As we prepare to welcome 2019, St. Paul's is grateful for a wonderful 2018 and for all the generous supporters who helped make the year so successful. Join us in looking back at 10 of the School's many highlights in 2018.
#1 The St. Paul's Schools Unification Ensures Continued Success
In the summer of 2018, the Boards of Trustees voted to unify our governance structure, allowing St. Paul's, SPSG, and St. Paul's Plus to better share resources and more closely collaborate ensuring the continued success of our Schools in a highly competitive and ever-changing independent school landscape. In December, the Board of Trustees of The St. Paul's Schools announced the appointment of Dr. Jefferson Huang as the Schools' inaugural president. Selected for his reputation for innovative and ethical leadership and extensive experience as an administrator and a teacher, he has the breadth of skills needed to guide The St. Paul's Schools into the future.
#2 Class of 2018 Graduates
On Saturday, June 9, members of the Class of 2018 graduated from St. Paul's. These newest alumni now attend more than 50 different colleges and universities. More than 70 percent of the C
lass reported earning merit-based college and university scholarships. Members of the Class won 2 MIAA athletic championships and delivered virtuoso artistic performances – singing, playing musical instruments, and acting.
#3 SP Spirit Hits All-Time High
Crusader spirit reached an all-time high in 2018, as students, faculty, staff, and parents collaborated to enhance school spirit events and activities. The highlight of the year was the spirit week leading up to the Parents' Association-sponsored Friday Night Lights event when the entire community united to cheer on our Varsity Football team. The week included rallies, costume contests, parades of Lower School students, and more.
#4 Opportunities for Student Artists to Stand in the Spotlight
In 2018, St. Paul's students participated in musical performances, art exhibitions, dance performances, and theatrical productions. FromThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Disney's Peter Pan JR., to Crazy for You, our students were sensational on stage.
The St. Paul's Concert Chorale performed for packed audiences near and far. Over Spring Break the boys toured Austria and the Czech Republic giving multiple performances at historic venues in Prague and Vienna. In November, they had the honor of performing at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore as part of the prestigious Holiday Brass Concert which benefited the International Women's Brass Conference. They put on a sensational performance for this sold-out event!
#5 Crusader Championships for Blue & Gold
Crusaders won three championships in 2018. The Varsity Track team won the MIAA B Championship. The Varsity quad boat won the Maryland state championship. The Varsity Golf team won the MIAA championship for their third consecutive title. Three Crusaders, Kurt McHenry, Jack Parr, and Imran Heard, won MIAA championships in wrestling. Eighteen members of the St. Paul's Class of 2019 formalized their commitments to become NCAA student-athletes.
#6 Lower School Unveils A New Immersive Science and Innovation Lab – The Hub
St. Paul's Lower School created a new place where students from all divisions learn collaboratively through real-world applications and hands-on design thinking challenges. The Hub – Immersive Science and Innovation Lab is an environment where students make connections with their peers, faculty, and the surrounding community while receiving differentiated, individualized instruction. Located in the middle of the Lower School building, this space is used by students of all ages. Each week, 4-year-olds from St. Paul's Plus visit the Lower School to participate in specials including The Hub. The 4th and 5th-grade STEAM Club began this year and often meets in The Hub.
#7 Celebrating Mitch Tullai
Alumni, students, faculty, and coaches filled the Ward Center this fall to celebrate Martin D. "Mitch" Tullai and the 50-plus years he served St. Paul's as a teacher, coach, and all-around role model for hundreds of students. The School was delighted to announce the creation of the Martin D. Tullai Scholar-Athlete Scholarship, started in honor of Mr. Tullai by a group of alumni grateful for the impact he has had on their lives. Following the celebration, Mr. Tullai attended the game against Archbishop Curley, where the Crusaders won 40-22.
#8 Faculty, Staff, and Students Focus on Inclusion
As part of St. Paul's commitment to fostering an inclusive community where all who come through our doors feel welcomed and embraced, much student, faculty, and administrative focus has been around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2018, faculty participated in professional development on topics including navigating challenging conversation and educating boys and girls. Seven faculty members spent a week at the National Association of Independent Schools' (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC) where they explored the theme Equitable Schools and Inclusive Communities: Harmony, Discord, and the Notes in Between. Administrators participated in training on hiring with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. In order to engage our parents, St. Paul's began hosting a series entitled Listen. Share. Learn. which focuses on issues on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Keeping with the tradition of having clubs be responsive to the needs and interests of the students, in the fall of 2018, the Middle School announced the formation of a Middle School Black Awareness Club (BAC). This new club is modeled after the Upper School BAC, which has been around for more than 15 years and exists for the purpose of cultivating a support system for African-American students and students of color.
#9 St. Paul's Honored Legendary Teacher-Coaches at Dedication of Mitchell Stadium and Re-Dedication of Tullai Field
St. Paul's School celebrated the opening of the new athletic facility and honored the legacy of two legendary teacher-coaches with the dedication of George L. Mitchell '44 Stadium and the re-dedication of Martin D. "Mitch" Tullai Field. Members of the Mitchell and Tullai families, along with dozens of former players and colleagues, attended the dedication ceremony, which was held before the varsity lacrosse game in conjunction with Alumni Weekend. The renovation project included expanding and modernizing grandstand seating for 1,000 spectators, a new and expanded press box that supports games on both St. Paul's and SPSG's athletic fields, team locker rooms, two expansive plazas, and infrastructure for future addition of bathrooms and stadium lights that will enable evening use of the fields.
#10 Community Supports SP People, Programs and Facilities
Nearly 2,000 donors contributed $1.56 million to the St. Paul's Fund in the Fiscal Year '18, with more than $5.55 million in total philanthropic support to benefit the School's people, program, physical plant, and endowment. Thank you!