BOYSâ€™ LATIN SPRING 2019 / VOLUME 8
THEN & NOW
How BL Has Changed
FALL SPORTS Wrap-Up
LAKER STORIES Three BL Legends
magazine The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland 822 West Lake Avenue Baltimore, MD 21210 410.377.5192 www.boyslatinmd.com To receive a copy, contact Lisa Anthony 410.377.5192 x1106 Editorial Team Joyce Barnett,
Lower School Administrative Assistant
Upper School English Teacher
Pat Gugerty ’83,
Assistant Headmaster for Advancement
Mac Kennedy ’76,
Director of Alumni Relations & Stewardship
Director of Marketing & Communications
Taylor Stothoff ’11,
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Creative Team Katie Reid,
Director of Digital Media
Photography Team Larry Canner Mary Carole Curran Harry Connolly Photography Derrick Thomas Brian Tankersley LifeTouch Unconquered
ON THE COVER
Table of Contents Features Then & Now .............................................................. 4 Laker Trivia ............................................................... .10 Student Spotlight: Blake Shepherd..............................14 Faculty Spotlight: Butch Maisel ................................. 16
Campus News Fall Sports Wrap-Up .................................................. 21 Bull Roast Recap ........................................................ 22 Celebrating 175 on Campus .......................................25 50th Anniversary of BL Black Alumni........................ 26
Connections Laker Stories .............................................................. 28 Homecoming Preview ............................................... 30 Class Notes ................................................................ 31 Headmaster Post gets ready to blow out the birthday candles with the lower school on the first day of classes.
Below is a letter written by Headmaster Chris Post to the Boys’ Latin Community:
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Nicholas King President Geoffrey H. Brent ’77 First Vice President Richard H. Bagby ’82 Treasurer William H. May ‘60 Assistant Treasurer Eileen Wilcox Secretary J. Duncan Smith ‘73 Assistant Secretary Frank S. Jones, Jr. ‘77 Past President Theodore W. Bauer H’17 James R. Brooks ’73 James A. Callahan, Jr. ’71 Herbert D. Frerichs, Jr. W. Kyle Gore ’80 Kathy H. Gray G. Todd Guntner ’72 Shelly Hairston-Jones Harold G. Hathaway III ’66 Henry A. Lederer ’80 Jeffrey C. Mason ’81 Warner P. Mason H ’12 Ryan McClernan ’85 Ryan D. Mollett ’97 Matthew D. Nichols David Oestreicher Brian H. O’Neil ’75 Robert B. Rice Peter B. Snyder Stacy J. Walsh David A. Ward Stephen E. Wright ’69 Brian J. Rudick ’87 Alumni Association President Deb Wood Parents’ Association President TRUSTEES EMERITI Raleigh Brent II ’44 Robert E. Carter ’64 Philip C. Federico ’75 Henry H. Hopkins H ’03 Craig Lewis Frederick W. Meier, Jr. J. Duncan Smith ’73 H. Mebane Turner H ’08
For more than a decade, it has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve as Boys’ Latin’s Headmaster but especially during this our historic, 175th anniversary year. This has been a year filled with celebration and reflection: celebrating our school’s rich history and traditions while also reflecting on our significant growth over the past 175 years. You know the story. Our founder, Evert Marsh Topping, a Princeton classics professor, held the belief that the best education occurred when students are actively engaged in the learning process. Princeton, however, felt that his ideas were too radical, and would not have a positive, lasting impact on their students. Rather than continuing in a place that was inconsistent with his beliefs and values, Dr. Topping decided to open a classical academy in Baltimore. And the rest, as they say, is history. 175 years of history to be precise. On the pages that follow, you will read all about this year of celebrations, from our Opening Convocation, complete with a birthday party for all of our students (including cupcakes and noisemakers!) to our celebration of Boys’ Latin’s first black alumnus, current trustee, Dr. Stephen Wright ’69. More lies ahead, including assemblies with our students looking back through our history, and exhibits displaying artifacts and memorabilia from our shared experience. With that in mind, please be sure to save the date for Saturday, May 4, 2019, for our school-wide Homecoming. We’ll kick-off Homecoming weekend with the Orioles game on Friday night, followed by the
Alumni Association Awards Luncheon on Saturday, varsity lacrosse v. Gilman, and then a cocktail party under the tent at the Alumni House. Both events promise to be wonderful celebrations.
Dear Boys’ Latin Alumni, Families, and Friends,
Also in this issue, you’ll read about a few of the many people who continue to make our School so special. We introduce you to our student body president, Blake Shepherd ’19, whose leadership is having a lasting impact on our school. We also feature stories of one of our longest tenured faculty members, Butch Maisel H’09, who is the curator of the Boys’ Latin Military History Museum; longtime athletic director and coach Hugh Gelston ’56; and former trustee and distinguished alumnus Keith Scroggins ’73. Finally, it would be impossible to consider the growth of Boys’ Latin here on Lake Avenue without highlighting the unparalleled contributions and extraordinary devotion of associate headmaster emeritus, Dyson Ehrhardt ’59. Each of these individuals has influenced our School’s growth and development, but it is their collective contributions that speak volumes about their dedication to the ideals and values that have been foundational to Boys’ Latin for 175 years.
Mattheu has been a fixture in every facet of Boys’ Latin since his first days in our lower school. He’s fondly remembered as a thoughtful and kind student, whose warm demeanor and a neverending smile would bring joy to all those around him. In the upper school, Mattheu was a good student, and he was most proud of his work in the Diversity Club, playing varsity football, and playing the saxophone in our music ensembles. Mattheu was humble and kind, and he avoided any sense of the spotlight or public recognition.
That dedication to mission – that embodiment of our motto Esse Quam Videri: To Be, Rather than To Seem, remains the steadfast commitment of our School today. Especially as we celebrate this historic anniversary, we are mindful of the great sacrifices that so many have made to ensure that we can provide an educational experience that transforms the lives of boys and young men. We inspire each student to strive for academic and personal excellence. We inspire each boy to become the best version of himself. And we have for 175 years. I look forward to seeing you soon, and to sharing our celebrations together.
All the best,
January 23, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic news of the passing of Mattheu Thomas, a member of the class of 2019. For more than a year, Mattheu fought valiantly in his battle to confront and overcome Osteosarcoma, a cancer that first affected bones in his leg in the fall of 2017. Mattheu passed away this afternoon surrounded by family and loved ones. Mattheu is survived by his brother Theo ’17 and his parents Sadra and Derrick (our upper school technology coordinator).
A Tribute to Mattheu Thomas On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, we lost one of our own. Mattheu Thomas ’19 passed away after valiantly fighting Osteosarcoma for over a year. Mattheu’s strength and optimism inspired us all, and he personified the values of courage, compassion, and integrity that we at Boys’ Latin hold so dear. On Saturday, February 2, Boys’ Latin hosted a Service of Thanksgiving in the Gelston Athletic Center to honor Mattheu. Mattheu’s family, the Boys’ Latin Community, and his faith family joined together in a beautiful celebration of Mattheu’s all too short life. The service included remarks from faculty, students, Headmaster Post, friends, and his faith community. The love and support that were felt during the service were perhaps best expressed by Carlos Davis ‘19, one of Mattheu’s closest friends: “Whenever you think of Matt, always endeavor to live out his legacy; In other words, smile, make someone happy, and above all else, Love one another.” There is no higher purpose. In honor of Mattheu, Boys’ Latin is pleased to announce the Mattheu Thomas ‘19 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be part of our Named Scholars Program which provides financial support to students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend Boys’ Latin. Each year a deserving student will carry the mantle of Mattheu Thomas Scholar, and Mattheu will be remembered forever. Our boys continue to come to terms with not having Mattheu on campus every day. They miss their friend but find comfort in each other and in holding tightly to their memories.
