Spring 2022
McDonogh Reception in Washington, D.C. Register Now
Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. | The Loft at The Hamilton
Memorial Day Service
Thursday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. | Memorial Court
McDonogh Reception in Boston Register Now
Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. | Hotel Commonwealth
On April 19, students, faculty, staff, trustees, and guests attended a dedication of The Memorial to Those Enslaved and Freed. The Memorial, created by accomplished artist and retired faculty member Oletha DeVane, was erected to honor the enslaved people whose forced labor contributed to the wealth that was the basis of the School’s founding. African drumming, a wreath-laying, a libation ritual, a reading of names of the enslaved inscribed on the memorial walls, and remarks by the artist helped mark this significant moment in McDonogh’s history. Learn more

During Reunion Weekend, there was a special dedication for alumni and guests of the artist. After the ceremony, attendees filled the Klein Lyceum for the premiere of a documentary on the creation of the Memorial produced by Emmy Award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and writer Robin Hamilton 91. Watch the documentary.
On March 3, Head of School Dave Farace 87 announced the creation of a new faculty chair and a new endowed fund. The Gordon B. Shelton 64 Science Fund was created in honor of A. Ogden “Bugs” Ramsay, a member of McDonogh’s science faculty for 44 years. Ramsay nurtured the interest of countless boys and sparked the successful science careers of many, like Shelton, who studied under him. The Gordon B. Shelton 64 Science Fund will be used to teach students to become self-reliant, critical thinkers who can form, test, and revise their ideas, just as Bugs instructed.
Neal Moszkowski 84 established The Paul E. Smith Teaching Chair to honor Smith, a physical education teacher and coach from 1974 to 1990 and the first Black member of the School's faculty. Smith had a gift for relating to students on a personal level, building camaraderie among peers, and inspiring athletes of all abilities to do their best. He stressed the essential skills of effort, integrity, resilience, and honor, and Moszkowski believes these characteristics contributed to his own success. Middle School art teacher Denise Wolf is the first recipient of the Paul E. Smith Teaching Chair. 
On April 10, more than 250 students, mentors, donors, Living Legacy Society members, trustees, faculty, staff, and special guests gathered to recognize one of McDonogh’s most important and enduring traditions. Head of School Dave Farace ’87, a former scholarship student himself, spoke about the significance of McDonogh’s Scholarship Program and featured speakers Tom Dance ’66 and Niles Riding ’22 reflected on their experiences and the impact of a McDonogh education. Learn more and view the remarks from Tom Dance and Niles Riding.
After one canceled Reunion Weekend and one virtual Reunion Weekend, alumni were back on campus April 29-May 1 to enjoy three days of fun. The festivities included a mix of traditional activities like campus tours, a cocktail party, the Crab Feast and Family Picnic, and class parties as well as unique events like the McDonogh Voices dance performance, the alumni dedication of The Memorial to Those Enslaved and Freed, and the premiere of a film documenting the creation of the memorial. See the photos and learn more

Friday evening also included a joint Young Alumni Award and Distinguished Service Award (DSA) ceremony honoring young alumni Kai Cunningham ’12, Brielle Smoot Ferguson ’07, and Lisa Tostanoski ’08 and DSA recipients Erika Seth Davies ’94, Noreen Lidston, and Butch Maisel III ’72. Watch the ceremony.

Save April 28-30, 2023, for next year’s Reunion Weekend; class years ending in 3 and 8 will celebrate their milestones!
The inaugural year of this stimulating discussion series designed to give stories about the School’s past a greater voice in McDonogh’s present and future focused on our understanding of history. After three community conversations and an art exhibit in Tuttle Art Gallery, the series concluded on April 29 with an inspiring dance performance. Nile Russell ’00, Naana Badu ’00, Jenn Ford ’00, and current students performed a piece that highlighted the dichotomy and complexity of McDonogh (the person and the School), the importance of creating greatness in difficult times, and a forward vision of the McDonogh community’s future. Watch the performance and learn more about McDonogh Voices
The 46th Annual McDonogh Classic was postponed due to forecasted severe weather. The rescheduled date is Monday, October 10 at Hayfields Country Club. If you weren’t able to join us in May but want to participate in October, please be on the lookout for more information to be emailed this summer. Many thanks to our sponsors who are supporting this event. For a list of sponsors and other event details, click here.
Throughout their McDonogh careers, the following individuals have made an impact on countless students and employees in meaningful ways, both large and small, and will be retiring at the end of the year: Donald Clifford, Joan Dankert (deceased, not pictured), Mike Eller, Chet Janiga, Ilona Kessell, Bob Mahon, Nancy McFadden, Philip Olsen, Donna Pearre (not pictured), Tom Pearre (not pictured), Al Poklemba, JB Rothen, and Jewel Xie. 

If you would like to express your appreciation or wish them well in their retirement, please share your sentiments by Friday, June 10. The messages will be compiled and shared with each retiree. See the photos from the Head of School Day ceremony where they were honored.

The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking an Alumni Engagement Associate to provide program and event coordination for the Office of Alumni Engagement and the 150th Anniversary celebration. Read about the position.

Additionally, the Office of Philanthropy is looking for a Campaign Associate to support the operations of McDonogh’s capital campaigns. The Associate will assist with reunions, special events, stewardship, and logistics; manage retiree engagement, and serve as the Office Manager for the Office of Philanthropy. Read about the position.

McDonogh is a great place to work; the School was named a Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun for six consecutive years. Employees are part of our welcoming and inclusive community. 
The McDonogh Connect alumni networking platform has more than 1,000 members, and 70% of users are willing to help with professional endeavors! Use this resourceful tool to find former classmates, make career connections, post or view job opportunities, offer mentoring to current students and recent graduates, and promote your business. Learn how to join and download the app.
Each year, the Dunloggin Medical Scholarship Fund provides grants to McDonogh alumni who are currently enrolled in medical school in the United States. To be eligible, a student must have completed the first year of medical school. Scholarships are granted for one year and may be renewed twice, providing for three successive years of scholarship support. Apply here by September 1, 2022.
Office of Alumni Engagement | mcdonogh.org/alumni