Alumni Weekend 2022: What a Weekend!
Over the course of three days and two nights, nearly 600 alumni and guests from 20 different states — including Juan Alvarez '87, who flew in from São Paulo, Brazil (4,737 miles away!) — flooded back to campus to celebrate milestone reunions, catch up with old friends, and relive great memories!
Friday, April 22
The festivities kicked off on Friday with a campus tour and stroll through halls filled with amazing student artwork led by Director of Secondary School Admission Owen Daly. Then came the fifth annual Gilman Forever Luncheon. The Gilman Traveling Men welcomed the group of post-50th reunion alumni as well as retired faculty and staff with stirring renditions of "Gilman, 'O Gilman" and "When I'm 64" by The Beatles. Headmaster Henry P. A. Smyth talked about all that has changed on campus over the School's 125-year history, but also how the School has remained true to its mission and core values. Said Ted McKeldin '55, "Great program and luncheon today. I really liked Henry's talk about Gilman. What a great school! I hate to say it, but it is so far superior to my 1942-1955 version. So many course options and athletic choices. Fantastic!" Former Alumni Association Board of Governors President Tom Waxter '82 then presented the first-ever Richard Evans '60 Alumni Spirit Award to Mac Barrett '67, who shared a series of moving reflections on what Gilman has meant to him over the years.
Connecting with Current Students
The luncheon was followed by the Senior Panel Discussion, where members of the Class of 2022 shared their Gilman experiences with captive alumni. Rick Uhlig '59 commented, "The boys seem much more mature and sensible than we did at the same age. I left with the opinion that Gilman is doing a great job turning out terrific young men."
Then, members of the Class of 1972 started their 50th reunion celebration with a Third Grade Pen Pals Meetup. Having already exchanged letters with members of the Class 2031, the groups had a chance to sit down and compare notes on their Gilman experiences. As afternoon shifted to evening, more members of the Class of 1972 filtered in to join classmates for a festive cocktail party in the Legg Reading Room.
Taste of Baltimore
Friday culminated with the first-ever Taste of Baltimore in which alumni of all ages mingled with faculty and staff and delighted in the culinary options of five Gilman alumni restaurateurs — Phil Han '04 (Dooby's, Sugarvale, Noona's), Patrick Hudson '04 (True Chesapeake Oyster Co., The Local Oyster), Brendon Hudson '12 (Allora, Liliahna), Zach Ranen '14 (RAIZE), and Michael Singleton '00 (Blacksauce Kitchen). Exclaimed one attendee, "Even the 'healthy' cookies were delicious!"
Saturday, April 23
On Saturday morning, alumni lacrosse players from 1976-2017 filed in to share breakfast with and learn about the current Greyhounds lacrosse program with Head Coach Tony Incontrera. After breakfast, Tony and this year's team hosted a fast-paced, high-impact youth lacrosse clinic on Brown Field for members of the Gilman community.
Additionally, the Class of 1972 gathered to remember departed classmates. Director of Strategic Information and Innovation Tye Campbell welcomed alumni and their younger family members to the Middle School's Novak Innovation Lab for a morning of creation with robots, 3D printers, and more. Head Baseball Coach Larry Sheets also led an engaging "chalk talk" with alumni about last year's championship run, this year's prospects, and more.
Reconnecting at Reunions
Another campus tour and art walk — this one led by History Teacher Bill Gamper '71 — followed the morning's exploratory activities and concluded at a tent on Harris Terrace, where hundreds of alumni and guests gathered for the All-Reunion Class Cocktail Reception. The Gilman Jazz Ensemble entertained guests, and Mr. Smyth shared a few additional remarks about the classes celebrating milestone reunions, their incredible participation and fundraising efforts, and more.
Next, it was off to various locations across campus for the classes celebrating milestone reunions: 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017. The Class of 1972's party included moving appreciations of Messers Edeline, Fitzpatrick, Pika, and Woodward, many of whom were in attendance, and was made more festive by the remarkable artwork of Gordy Allen '72. Not to be left out of the celebration, members of the Classes of 1957, 1962, and 1967 gathered for a special reunion dinner at the Elkridge Club. Many smiles could be seen, and laughter was heard up and down Roland Avenue and Charles Street long into the night!
Sunday, April 24
Remembrance and Service
Despite the festive evening, many were up early on Sunday morning. Members of the Gilman community gathered in Alumni Auditorium to celebrate the life and impact of longtime faculty member and coach Anton Vishio, Sr.
The Alumni Association Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Gilman Black Alumni Society, tilled soil and planted crops at the Afya Community Garden in Park Heights as part of the Gilman Gives Back service day.
Finally, the Class of 1972 concluded its weekend celebration with a farewell lunch at the home of Mark Fetting '72, President of the Board of Trustees.
Thanks to everyone who attended Alumni Weekend 2022. It was a great weekend to be a Greyhound!
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos above! Click the button below to view all photos from the weekend.
Photos by: Steve Ruark '96, Rebecca Scott, Mark Welch, and Luis Ruuska.
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