Christopher J. Post / Headmaster
Mattheu is forever a Laker.
Over the course of the past 18 months, Mattheu has been an example of courage and grace. Whenever possible, Mattheu would be on campus, attending classes and participating in the full life of the school. Mattheu never wanted to speak of his illness. Instead, he would engage others in discussions about anything and everything, from sports to music to the full range of popular culture. In his senior speech that he delivered this fall, Mattheu reflected that as a younger student, all he wanted was for high school to move quickly and, now, all he wanted was for time to slow down. When Mattheu returned to campus last week, our upper school and faculty from across our three divisions lined the driveway to greet him. As he drove through, he smiled and waved, and, as he was leaving, he shared with me just how much he missed being here, and how much he loved us. The loss of Mattheu is unfathomable. The family is making arrangements for celebrating Mattheu’s life, including holding a memorial service here on campus. As details become available, we will share those with the community. In the meantime, we will gather with our upper school students and faculty tomorrow morning, to offer reflections and begin to share in our grief together. Mattheu’s life will be recognized in the lower school and middle school in age-appropriate ways. There will be counselors available for our students as well. While I know that Mattheu’s suffering has ended, and I pray and believe that Mattheu is in a better place, I am overwhelmed by the loss of his presence in our lives. Please join us in holding Mattheu and his family close in your thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Christopher J. Post Headmaster Boys’ Latin
The school store was originally a barn used to stall horses and cattle.
Boys' Latin's main original building, school building WilliamsonHall, Brevard whenStreet. it wasca. first 19?? purchased in 1960
Then & Now Step into a time machine to take a look at how Boys' Latin has changed throughout the years.
Williams Hall Above is Llewellyn Estate, known today as Williams Hall. BL purchased and moved onto the estate in 1960 and the mansion was quickly converted into a K-12 school for boys. The photo on the right depicts Williams Hall today with its many additions and improvements. Williams Hall today
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1917 Championship Baseball Team
Athletics A winning tradition. The top photo depicts the 1917 Boys’ Latin Championship Baseball Team and 101 years later we see the Lakers of today celebrating their 2018 Championship. Laker baseball has won a total of six Championships, most recently winning the MIAA “B” Conference three times in a row (2016-2018).
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Commencement Graduation is a time of many honored traditions. The above photo shows the class of 1932 processing from the old playground on Brevard Street to the gymnasium. On the right, the class of 2018, led by a bagpiper departs the Alumni House to process across the front lawn. 2018 Championship Baseball Team
The school store was originally a barn used to stall horses and cattle.
BL Christmas carolers, 1930s
Music For 175 years, Boysâ€™ Latin has been committed to making music part of a boyâ€™s experience. Today our boys study musical genres from around the world and across the centuries, play a variety of instruments, sing in our choirs, attend yearly clinics by professional musicians and have the opportunity to take private instrumental lessons. 8
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Middle School Chorus, 2017
Did you know the Campus Store was originally a barn used to stall horses and cattle? The School turned the barn into a multifaceted facility and since then it's been a locker room, a cafeteria and an art room. Today, the store is filled with your favorite BL apparel, gift items, school supplies, and, of course, snacks. Stop by for a visit and stock up on your Laker gear!
The School Store today
Laker Trivia Impress your friends with these lesser-known tidbits of Laker history!
In 1994 the Julian S. Smith Bridge was completed, and for the first time since Boys’ Latin moved to Lake Avenue in 1960 the north and south sides of the campus were connected. The term one school was now true not only in philosophy but also in geography. Students no longer had to navigate Lake Avenue traffic and crossing from one side to the other became part of BL students' daily routine.
A YEAR OF ANNIVERSARIES
This year will be the 15th summer that the Boys’ Latin campus is busy with enrichment activities through its Middle Grades Partnership Program (MGP). MGP supports collaboration between public and independent schools, providing summer learning opportunities for academically promising Baltimore City students. Boys’ Latin students can learn alongside students from City Springs Elementary/Middle School and our upper school students serve as mentors.
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IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE
Laker Buddies, one of BL’s most popular clubs since its inception in 2008, brings together upper and lower school students. At the start of the year, “big brothers” pair with new “little brothers,” forge friendships that last the duration of the school year – and sometimes longer. “I love building connections,” says four-year Laker Buddy Chase Bailey ’18, “Seeing how they grow and helping them with their work is a ton of fun.” #brothersforlife
In 2013, Boys’ Latin began our relationship with the One Love Foundation whose mission is to educate young people about healthy relationships and inspire them to become leaders of change. BL’s One Love Club, established in 2014, was the first of its kind at any independent school. Each year, the club sponsors numerous events across campus culminating in our annual, school-wide One Laker | One Love Day.
YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME
A REMARKABLE TRADITION
At one time, BL’s graduation ceremony looked much like that of any other high school. “There is nothing wrong with a traditional ceremony,” says Headmaster Chris Post, “but I couldn’t help but wonder how our Commencement could reflect the care and individual attention we provide our students.” In 2011, Headmaster Post added personalized comments about each graduate. The addition was an instant hit.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE? NO QUESTION.
Esse quam videri (to be, rather than to seem) has been our School motto since 1894 when we first became The Boys’ Latin School of Baltimore and continues to be the most wellknown saying on Lake Avenue. The motto is fitting with our core values of courage, compassion, and integrity, setting a standard of authenticity and humility. Beyond what seems sufficient to others, Lakers seek deeper insights, make harder decisions and, ultimately, have a greater impact. Each student is uniquely known, cherished and loved for who he is and is encouraged to be his best, true self.
AND ALL THAT JAZZ
The Boys’ Latin Jazz Band was started over 10 years ago as a small rock group and today is the Jazz Ensemble, one of the most highly regarded groups on campus. The boys work extremely hard, learn various styles of music and even learn some music theory. The Jazz band performs at our winter and spring concerts and are often asked to perform at special events, such as the BL Open House, the NAIS Convention in Baltimore in 2017, and our graduation ceremony.
HANDS ON LEARNING
Boys' Latin was founded by Princeton Classics Professor Evert Marsh Topping who believed that the best education for boys happened when they were actively engaged in their learning. Those principles still hold true today—we know boys learn best by doing. That's why we focus on experiential, hands-on learning that involves action and prepares boys for real-world challenges.
A "TIED" & TRUE TRADITION Once upon a time the lower school dress code dictated a dress shirt and tie beginning in third grade. That gave way to the present code of a BL logo shirt. When exploring ideas for a “rite of passage” for our fifth grade boys we decided on an event involving the boys and their dads. This became the Father/Son Breakfast, during which the boys receive a Boys’ Latin School tie, which they wear each Wednesday for the rest of the year. This is the fifth grade's most cherished and anticipated tradition. BOYSLATINMD.COM
LAKERS FOR LIFE. LITERALLY.
