 19 and 20 and harvested 4,000 pounds of potatoes. On September 22, Middle School students loaded sacks of potatoes onto a Maryland Food Bank truck. Much of the produce is being donated to charities. The rest will be used in the dining hall.

Third Graders Shine Shoes for a Cause (Students)

On September 17 and 18, third graders set up a temporary shoeshine stand to raise money for a cancer patient support project.

Rocket into Reading Celebration (Students)

On Tuesday, September 15, Lower School students rocketed down Slip N Slides and soared through "space sprinklers" to celebrate meeting their summer reading challenge "Rocket into Reading." Lower School Head Noreen Lidston, dressed as "Buzz Lidstonyear," led the way in an inflatable UFO.

Roots Harvest Day (Students)

Lower, middle, and upper schoolers harvested hundreds of pumpkins and tomatoes from the one-acre McDonogh Roots garden on Wednesday, September 9. Much of the produce is going to missions and food banks.

First Day of School (Students)

The first day of school was, as always, a day of energy, excitement, and anticipation. From the first step off the bus to the last bell, students and faculty alike experienced a day to remember.

Lower School Orientation (Students)

Parents brought their Lower Schoolers in for an orientation day on Tuesday. Kids met their new teachers, played with old friends, and got excited for the great school year ahead.

China Travelogue (Teachers)

Here are scenes from Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing, photographed in June 2009 by Head of Upper School History Ane Lintvedt. She and colleagues Tim Fish and Jennifer Smith traveled to China to explore a school exchange opportunity there.

Class of 2013 Orientation (Students)

Members of the Class of 2013 got their first taste of the Upper School Wednesday at an Orientation Day. While they received valuable tours, instruction, and advice typical of an orientation, the highlights of the day were the action-packed balloon-popping relay races and games of "huggy bear" that literally had students falling over each other laughing.

Main Building Foundation Uncovered (Alumni)

Workers have uncovered the original, 1883 foundation of McDonogh's Main Building, which was destroyed by fire in 1928. Here are photos of the building before, during, and after the fire as well as what was unearthed today.

Middle Grades Partnership is Summer Success (Events)

From June 22 to July 21, McDonogh was home to sixty Mt. Royal Middle School students, participants in the Middle Grades Partnership (MGP), an educational collaboration between the two schools. These photos include class pictures, the closing ceremony, and a visit to the Roots farm.

NASA Astronaut in the Pool (Alumni)

October 29, 1966: Astronaut Edwin Aldrin, pilot for the Gemini 12 space flight and future member of the historic Apollo 11 crew, practices egress procedures from mockup of his spacecraft during underwater zero-gravity training in McDonogh's pool. Photos courtesy of NASA Johnson Space Center.

Featured Images (Students)

All the featured images for the 2009-2010 school year.

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