January 2019


It's January, which means it's time once again for New Year's resolutions. According to some sources, this practice dates back to the Babylonians more than 4,000 years ago. Recent estimates suggest that between 40-50% of Americans participate in this tradition. Nearly 90% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, and of those who do fail, about 23% admit to forgetting about their resolutions altogether! Since the Baltimore Ravens and Alabama football teams have recently proved my prognostication skills to be ... let's just say ... limited, I am going to abstain from resolutions this year. Instead, I've decided to make a few commitments. I won't bore you with all of them, but I will say that no matter where you come down on the great resolution debate, I hope that 2019 is off to a great start for you and yours. I encourage you to read on to learn what's new with Alumni Weekend this year, how you can mentor a current senior, what a modern Renaissance man looks like, and more!

Nathaniel Badder '94

Director of Alumni Relations & Outreach

This year, we are delighted to welcome back to campus alumni from classes ending in 4s and 9s. This means that we want to see you, members of the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014! Registration is now live!! Highlights of the weekend include:

  • The 3rd Annual Gilman Forever Luncheon − convening post-50th reunion alumni and retired faculty, and welcoming the newest members ... the class of 1968.
  • The Golf Outing at Woodholme Country Club
  • The Crab Feast (open to all alumni, not just those in reunion classes)
  • Alumni baseball and lacrosse games
  • The Alumni Awards Luncheon 
  • And, of course, individual class parties!

Go to for a full schedule of events and register today.


Attendees of 50th Anniversary Recognition Celebration

Each year, at the conclusion of their exams, members of the senior class engage in a workplace internship with an adult mentor outside of Gilman. During this two-week capstone experience called Senior Encounter, each boy works alongside this "Encounter Mentor," who has agreed to supervise and teach him about what he/she does on a daily basis. The aim is to give students a taste of life outside of Gilman and potential interests for college study and career opportunities. Along the way, boys also learn what it is like to be in the adult working world and how to function productively in an organization.


This year, Senior Encounter runs from Tuesday, May 21 through Tuesday, June 4. The Senior Encounter is a wonderful opportunity for alumni, parents, and friends to mentor a young adult, and we hope you will consider volunteering this year. If you or someone in your organization is willing and able to host a student for Encounter, please click here to complete a brief interest form.



Louis Young, II '04

This 12-year Gilman man is a true Renaissance man. The former three-sport athlete is a classically trained painter and his interests range from motorcycles to powerlifting. When he's not at the easel, on the bench, or in the saddle of his dual-sport BMW R1200GS, he is cultivating an award-winning career in technology and entrepreneurship.

A former CIA officer, Louis is the co-founder and president of Paygevity − a New York-based capital markets FinTech platform provider that connects banks and credit-based asset managers to a new $2 trillion working capital asset class. Louis and his company, Paygevity, were recently profiled in the Baltimore Business Journal for their plans to open a second office in and bring 50 jobs to Charm City. Here's the story. Louis holds a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and MBAs from Cornell University's Johnson School of Management and Queens University's Smith School of Business.


Alumni Basketball 2018
Alumni Basketball Dec 2018

While there is some debate about whether this was the 18th or 19th iteration of the tradition, it did not dampen the enthusiasm for this year's Gilman Alumni Basketball Game, which was sponsored by Gilman's Black Alumni. More than 30 alumni from Gilman and GBALI (Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute) laced up their shoes and took to the court in December. In addition to some spirited hoops, the group enjoyed pizza and conversation afterwards. Though a few of the older participants are likely still sore from the games, nobody twisted an ankle and good fun was had by all!


Even before completing his freshman football season at Stanford, Thomas Booker '18 has made a name for himself. In a feel-good Smalltimore story, Kevin Holley '79 turns out to be connected to a total stranger. Kevin Robbins '94 is profiled in a Washington Business Journal article about the rapid growth of his company. Find details of these stories and more on Buzz Worthy.





Ever wonder if there are rules to throwing snowballs? Check out these guidelines from the 1980 issue of Gilman Cynosure.

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