Recognition is given to a group of seniors called “Ab Initio Nobiscum” which means “With us from the beginning.” Otherwise known as “Lifers,” they are a special group of Lakers who spend 12-14 years as a student at BL. It goes without saying that they quite literally grew up on Lake Avenue. There are also Laker Legacies who have two, three, and even four generations that attend(ed) Boys’ Latin. Mac Kennedy, Director of Alumni Relations once said, “The greatest gift an alumnus can give to the School is that of his own son.”
WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME?
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!
Something that is incredibly special about Boys’ Latin is the number of alumni who return to School as a faculty member, staff member, or a coach. There are currently 16 alumni working at BL, but there have been scores of alumni who have returned to campus since our doors first opened in 1844. It is a unique experience for an alum to return to campus and suddenly your teachers have become your colleagues.
Lakers have chowed down in all manner of surroundings, beginning in Brevard Street’s basement cafeteria lit with just a few, bare lightbulbs. When we arrived on Lake Avenue there was no formal dining area so we turned the stable house (now the school store) into the cafeteria. Today students enjoy a great selection of breakfast and lunch in the beautiful Charles T. Bauer Commons
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LIONS & TIGERS & LAKERS, OH MY!
WATCH OUT R2D2!
Throughout the years, the Lakers have adapted to all types of athletic facilities. Did you know that the lower field used to have a stream running through it? Or that the lacrosse team held practices at the zoo? And in 1961, the basketball team won a championship without a gym! It turns out that real athletes can play anywhere.
Robotics is serious business at BL. In 2001, Boys' Latin middle school had an early entry into robotics by participating in the Teams Robotics competition hosted by Johns Hopkins University. Continuous competition began in 2008 with the upper school team participating in the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC). Today students from 3rd through 12th grade participate in our robotics program. Every year, members of the robotics teams work countless hours to create and program a robot that will compete at regional, and hopefully, world competitions. At BL, faculty and students would agree, robotics is a varsity sport.
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS!
As you arrive at any BL athletic event, you wonder, what’s all that noise? You soon realize that it is a sea of students in maroon & white, cheering on fellow classmates. To say that most schools have a great student section may be true, but the Boys’ Latin student section is a symbol of community and the biggest BL fan is Mark Warns. Mark has been attending BL games for over a decade and he is known and loved by all.
A HISTORY OF MILITARY SERVICE
Boys’ Latin has a long and rich history of military service and tradition. Over the years a number of our graduates have gone on to study at various military academies and numerous alumni have fought for our country. In 2017, thanks to gracious donors, our Military History Museum opened and today is regarded as one of the premier military history museums in the state. The museum was founded by and is curated by longtime history teacher and honorary alumnus, Butch Maisel.
OH THE COLLEGES WE'LL GO!
Our students officially begin the college process in the ninth grade and follow a carefully designed road map with their college counselors supporting them every step of the way. The results speak for themselves. Not only do Boys’ Latin students attend top colleges and universities, but the array of schools is a reflection of their varied interests, talents and experiences. #collegebound
USING OUR NOODLES
The first edition of the Inkwell was printed in 1915, and has remained the School's newspaper for over 100 years. Three former editors-in-chief have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes: Hanson Baldwin ’20, Murry Kempton ’34, and Rick Wartzman ’83. Did you know that alumnus Alexander K. Barton class of 1910 was a Rhodes Scholar? Each year the Alexander K. Barton Award is given to a junior of strong character, high ideals and effective moral leadership.
Otis Read '55 began his career at BL in 1957 coaching the 130-pound six-man football team. Otis Read truly did it all; he taught English, history, biology, science, directed summer school, coached JV and varsity basketball, JV football and JV lacrosse, served as assistant varsity lacrosse coach, headed the middle school for 30 years and was the Associate Headmaster of Facilities. In 2012 Otis was named a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his 52 years of service to the School. Otis passed in December of 2012 and is greatly missed.
When Boys’ Latin moved from Brevard Street to Lake Avenue in 1960, it was more than just a change of scenery, it was a change of identity. Boys’ Latin students and athletes went from being known as the “Latinists” to the “Lakers” and we remain so proudly to this day.
HEADMASTER CAREY'S LIBRARY
Descendants of the Carey Family donated over 200 books to Boys’ Latin, many of which belonged to Boys Latin’s longtime Headmaster George Gibson Carey (Headmaster from 1864- 1894). Our museum curator class has been busy cleaning and organizing the books in preparation for their permanent home in the original Williams Hall Library.
"Good afternoon Mr. Post, faculty and fellow Lakers." These words mark the opening to every senior speech. Delivering a senior speech has long been a rite of passage for seniors. Roughly once a week, groups of two to four seniors are called upon to deliver their speeches in front of a packed Student Commons, which can be both nerve-wracking and exhilarating. While smartphones can do almost anything, technology will never replace a personally delivered speech. 14
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A WINNING TRADITION
Over the years, BL has accrued 17 football, 15 basketball, 10 lacrosse, 8 six-man football, 6 baseball, 5 golf, 4 volleyball, 4 cross country, and 3 ice-hockey championships. Wow! Arthur Poe '96, a Princeton University graduate, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. Brian Kowitz '87 was a member of the 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves and is the only alumnus to have earned a World Series ring. Numerous BL lacrosse players have gone on to play professionally. But it's not just the titles and awards that make BL athletes stand out, it’s the grit, teamwork, and sportsmanship they display on and off the field.
HUT, HUT, HIKE!
Matilda “Tillie” Woodward worked at Boys’ Latin for twenty-six years and was the first female coach of a handful of female coaches BL has had over the years. Tillie started her career at BL in 1954 and over the years served many roles including lower school art teacher, directing the Christmas production, school librarian, and coaching lower school football—it is doubtful there has ever been a female football coach at another boys’ school. Tilly was firm but fair, but most of all loved the boys.
The Sheridan Studio was two years in the making and officially opened in 2000. A small committee of faculty visited all the local college theatres and decided to model our current Black Box theatre after a British style theatre they saw at Towson University. Nineteen years later this flexible, modular space is still used every day for class meetings, rehearsals, upper school and middle school productions and even a senior directed show.
IPSO FACTO, WE LIKE TO SING
IT'S A SMALL WORLD
BL has renewed its efforts to bring international students to campus. There are currently three international students in the upper school, Brandon Wu ’19, Alan Wang ’20 and HoonSeo Kim '21. Also, this fall BL played host to a soccer team from New Zealand. There are plans to increase the number of international students in the coming years and a new exchange program with schools in Australia and New Zealand is planned for 2019-2020. #globallearning
I DIDN'T CATCH YOUR NAME?
During George C. Carey’s headmastership, from 1864 -1894, the school was named The Carey School for Boys. After the death of then Headmaster George G. Carey in 1894, the School became The Boys' Latin School of Baltimore. However, from 1894 -1917 Boys' Latin was run and owned by Headmaster James Dunham and during his tenure and even years after his death BL was often referred to as Dunhams. In 1960, the school incorporated as a non-profit and officially became The Boys' Latin School of Maryland.
