October 2018


As a Gilman student in the 1980s and 1990s, I knew Mr. Foreman as my Middle School science teacher, Coach Holley as my basketball coach, and Mr. Finney as the trash-collecting headmaster who would jump on top of desks to get us excited for the McDonogh football game. I did not know the vital role that each played in the integration of Gilman School, however. This weekend, we pay tribute to these trailblazers, as well as the other pioneering students, parents, and faculty who took those first, brave steps towards making Gilman the diverse and inclusive community it is today. Learn about the 50th anniversary celebration of Gilman's first black graduates here, and read below for more on how we are commemorating their legacy.

Nathaniel Badder '94

Director of Alumni Relations & Outreach



Today Gilman is among the most diverse independent schools in Baltimore because of the administrators, trustees, and alumni who forged the path 50 years ago. To commemorate their contributions to the Gilman community and recognize the faculty members who ballasted our journeys, we have created an endowed scholarship fund in honor of William A. Greene, Jr., Gilman's first black faculty member. The William A. Greene, Jr. Endowed Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance for talented Gilman students from the Baltimore City public school system who will add to the rich diversity of the School's community that Mr. Greene worked so diligently to help create.


The fund has reached its initial goal, but let's not stop there! Now we are focusing on participation and striving for 50 FOR 50 − that is 50% participation by Gilman's black alumni in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the School's first black graduates. Click here to see who is already participating and add your name to the list to help support this legacy.



We are delighted to announce that the newest installment of Class Notes is now available … online! Click here to check out what your classmates have been up to in the past year. Previous issues of The Bulletin can be found here. If you would like a printed copy, just let us know by email:

Our annual report on giving is also online. Click here to learn about the tremendous support Gilman has received from its alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff, and friends.




J.D. Kameen '10 returned to campus in September to share his experiences since Gilman. As a marine executive officer, J.D. was well-suited to follow up on the Upper School summer reading selection, Make Your Bed, by Ret. Admiral William H. McRaven.

J.D. opened his talk with a game of "Name that teacher" in which he gave clues about teachers that students could guess at … and win donut holes for naming correctly! He spoke about the lessons he's learned since graduation, which included embracing your setbacks and giving everyone a second chance.  He recalled sports injuries that allowed him to refocus on academics and his military career, and how a fellow marine cadet who he had underestimated helped him out of a sticky situation. During his visit J.D.'s humility and passion for the school were on full display. We are lucky to have men like J.D. serving in our armed forces and protecting our country, and are proud to call him a Gilman alum.



Nearly 200 Gilman alumni, parents, trustees, and friends convened at the American Visionary Arts Museum on October 4 for the annual Founders' Dinner. The night's featured speakers − Karl J. Connolly, chair of the Upper School visual arts program, and Reverend Charles L. Howard '96, University of Pennsylvania chaplain − delivered powerful messages about the value of a Gilman education. Click here to view their remarks.


On October 9, nearly 60 alumni climbed to the eighth floor roof deck of the iconic Natty Boh Tower in historic Brewers Hill where Rick Diehl '81, David Knipp '82, Wells Obrecht '82, and Dustin Rogers-Little '06 hosted an Alumni Association Happy Hour. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere lively, and the views incomparable. Here are more pictures from the event.




Scalia/Ginsburg, a one-act comic opera by Derrick Wang '02, released its fall schedule. Nick Polydefkis '18 is already making waves with the George Washington University water polo team. Former Gilman football standouts Cyrus Jones '12 and Henry Poggi '13 reconnected as teammates with the New England Patriots for a few days before Cyrus was re-signed by the Baltimore Ravens. Cyrus had a solid debut for the Ravens last weekend, winning bragging rights in the Gilman face-off with the Titans' WR Darius Jennings '11Find details of these stories and more on Buzz Worthy.



Apr. 26-28, 2019

Alumni Weekend
for classes ending in 4s and 9s



Take advantage of free shipping through November 3. Visit Gilman's online store to get your gear for the 103rd Gilman McDonogh game!



The Founding of the Black Student Organization, Spring 1970

In a May 13, 1971 The Gilman News article (on page 2) titled BSO FormedClarence Young '73 describes the formation of Gilman's first affinity group. He writes, "When the Black Student Organization was first conceived ... the objectives and goals were varied as well as vague ... A meeting of parents and students, as well as Mr. Campbell and Mr. Finney, proved to be most revealing. It was felt that an organization of black students was both practical and necessary." According to later issues of The Gilman News, one of the group's first major accomplishments was the establishment of a tutoring club.


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