Bill Greene becomes the first African-American to join the Gilman faculty. “Accepting this position was a major, and, indeed, a courageous decision on Bill Greene’s part, for not only was he leaving the employment of the Baltimore City public schools, but also he was the first African-American to become a Gilman teacher,” writes former Headmaster Redmond C. S. Finney '47.
Mr. Greene enjoyed a storied Gilman career that lasted more than three decades. He took over as director of Gilman Upward Bound, one of about a dozen programs nationwide and the only in Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland run by a high school, in 1970, a position he held for 31 years. Mr. Greene also coached basketball and track, taught math, and was Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions. Mr. Greene, who retired in 2001 as Assistant Headmaster, pushed the School to take crucial next steps to ensure that boys from high-poverty families and families of color would not just enroll, but flourish, as part of Gilman’s community.