The BL chorus began in 1962 by then Assistant Headmaster Brett Boocock. It started out as a relatively small group but quickly became one of the largest organizations in the upper school. The following year a small singing group - eight of the best singers formed a group called the Ipso Factos. The Ipso Factos even recorded an album which is located in the Alumni House. Singing groups at BL remain strong and vibrant on campus today. BOYSLATINMD.COM
Student Body President Blake Shepherd '19
FEATURES Each day, as lunch ends, student body president Blake Shepherd ’19 is charged with settling his peers in the Upper School as he leads the daily assembly and announcements. As soon as Blake approaches the podium, his peers respond to his call for quiet, which is kind and calm, without the least hint of impatience. If he seems comfortable in this role, it’s because he has plenty of experience. In addition to serving as a class officer for the past three years, he spends his summers working as a counselor at Camp Skylemar in Maine. (For ten years, he was also a camper at Skylemar, which his family owns and operates.) At camp, Blake leads groups of eight and nineyear-olds, many of whom are away from home for the first time. While there are obvious differences between the job descriptions of counselor and student body president, he sees some important similarities, too. “It's really just all about caring for the people I'm responsible for,” he says, “I've found that all kids like being listened to, feeling appreciated, and knowing they're cared for. While I found these realizations in a cabin in Maine, it's the same at a school like ours.” In addition to his experience as a camp counselor, the Leadership class, taught by Mr. Morrissey and Mr. Dagenais, helped to influence Blake’s style of leadership. “It really showed me how I can make a difference through interactions and intentional actions,” he reflected.
Blake Shepherd ’19
Winston Chodnicki ’19, Blake’s classmate since the start of ninth grade, can attest to his friend’s skill as a leader. “He is very genuine so it is easy for people to tell that he always has their best interest in mind when he makes decisions,” says Winston, “He also does a very good job of making everyone feel appreciated so many kids are willing to open up to him.” Undoubtedly, Blake’s enthusiastic involvement in extra-curricular activities has helped him to make connections with his peers. During his tenure at BL, he has lettered twice in lacrosse, three times in soccer, and four times in ice hockey. In hockey, he earned the Most Improved Award in his ninth grade year and the Most Spirited Award last year. (He won the same award in soccer, as well.) This year, he demonstrated that spirit by creating amusing player profiles of his teammates, and displaying them on television screens in the Student Commons, the day of a big game.
along with his classmates Andrew Cohen ’19 and Xander Mtimet ‘19, he represented one third of BL’s formidable “It’s Academic” team. To top it off, Blake serves as an academic tutor to his peers. Recognizing his leadership and potential, last year, Blake won the prestigious Alexander K. Barton ‘10 Award, given each year to a junior of “strong character, high ideals, and effective moral leadership,” as well as the award for excellence in Spanish. He was also a semi-finalist in the statewide Black History Month Oratory Competition. In a high school career full of success and triumph, it is a sorrowful moment, however, that Blake says will stick with him the longest after he graduates. After the passing of his classmate Mattheu Thomas ’19 in January, Blake had the opportunity to address his peers. With tears welling in his – and everyone else’s – eyes, he spoke about Mattheu’s courage, especially during the final months before his passing. And he urged every Laker to embrace his neighbor, and to offer words of support and solidarity. “I do think that among all this heartache is such beauty,“ he said afterward, “This is the first time I've ever lost someone so close to me, which has really been painful, but being around a group that loves each other this much makes me so incredibly proud.” Blake heads off to college this fall. At present, he’s still undecided, but is leaning towards a small liberal arts school. He leaves behind an impressive legacy as a confident leader, a stellar student, and most importantly, a genuine, down-to-earth friend. Carmen Clark, his Spanish teacher for two years, will be among the many students and faculty who will miss his presence. “He is the type of student every school wants to engage,” she says, “A brilliant young man with multiple talents who cares about others. He is undeniably an exceptional role model for our younger students.”
Blake’s involvement runs beyond athletics and student government. During his sophomore and junior years, he served as one of the principle student directors of the Jewish Awareness Club. This year,
“He is very genuine, so it is easy for people to tell that he always has their best interest in mind when he makes decisions.” Blake Shepherd '19 addresses the student body. 16
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Preserving BL's Rich History It surprises many students to learn that Mr. Maisel, one of our school’s longest tenured and most well-respected teachers, did not attend Boys’ Latin as a student. Students assume that he must have since he’s taught at Boys’ Latin for nearly 40 years and served in so many different capacities. As it happens, Mr. Maisel is a graduate of McDonogh School, class of 1972, but his time on Lake Avenue far exceeds that time spent at his alma mater. In his tenure, Mr. Maisel has worn just about every hat a teacher can wear. He has taught several different history classes, including electives in his areas of expertise: U.S. Military History, Maryland History, and Museum Curatorship. He has served as the history department chair, a member of the admissions committee and, even for a time, as a physical education teacher. He has likely coached more combined seasons than any other coach in BL’s history, including thirty-one seasons of JV and varsity baseball, thirty-six seasons of JV and varsity soccer and thirty-five years of varsity ice hockey. He even boasts of having scored the first official goal in the history of BL’s hockey team, as he and the coach from Gilman were allowed to compete in BL’s first game due to both teams’ lack of players. For his many contributions to the school, Mr. Maisel was named an honorary alumnus in 2009. In the end, his most lasting legacy might be the creation of the Center for Military History. Mr. Maisel reflected that the Center is his longtime passion project. For more than twenty years, he worked to make his dream a reality. “We encountered all kinds of problems over the years,” he says, “Not enough space, no insurance, zoning problems.” Founded with his son, Captain Chris Maisel ’04, the museum space and classroom were opened in early 2017, and houses a portion of his extensive military history collection. In fact, Mr. Maisel has said that his collection “is large enough to fill monthly rotating exhibits for years to come.” The Center for Military History occupies an area in Sinclair Hall that was once part of the upper school cafeteria.
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Butch Maisel H'09 founded BL's Military History Museum.
FALL SPORTS wrap-up
Maisel hosting an Upper School class in the museum
Headmaster Chris Post recalls that “Through the generosity of several benefactors, we were able to build this one-of-a-kind space which honors the contributions and legacy of those who serve our nation. The Center for Military History provides us with a handson experience for students in history and historiography, under the leadership of one of our very best faculty members.” Once construction was complete, Mr. Maisel and his son set out to create displays and exhibits which span over 200 years of American military history. In many cases, the displays feature subjects who are alumni or are related to the larger Boys’ Latin and Baltimore community. The museum’s opening was marked with a cocktail reception, but, to Mr. Maisel, the more important event was the International Boys’ School Conference (IBSC), which BL hosted in June of 2017. “We got a ton of traffic from all the visiting teachers and administrators,” he recalls, “That felt like the real opening to me.” The Center for Military History continues to thrive, and Mr. Maisel continues to give tours and deliver presentations to BL groups and visitors alike. Meanwhile, he keeps plenty busy with his other job: coordinator and curator of the BL Archives. Located in the old senior lounge, the archives are chock full of old pictures, building plans, newspapers, and other miscellanea. “It’s going to take at least a couple of years to collate and organize,” says Mr. Maisel. Luckily, he is aided in his endeavors by Tommy Hurley ’19 and Evan Taliaferro ’19, the two students in his museum curatorship class. At the moment, they are creating official records for each of the more than three hundred World War I veterans who attended BL. “He’s like no other teacher I’ve had during my time at BL,” says Tommy, “[The items in his collection] are so 20
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“He's like no other teacher I've had during my time at BL.” valuable, yet he says he will never sell them because he wants them to be preserved, displayed, and used to educate, rather than being hidden away in a collection. This is an example of his dedication to not only military history but also to educating others about this field that he is so passionate about.” Aside from his wife Janet, who works in the libraries of all three divisions, the person on campus who knows Mr. Maisel best is French teacher Terry Howell. The two of them joined the faculty in 1981 and, together, they are the longest tenured teachers in the upper school. Madame Howell reflects that Mr. Maisel’s teaching style has remained consistent throughout the years: “Immediately, he established himself as a caring, but no-nonsense instructor. I am willing to guarantee his students knew he ‘meant business’ in terms of their decorum, adherence to rules and regulations, and academic performance in his class.” But decorum and fun are not mutually exclusive. “Butch's students enjoy themselves in his classes,” says Madame, “and in the end, they are truly grateful.” It may well take Mr. Maisel a few more years to get through BL’s archives, but he has already earned a place in its history.
