February 2019



When the New England Confectionery Co. closed the doors on its Revere, MA factory, I suspect that only a few brave souls bemoaned the demise of their eponymous Necco wafers (whose recipe, it is said, has not been updated since the Civil War!). Reverberations, however, are being felt this month as, for the first time since 1866, Valentine's Day sentiments will be shared between partners and friends without the help of Sweethearts, the miniature heart-shaped candies that carried messages of love. It is sad to see the end of a tradition after 150+ years. To showcase one of our traditions − oral histories − we have launched a new website to share the Voices of Gilman. Read on to learn about this exciting development, as well as the featured speaker for this year's Gilman Forever Luncheon, the premiere of a movie about Mr. Finney, and more!

Nathaniel Badder '94

Director of Alumni Relations & Outreach


It is easy to rattle off a laundry list of accomplishments and recognitions for Chris West '68: Maryland State Senator, Maryland State House of Delegates, top-rated lawyer in Baltimore, and devoted board member to a number of important non-profit causes, to name a few. We are delighted to add one more − keynote speaker at the third annual Gilman Forever Luncheon. This vibrant event, which brings together post-50th reunion alumni and retired faculty to reconnect and reminisce, will be held on Friday, April 27, as part of AW 2019. Previous headliners have included Dave Irwin '66 and John Schmick '67. We hope you will make plans to join us! Visit for a full schedule of events and register today.


More than 50 Gilman men spanning almost 30 years recently gathered in Centennial Hall to talk about life beyond Roland Avenue. This new event was developed by the School's Alumni Association Board of Governors to connect current seniors with alumni who work in industries of interest, in order to learn about different career paths, meet alumni, and seek a potential Senior Encounter opportunity. Here are details and a photo gallery from the event.


Hundreds of Gilman alumni, family, and friends packed into Baltimore's Senator Theatre on February 5 for the premiere screening of A Path to Follow: The Reddy Finney Story, a documentary providing an intimate look at the life, impact, and legacy of Gilman's 10th headmaster. Read more about the premiere. The film will be aired on Maryland Public Television (date TBA), and discussions are in the works about sharing it in additional ways. Stay tuned for more details!


For the past six years, Sam Frank has been building something special here in Baltimore. In addition to hanging roofs and restoring homes around the city, Sam has also built a construction company, Four Twelve Roofing. Specializing in roofing and restoration, Four Twelve started with the purchase a single vacant home and has grown into a thriving small business with an emphasis on quality construction projects that help to improve the city of Baltimore. "Baltimore is a great city, and we love helping its residents unlock the beauty inherent in their homes and the city itself," says Sam. He and his team are looking for summer interns and recently posted two positions on The Gilman Network. Log in to see if you measure up to join their team!


The Bull Roast, a Gilman tradition for the last 38 years, is moving to the fall. The Bull Roast will now coincide with Blue-Gray Weekend. So mark your calendar for the Bull Roast on Friday, November 1 − the night before the Gilman-McDonogh football game.


Chuck Baker '97 is all aboard the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association now that he is the board president. Micah Kiser '13 made it to the Super Bowl in his rookie year with the Rams. Dana Underwood '92 took an unlikely career path to global head of health technology at J&J. Find details of these stories and more on Buzz Worthy.


Apr. 12

Spring into the Arts at Gilman

Apr. 26-27

Alumni Weekend


Many of you have paged through Gilman Voices, the vast collection of Gilman stories meticulously compiled by Patrick Smithwick '69. While this magnificent work offers an unmatched variety of stories and experiences, missing are the actual voices of the storytellers themselves. In an effort to bring these stories to life we are delighted to announce our new oral history website: Voices of Gilman. Visit to check out a growing collection of excerpts from our archives.

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