A unique program supporting talented boys at Gilman School.

The Finney-Greene Program builds upon the belief that every student should reach his potential. The program supports talented young men who have a solid academic record, exhibit exemplary character traits, and possess unique or special talents. The program seeks to engage boys and their families to provide an extra level of support, mentorship, and access to opportunities.

The Process

During the Gilman admissions process, applicants and their families will meet with the Finney-Greene Program Director to learn more about the program and the support provided. Once admitted to Gilman as a Finney-Greene student, a boy receives additional monitoring, support, and, if needed, tutorial assistance to help him adjust to and thrive at Gilman. The program is mutually beneficial; participants are provided necessary support, while also making impactful contributions to the Gilman community, and, post graduation, the world in which they will live and work.

The Participants

The Finney-Greene Program enrolls talented students of all ethnic, racial, economic, and religious backgrounds. The program is available to students in grades 6 through 12. Once a student is enrolled, he remains in the Finney-Greene Program until graduation, receiving support throughout.

Meet the Scholars

One scholar travels to Gilman each day from Aberdeen, Md., and has committed his full attention to varsity football and wrestling and to his studies, working hard to meet the significant uptick in academic expectation from his public middle school. 

A competitive chess player and youth mixed-martial artist, another scholar is an "infectiously enthusiastic presence" who is deeply invested in his own academic success. He also is mentoring and tutoring a third grade student. 

Another scholar comes to Gilman only two years after immigrating from China; he succeeds academically despite challenges with both spoken and written English and unfamiliarity with the subtle idiosyncrasies of American culture and the English language. He also runs cross country. 

This scholar, whose older brothers attended Gilman, played the family sport of baseball, and chose a new athletic path, making varsity on a highly competitive Gilman soccer team. 

One scholar is a gifted musician, a natural trombone player, who joined the Drum Line, the Middlemen, the Middle Ts, the Jazz Band, and the Concert Band, while continuing to participate in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program. 

This scholar is very reserved, possessing a quiet demeanor that belies the fact that he is perhaps the best basketball player Gilman has seen in the last two decades or so. His focus is academics, and he is determined to make the best of his time at Gilman. 

This scholar has hit the ground running as if he had attended Gilman since kindergarten. He has made friends quickly and immersed himself into the community by joining the band and the football team. He approaches each day with visible appreciation for his opportunities and his surroundings. 

About Our Program Namesakes
Redmond C. S. Finney '47

Redmond C. S. Finney ’47, our tenth Headmaster, is largely considered as one of the main architects of integration at Gilman. He joined the faculty in 1954 to teach history, mathematics, and religion, and to coach football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Prior to his 1968 appointment as Headmaster, Mr. Finney served as Upper School director of discipline, faculty advisor to the Honor Committee, and a member of the Admissions Committees. In the summer of 1967, along with William Campbell ‘52, Mr. Finney co-founded Gilman Upward Bound, a federally funded educational program for children from impoverished backgrounds. He is also a co-founder of the Baltimore Educational Scholarships Trust (B.E.S.T.), which supports lower-income African American students from the Baltimore area. Mr. Finney retired in 1992, after a 38-year career at Gilman.

William A. Greene, Jr. 

Gilman’s first African-American faculty member, William A. Greene, Jr. enjoyed a Gilman career that began in 1969 and lasted more than three decades. In 1970, he became 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.

Contact
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Finney-Greene Program staff.

Mike Molina

Mike Molina

Teacher
Eric Marner

Eric Marner

8th Grade Dean