CROSS COUNTRY Coach Lisa Reid
Led by Captains Blake Hall ’19 and Xander Mtimet ’19, a young Laker team covered over 2100 miles this fall in an impressive campaign. Sam McGinley ‘21 led the way with a 17:30 season best over 5000 meters, while Freshmen Sam Macris (17:33) and Liam McClure (17:36) weren’t far behind. McGinley also ran 18:48 to break the BL Varsity 5K course record. Freshmen Gabe Johnson (18:22) and Will Beckford (18:27) rounded out the regular scorers for BL. Barclay Reith ‘22 was named the squad’s Most Improved Runner after dropping his personal best from 33:05 early in the season to 20:44 en route to a 14th place finish in the JV race at the MIAA Championship meet at McDaniel College. The JV team placed 5th overall in our conference, proving that our young, developing team has the potential to be a serious contender over the next three years.
Coach Ritchie Schell A 4-6 season (3-3 in conference) for varsity football was marked by brilliant moments, but unfortunately, injuries plagued the team throughout the fall. The Captains, running back Josh Pugh ’19 and free safety Gio Biggers ’19, stood out, as did Jyair Thomas ‘19. Linebacker Kevin Davis ‘19 paced the defense with 106 tackles, with Biggers and Justin Waters ‘20 registering 77 and 54, respectively. Josh Jones ‘20 and JT Morton ‘20 each had
three sacks, and in the secondary, safety Carlos Davis ’19 picked off four passes. Offensively Pugh carried the ball 132 times for 720 yards, while Nick Lizana ’19 had 20 receptions for 357 yards and a touchdown. The boys proved to be a resilient group and worked to improve throughout the season. With many members of a successful JV moving up, the team looks to make more noise in the Fall of 2019 A special shout out to the JV Squad who clinched the B Conference Championship with their 18-14 victory over St. Paul’s. Quarterback Dom Pietramala ’22 was brilliant, and Captains Jason Skidmore ‘21, Malachi Rice ‘21, and Drew Klima ’21 led the team to a 5-1 record in conference play in what was truly a magical season.
VOLLEYBALL Coach Lon Engel
The varsity volleyball team had strong leaders in Senior Captains Ari Wister and Connor Stevens. While their 7-10 record was not reflective of their level of competitive play, their performance against Gilman, the eventual conference champion, was impressive. In two of the three matches the Lakers played against the Greyhounds, BL took games off of them including taking two games they eventually lost in extra points. The Lakers also swept archrival St. Paul’s twice. Juniors Michael Foster (setter) and Jordan Brooks (libero) stood out alongside Wister (outside hitter) and Stevens (right side hitter). Seniors Kwaku Akkufo, Josh Butler, and Andrew Grover contributed despite never having played volleyball before. The team improved throughout the season but unfortunately did not have quite enough to defeat Gilman in the playoffs. While the team will be graduating seven players, the five
returners will look to combine with several players moving up from the JV for a successful 2019.
Coach Aaron Urban-Zukerberg The varsity soccer team had an incredible season, falling just short of achieving their goal of winning the championship. The boys finished the season with a conference record of 14-1-1 to earn the top seed going into the playoffs. Overall, the team finished 14-4-2, which included a 2-2 draw against Christ’s College from New Zealand in an International Friendly Competition during Fall Festival. Hosting the boys from New Zealand was a highlight of a season. Much of the team’s success can be attributed to the leadership of senior captains, Blake Shepherd, Jared Tankersley, Louis Marchese, and Harold Loyd, on and off the field. Blake was the heart and soul of the team, Jared was one of the team’s most consistent players, Louis anchored the defense, and Harold controlled the tempo of the game. Sam Grace ‘19 was a strong contributor and was the team’s second-leading scorer with 7 goals. The future is bright on Lake Avenue for this young team, as eight of the team's starters were underclassmen. Next year this talented team will be moving up to the A conference, and we can’t wait to see what they can achieve. The JV squad, under the direction of head coach Michael Thomas, played strong and wrapped up the season at 12-1-1. The Lakers secured a #2 seed in the playoffs, but fell to the Friends School in the championship game. This year’s roster was loaded with talent, including Riar Schell, Pierce Rubin, Harry Hinkle, Braden McClure, Liam Hescox, Jack Fishel and Matt Barger.
Stephen Black '13, Josh Woodson '11, Alan-Michael Carter '11, Jill Trupia, Justin Hill '11 and Darren Willoughby '13
58th Annual Bull & Oyster Roast Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Boys’ Latin Bull & Oyster Roast on November 17. The event has come along way since, the first Bull & Oyster Roast tool place 59 years ago on the side gardens of the Llewellyn estate, now known as Williams Hall. Less than 75 people attended and the event was mainly a "friend-raiser" to introduce the Boys’ Latin community to the new school campus here on Lake Avenue.
Danielle Robinson-Jones, Paige Jones and Georgianna Dubin
This year, over 800 members of the Boys’ Latin Community came together to enjoy great food, a silent auction, reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones. Co-sponsored by the Boys’ Latin Alumni Association and the Boys’ Latin Parents’ Association, The Bull & Oyster Roast had banner fundraising year, with every dollar going to the School to benefit today's Lakers.
Pat Crouse, Chris Post, Amie Post and Mindy Rosen
Special thank you to Brian Rudick ’87, president of the Alumni Association; Deb Wood, president of the Parents’ Association; and parents Monica Levine, Melissa Schechter, Stephanie Radebaugh, Danielle Miller, and Julia Nickles Bryan. These individuals, along with scores of alumni and parent volunteers, worked diligently to manage every single detail of the event, from organizing the silent auction to facilitating the raffles. The Bull Roast planning committee is already looking forward to next year and is planning a special 60th Anniversary Celebration!
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Kim Kennedy and Keith Scroggins '73
Evan Taliaferro '19, Andrew Daly '19 and Jack Sutton'19
It was the first day of school: students arrived on campus excited to see their friends, meet their teachers, and jump into new activities. Maybe, just maybe, they were a little sad that summer had come to an end; however, the boys soon realized that today was going to be different. The campus was adorned with banners and signs commemorating our 175th Anniversary, and, little did the students know, a celebration like no other was planned for the first day of school. The day began with Opening Convocation, and, unbeknownst to anyone, Headmaster Post had supplied members of the class of 2019 with noisemakers to share with their little buddies – boys in Kindergarten, Prefirst and 1st grade – to celebrate the School’s birthday. Followed Opening Convocation, the entire school gathered on the middle school field to form a giant “175”. If that wasn’t enough, we held three, yes three, lunchtime birthday parties—one for each division—including cake and cupcakes, 175th Anniversary stickers, and the boys joining Mr. Post in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday Boys’ Latin.” We will continue to mark our 175th Anniversary throughout the year in multiple ways across campus and are looking forward to Mr. Post teaching a lesson on Boys’ Latin history to students in all divisions. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 175th Homecoming Celebration on May 3rd and 4th. The weekend begins with the Orioles game on Friday night, the Alumni Association Awards Luncheon on Saturday, followed by varsity lacrosse taking on Gilman, and culminating in the 175th Anniversary Reunion Cocktail Party. The entire Boys’ Latin community is invited—we hope you can join us!
Nothing says 175th Anniversary like swag! Magnets, stickers, and banners adorn our campus, our cars, our laptops, and our lockers! #lakerpride #BL175
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Dr. Stephen E. Wright '69 was BL's first graduate of color
CAMPUS NEWS This year marks not only our beloved School’s 175th Anniversary but also the 50th anniversary of Boys’ Latin’s first black graduate, Dr. Stephen E. Wright, Class of 1969. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, the Alumni Association’s IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) planned a 50th Anniversary Celebration. On February 7, 2019, almost 200 members of the Boys’ Latin community gathered in the Alumni House to honor Boys’ Latin black alumni and pay tribute to both Dr. Wright and French teacher Madame Terry Howell, who has given Boys’ Latin 38 years of dedicated service. Stephen Wright first set foot on the Boys’ Latin campus in the summer of 1966 as a sophomore. Wright thrived academically, socially, and athletically. He participated in a variety of clubs, earned five varsity letters, and served as captain of the basketball team his junior year. In June of 1969, Stephen’s graduation made him the first black alumnus in the history of our School. Stephen is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, one of BL’s highest honors; additionally, he is currently a member of our Board of Trustees. Stephen is grateful for the time he spent on Lake Avenue, and Boys’ Latin is richer for having him in our community. As a school, we are filled with gratitude that he opened doors for so many young men to follow.
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Boys' Latin Black Alumni
In the fall of 1981, Terry Howell arrived at Boys’ Latin. Terry, or Madame, as her students call her, was one of only two female teachers in the upper school and the sole teacher of color among the entire Boys’ Latin faculty. Terry has embraced the many roles she has played and the opportunities she has been given on Lake Avenue through the years, but she is most thankful to be part of such a warm and vibrant community. On the evening of the celebration, Terry closed by saying “I am profoundly grateful to be in this place and to experience the love you’ve all shown me throughout my career here. Thank you!”
Terry Howell speaks after being recognized for 38 years of service at BL
We will be forever grateful for the impact Stephen and Terry have made both on our community and in the lives of so many boys and young men. Thank you to everyone who attended this historic event; it was indeed a remarkable example of our community living out our motto, Esse Quam Videri.
As a school, we are filled with gratitude that Dr. Wright opened doors for so many young men to follow. Chris Post, Dr. Stephen Wright '69, and Alan-Michael Carter '11
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Dyson P. Ehrhardt '59 There is no doubt Boys’ Latin School is a better place because of Dyson Ehrhardt. BL is celebrating its 175th birthday this academic year, and Dyson has been around for 67 of those years. Dyson Ehrhardt entered Boys’ Latin in 1952 as a fifth grader. And he has been involved with the School ever since. In 1962, he returned to BL as a teacher and coach. Dyson was the assistant lacrosse coach under Mace LeBrun and helped guide the Lakers to their first two lacrosse championships here on Lake Avenue in 1964 and 1966. During the period of 1962-1966, Dyson helped coach BL to an astounding 44-4 record. In 1968, Dyson left Boys’ Latin and was then named President of the Boys’ Latin Alumni Association. In 1970, he returned to Lakerland and has remained here ever since. During the past 49 years, he has served in many capacities including Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of Admissions and Associate Headmaster for Development. He was the head coach of the varsity lacrosse teams in 1973 and 1974, leading the Lakers to the championship game in 1974. In 2006, he was inducted into BL’s Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2007 was named a BL Distinguished Alumnus.
Dyson P. Ehrhardt '59
Hugh E. Gelston '56
J. Keith Scroggins '73
In so many ways, Dyson and Boys’ Latin are one and the same. It is hard to think of one without the other, and, perhaps, that is why many have come to consider him affectionately as “Mr. Boys’ Latin.” There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the School and for the BL family. His compassion for and mentoring of countless Lakers for countless years have endeared him to all of his fellow alumni. As a graduate of Boys’ Latin, Dyson has distinguished himself in many ways, but most notably in ways that have benefited BL for these 67 years. His contributions to the school are immeasurable and Boys’ Latin will forever be grateful for the dedication and devotion of this Distinguished Alumnus. He remains to this day “Mr. BL.”
Hugh E. Gelston '56
Our special 175th anniversary edition of Laker Stories features alumni who are central to Boys' Latin's history.
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“Snuffy” Gelston also coached the varsity cross country, varsity soccer and varsity golf teams. He retired just over two years ago from coaching the middle school soccer and basketball teams here at Boys’ Latin. His 2016 six-grade basketball team went undefeated, with a perfect 12-0 record. In 2008, he was inducted into the Boys’ Latin Athletic Hall of Fame and, in 2016, he was named a Boys’ Latin School Distinguished Alumnus. His two sons are also BL graduates: Trey, from the Class of 1988, and Kelby, a member of the Class of 1990. Coach Gelston is a great mentor, teacher, coach and friend. He has influenced hundreds of Lakers through his six decades here on Lake Avenue, with his calm yet firm demeanor. He has made BL a better place for all.
J. Keith Scroggins '73 James Keith Scroggins came to Boys’ Latin in the fall of 1969 as a freshman. He was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball and lacrosse. He dropped lacrosse after playing on the freshman team to focus on football and basketball. He played two years on the varsity football and basketball teams, ran one season of crosscountry, and was selected as a member of the varsity club both his junior and senior years. Keith was a reserve on Hugh Gelston’s 1971-1972 championship basketball team, a team that had a record of 23-2 and is considered by many to be one of BL’s best basketball teams ever. Keith scored 99 points in his two-year career for the Lakers. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Keith had a long and successful career with the City of Baltimore. He served in a variety of administrative positions, including Chief of Human Resources, Head of the Bureau of Transportation, and Head of the Bureau of General Services, all in the Department of Public Works.
Hugh E. “Snuffy” Gelston has given his entire adult life to Boys’ Latin School. He first became affiliated with BL as a post-graduate student in the fall of 1955. His favorite sport was – of course – basketball! He also played on the 1955 six man football team and was named 1st team All-Metropolitan, Six Man Football as a defensive back. On the basketball court, he was the starting guard for the Latinist team, which finished in second place in the Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) private school league.
He retired from the City after serving twenty-four years and, in June of 2006, began working for the City Schools as Chief Operating Officer. Keith retired (again) last year.
After graduating from BL, Snuffy attended The University of the South (Sewanee) and earned five varsity letters – four in basketball and one in cross country. He was captain of two of his Sewanee basketball teams and was President of the Sewanee Varsity Club.
He has been returning to campus for decades watching Laker varsity teams play. His brothers were also Lakers. Rodney ’74, Mark ’75, and Kevin ’77 all wore Maroon and White on varsity teams. His nephew, Jason, graduated in 2008 from BL after a great career on the varsity basketball team.
He returned to BL in the fall of 1965 as a teacher and coach, where he remained for the next 50 plus years.
In 1969, he became the varsity basketball coach and was the School’s Athletic Director from 1972 to 2002. Coach Gelston guided the Laker basketball program for 29 years, winning 474 games and 7 championships before retiring in 1998.
Keith is one of Boys’ Latin’s most loyal supporters, and he has never really left BL. He is one of those alumni who seems to “always be there” supporting his alma mater with his time and support of various BL causes.
Keith is a past Trustee of Boys’ Latin and was the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. BOYSLATINMD.COM
Homecoming 2019 Homecoming 2019 will be a weekend you won’t want to miss. The weekend will include an Orioles game, a complimentary luncheon, a lacrosse game versus Gilman, and a 175th Anniversary Cocktail Party. What could be better?
2019 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
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• Ron Spahn '58, • Jimmy Brooks '73 • Kyle Gore '80
2019 HONORARY ALUMNI • Bill Dingledine • David Ward • Eileen Wilcox
HODGES CUP RECIPIENT
JACK KERNS CLEARLY EVIDENT AWARD • Butch Maisel H'09
RALEIGH BRENT '44 AWARD • Headmaster Chris Post
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Dave Noble '54 and David Meese '55 are both living in the Charleston, South Carolina area and periodically meet for lunch. Dave reports there were "lots of stories, laughter, and reminiscences for sure!"
Save the Date for May 3 & 4
The following individuals will be recognized for their service and dedication to Boys’ Latin during Friday's Homecoming Luncheon:
• Bill Berndt '54
A Championship to Remember On May 22, 1964, nearly 55 years ago, the Boys' Latin Lakers met Poly for the Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) “A” Conference championship at Norris Field in Mount Washington. BL went into the game as the heavy favorite. It was BL’s first time playing for the title since losing to Gilman 7-6 in 1947. Ron Regan '64 and Bob Carter '64 both remembered how much they longed for this day. They along with goalie Butch Hilliard '64 talked of winning a championship ever since they were in the middle school together on Brevard Street. Their chance had finally arrived.
It was hot at game time and in front of 5,000 fans, the Lakers defeated Poly, 10-5. Carter led the goal scoring for BL with three goals while Billy Thomas '64 and Tom Peace '65 each chipped in with two goals. However, it was Ron Regan, who was the point leader of the game with one goal and four assists. Dave Boyd '65 starred on defense holding Poly’s second-leading scorer to just two first-half goals. The 1964 MSA lacrosse champions, arguably one of BL's best teams ever, were coached by Mace LeBrun and Dyson Ehrhardt '59. Ron Regan led the Lakers and the state of Maryland in scoring. Hilliard, Carter, Thomas and Boyd along with Regan were all named to the first team All-Metro squads.
ABOVE: In November Boys’ Latin honored its seventh class of Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. The Class of 2018 included: The 1964 Lacrosse Team, Doug Cooper ’70, Jim Kennedy ’73, Jim Talbert ’76, Pat Finn ’77, Mark Strohman ’77, Wes McGregor ’79, Dick Gaines ’82, Doug Sharretts ’87, Jeff Szczypinski ’88, Chris Turner ’95 and Jason Leneau ’98. RIGHT: The Alumni Soccer team lost to the varsity soccer team last August, 2-1. It looked like the game was heading into a shoot-out but the younger Lakers scored with less than five minutes to go to secure the win. Matt Melnick '01 scored the lone Alumni goal on a penalty kick. After the game, goalkeeper Matt Tielsch '02 (pictured below with Alumni Head Coach Butch Maisel H'09) was named the Butch Maisel MVP of the game. Matt had three terrific saves - two late in the game to keep the game close.
ABOVE: The "Odd" years in maroon defeated the "Even" years in white, 78-64. It was the third win in a row for "odd" team coach Lou Fritz '77 over coach Todd Guntner '72 and his "even" squad. Both teams are pictured behind Dyson Ehrhardt '59 and Hugh Gelston '56. All three
of the Rees brothers played in the game and are pictured with their father, head varsity basketball coach Cliff Rees. (l-r) Spencer Rees '16, a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, coach Rees, Casey Rees '13, USNA graduate, and Matt Rees '12, also a USNA graduate. Casey and Matt are currently on ships stationed in Norfolk.
BELOW: The Maroon faced-off against the White last week at the Mt. Pleasant Ice Rink. Chris Maisel '04 led the Maroon team with five goals in the 7-2 win over the White squad. John Buttner '80 and Joe Celentano '15 each scored solo tallies. Butch Maisel H'09 chipped in with two assists.
ABOVE: Bill May '60 is living in Orange County and on July 20 threw out the first pitch in a Los Angeles Angels game. Bill did not indicate what type of pitch he threw but reports are that the pitch was a solid strike that tipped the radar gun at a high undisclosed speed. Bill continues to serve on BL's Board of Trustees. Members of the 1964 and 1974 lacrosse teams, along with around 50 from the BL Laker family, gathered at the home of Mary B. and Myrt Gaines '74 last summer in Chestertown, MD. BELOW: Bob Carter '64 was featured on the Inside Philanthropy last summer. The article chronicled Bob's career, which actually started in the fall of 1968 as an English instructor and football and lacrosse coach here at Boys' Latin.
Class Notes BELOW: Jim Stieff '70 (pictured left) writes that he ran into Tim Gilbert '70 (right) during the Octoberfest festival in Berlin, MD. Tim lives in Whaleyville, MD which was founded by Jim's relatives. Jim's middle name is Whaley and his granddaughter's name is Catherine Whaley Leonard.
BELOW: Bert Waters '71 (left) and Bill Jabine '71 (right) hooked up in Portland, Maine last fall. Bill has been living there with his wife Debbie and their daughter, whose wedding they celebrated in October. For years Bill has worked in his CPA practice in Portland.
BELOW: The family of Brandon Gaines '72 gathered this winter to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Gaines brothers from the Class of 2007. Pictured (l-r) Brandon, Dylan Gaines '15, Colin Gaines '07, Linda Gaines, Jeff Gaines '07, and Alex Gaines '07.
Bill Kaestner '74 coached a team in the 26th Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic last August. RIGHT: Charlie Stieff '74 (pictured right) was playing golf late last summer at the Somerset Hills Golf Course in Bernardsville, NJ and ran into Danny Murphy '13 (pictured left), who is the assistant golf pro at the course. Danny is a classmate of Charlie's son Spencer Stieff '13. Danny is a graduate of Penn State University. Spencer, a graduate of the University of Virginia, is currently living and working in Baltimore. BELOW: Lou Fritz '77 donated the pictured plaque in loving memory of his mother and father and it is now mounted in the Gelston Athletic Center. It reads in Latin: "Athletica Scholae Puerorum Latinae: Tum, Nunc, Perpetuo" (Boys' Latin Athletics: Then, Now, Forever.) Most BL teams will pass the plaque on the way to the athletic fields or to the gym floor above. It is hoped that a new tradition will begin and that each Laker will tap the plaque prior to stepping on the field/floor
Jerome Featherstone '03 won his first fight in MMA action last October at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. Several BL alumni came to watch the bout.
Charley Toomey '86 was named to the Class of 2019 of Chesapeake Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Chris Turner '95 is the Publisher of "Lutherville-Timonium Living". His magazine is an exclusive publication that will be sent by mail free to the neighborhoods in the LuthervilleTimonium. The magazine is unlike any other publication out there as it dials in on what's going on in the community. The publication will always have a family on the cover with an article about them and their role in the community. Chris is reaching out to companies that service the Lutherville-Timonium area looking for referrals.He recently bought his first house and is “still hobbling along on the lacrosse field from time to time.” Logan Burke ’03 reports that he has moved out to Aspen, Colorado as a Ski Pro for Aspen Ski Co. at Buttermilk and will be working with kids 7-17 years old for group and private lessons. He’ll also be working in a great program called, “Challenge Aspen” that specializes in adaptive lessons for those with disabilities.
Marshal Morgan '85 was swornin as Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Marshal was sworn-in by Chief District Court Judge Gustavo A. Gelpi in a private ceremony.
RIGHT: Will Cooper '03 and wife Tiffany are the proud parents of Ridley Finch Cooper. Will wrote: "I’m still running the hedge fund, Caption Partners. We have offices in New York City and Oklahoma City. June was the 6 year anniversary of when I launched the fund — can’t believe it’s been [over] six years already.”
BELOW: On December 19th, 2018 Chris Maisel '04 (pictured right) graduated with the 149th Baltimore County Recruit class. Chris was elected president of the class and gave the graduating class address. He also earned The Leadership Award that has only been presented one other time in the 149 years of the training program. The award is in recognition of exceptional dedication and leadership. Chris is pictured here at graduation with Tim Howell '03 of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
Gordon Kellerman '07 is the vice president of leasing and marketing for Skybox Datacenters LLC in Houston, Texas. Last week, DownUnder GeoSolutions (America) LLC, or DUG, an Australian oil and gas seismic technology company chose the Houston area for a data center after a global search, which represents the city’s biggest such deal to date. The company selected Houston for two major reasons — the low cost of power, and the available infrastructure of the Skybox data center, a facility in Katy owned by Skybox. DUG will occupy 15,000 square feet in the Skybox data center to house over 40,000 servers. The supercomputer will have over 250 petaflops of computing capacity, "equal to one thousand million" calculations per second. John Scott '08 is a 3-D Printing Specialist at ABC Imaging in D.C. John was recently interviewed by WUSA Channel 9 in Washington, D.C. regarding the power of 3-D printers. The story highlighted the recent development of 3-D printers being able to make firearms.
RIGHT: Virginia Louise Onnen was born on Wednesday, September 26th at 3:24 pm. She’s the daughter of Tripp Onnen '03, granddaughter of former Board of Trustees Member Ferd Onnen, Jr., '71; greatgranddaughter of Distinguished Alumnus Ferd Onnen, Sr., '38; and niece of Dietz Onnen '06.
Lee Blake '08 and Cole Blake '10 worked with Living Classrooms to gather up un-wanted lacrosse equipment for inner city youth programs. Matthew J. Sherman ‘10, Valedictorian Class of 2010, received the degree Doctor of
Medicine last June from the University of Texas, Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas. Matt has joined the Emergency Medicine Residency program at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, the second largest emergency facility in the U.S. Matt's mom, Jeanne, wrote: "His journey to become a doctor started at B.L. [It's] Good to see so many of the wonderful and dedicated teachers that helped Matt are still with the Lakers."
ABOVE: Jonathan Attman '11 and his wife Tara report the birth of their son, Henry Charles Attman, already sporting his Boys' Latin onesie. Henry was born on December 24th, 2018 at 9:58 pm. His grandfather, Rick Schmidt '67, and uncles Ricky Schmidt '11 and Matt Attman '15 are also Laker graduates. Jonathan writes, "Henry is already looking forward to being a Laker!"
ABOVE: Alex Malinowski '11 is on the lacrosse coaching staff of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. 2018. Alex played at Goucher College in Towson, Md., helping the team to win the Landmark BOYSLATINMD.COM
Class Notes Conference Championship and advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament, losing to national champion Salisbury University. The team finished 18-2 overall and finished ranked No. 10 in the country. He later played two seasons at Shorter University as a midfielder. In 2014, he served as assistant coach at CCBC Essex. In 2017, Alex was an assistant coach at Goucher College, working primarily with the defense and man down units. BELOW: The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's lacrosse program has added Aaron Leeds '13 as an assistant coach. Aaron was a four-year varsity performer at Salisbury University prior to entering coaching. As a defenseman, he helped the Gulls to three NCAA Championship games, including back-to-back national titles in 2016 and 2017. Aaron graduated from Salisbury with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.
Nick Malinowski '16 was named one of the captains of the 20182019 McDaniel College varsity wrestling team. Nick is a returning two-year letterman for the Green Terror and will wrestle this year in the 125 pound weight class. He has declared his major in Biology. RIGHT: Colin Heacock '13 signed a three year contract to remain with the Chesapeake Bayhawks of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL.) Colin scored 40 points last year (25 goals
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and 15 assists) for the Bayhawks in 15 games. RIGHT: Bennett Wisner '14 knew he wanted to be a professional golfer before he ever picked up a golf club. After starting on the BL varsity golf team for four years he decided to pursue his collegiate career at Loyola University Maryland. Last fall, Bennett sank a birdie putt on the first playoff hole of the Coastal Players Tour event at Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach, N.C., to beat Zach Edmondson for his first pro victory and earned $2,500. His putt capped off a weekend in which he was 8-under par with rounds of 66 and 68. Bennet recently played in the Mackenzie Tour, the second qualifying tournament of the season, and earned his PGA Tour Card for the Canada Mackenzie Tour. Attackman Patrick Spencer '15 (Loyola University Maryland) and defenseman Dylan Gaines '15 (Denver University) were recently named to the Inside Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All-American list. Jonathan Sembly '15 and Michael Knott '15 are currently working to found a Chinese Dim Sum restaurant in the newly renovated Cross Street Marketplace in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. They were accepted by the leasing team and assigned a good space near the middle of the market. Quality is their goal, and they have taken efforts to ensure they will be able to put out a consistent quality product, through practice and menu testing.
Andrew Brennan '16 spent eight weeks in Cape Town, South Africa interning at a private equity firm in Stellenbosch and taking a class on the history, politics and culture of South Africa. While there he received word that he made the President’s List for the academic year. Andrew is a current junior at Washington & Lee University. Victor Dimukeje '17, a defensive lineman for Duke University's football team, was named the recipient of the Mike McGee Award annually given to the Blue Devils' top defensive lineman.
ABOVE: Varsity cross-country coach Lisa Reid recently participated in the Jessica Meredith Jacobsen 11th Annual 5k run at Loyola University Maryland. The Loyola basketball team volunteered and cheered runners on along the course! Two of the team players, BL grads Jaylin Andrews ‘18 (pictured left) and Brandon Bradsher ‘17 (pictured right) are with Lisa. Coach Reid reports that she, too, is a Loyola Greyhound.
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Annual Boys’ Latin Family Golf Outing
Admission Talk & Tour Event
APRIL 30 All School Art Show & Upper School Spring Concert
MAY 23 Middle School Spring Concert
JUNE 1 175th Commencement
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