|5407 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
|Type||Private, All-boys, K-12|
|Motto||In Tuo Lumine Lumen (Latin)
("In thy light [we see] light")
John E. Schmick
|Number of students||1,034|
|Campus||Suburban, 68 acres (.3 km²)|
|Newspaper||"The Gilman News"|
The Gilman School // is a private preparatory school for boys located in the Roland Park neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1909 as the Country School for Boys, it was the 1st country day school in the United States. Gilman enrolls approximately 1,034 students, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, under the instruction of 146 faculty members. It is a member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Described by author C. Fraser Smith as "Baltimore's most prestigious preparatory academy," Gilman enjoys strong academic and athletic reputations. In 2002, Worth Magazine rated Gilman among the top 30 feeder schools in the U.S., signifying the high rate of matriculation by Gilman graduates at top colleges and universities. Of Gilman's 16 varsity athletic programs, 15 have won conference championships since 2000, and in recent years its football and lacrosse teams have appeared at or near the top of national rankings.
The school takes its name from Daniel Coit Gilman, the first president of The Johns Hopkins University and an early supporter of efforts by Anne Galbraith Carey to form an all-boys day school. Prominent graduates of Gilman include author Walter Lord, sportswriter Frank Deford, former Arizona Governor Fife Symington, former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich, former United States Senator Daniel Brewster, Congressman John Sarbanes, and internationally renowned composer Christopher Rouse.
Gilman was founded as The Country School for Boys by Baltimore resident Anne Galbraith Carey, with assistance from Daniel Coit Gilman, (1831-1908), (the first president of Johns Hopkins University, 1876-1908). The school opened its doors on September 30, 1897, in the old "Homewood" Mansion (now known as the Homewood Museum, off North Charles Street, constructed 1800 in Georgian-Federal style architecture, for Charles Carroll, Jr., (1775-1825), also known as Charles Carroll of Homewood, son of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, (1737-1832), last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence). By 1910, J.H.U. began moving its campus north from its former downtown location along North Howard Street by Little Ross, West Centre and West Monument Streets, in the neighborhood of Mount Vernon-Belvedere to the newly named "Homewood" campus and constructing its first campus buildings of similar matching Georgian - Federal styles. In 1910, the Country School moved to its current 68-acre (275,000 m²) campus further north in the city to Roland Park, along Roland Avenue, just south of the Belvedere Avenue (and the future Northern Parkway). Here was begun one of the first planned suburban developments in America by the new Roland Park Company in 1891. At that time the institution changed its name to "The Gilman Country School for Boys", in honor of the seminal figure in its founding, Dr. Gilman. In 1951, "Country" was dropped from the name.
Gilman has two sister schools: Bryn Mawr School, across Northern Parkway from Gilman to the north and Roland Park Country School, across Roland Ave to the west. All three schools coordinate some Upper School (grades 9–12) classes to the extent that some classes have students from all three schools.
Gilman cites as its mission statement:
|“||Gilman School is a diverse community dedicated to educating boys in mind, body, and spirit through particular emphasis upon academic excellence, athletic participation and aesthetic appreciation. Gilman seeks to produce men of character and integrity who have the skills and ability to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.||”|
John Schmick introduced the concept of during his first year as headmaster. "The Gilman 5," as they are often called, are: Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence. There are posters displayed across the campus with the Gilman Five printed on them; their purpose is to remind students to "Be Gilman."
At the Upper School level, students are required to take courses in history, mathematics, English, science, and a foreign language each semester; an intramural or interscholastic sport each season; and a minimum of art, music, and religion instruction over four years. Students must also fulfill a community service requirement and may choose to participate in a range of extracurricular activities.
A number of courses permit cross-registration by students from two neighboring girls' schools: Bryn Mawr and Roland Park Country School. In turn, Gilman students, primarily seniors, are able to enroll in equivalent courses at these sister schools. The school offers numerous courses, several through the tri-school collaboration. Cross-registration also allows for a variety of languages to be offered, which currently include French, Spanish, Latin, Ancient Greek, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and German.
Gilman enjoys a tradition of athletic success. Since the year 2000, 12 Gilman varsity teams have won at least one conference championship. Overall, the school sponsors 16 sports; most teams have varsity and junior varsity programs, while some have fresh-soph and/or middle school squads.
Gilman is perhaps best known for its success in football and lacrosse. The football team has won 2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) "A" Conference championships in the last 11 seasons. The 2002 team finished 10–0 and was ranked 14th in the United States by USA Today's Super 25 high school football poll. That team featured the Associated Press's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in quarterback Ambrose Wooden and lineman Victor Abiamiri. Both players went on to star at Notre Dame, and Abiamiri now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2005 team was ranked 12th in the nation in USA Today's Super 25 high school football poll.
The lacrosse team, led by coach and middle school history teacher Brooks Matthews, was ranked the #1 high school team in the United States by LaxPower at the conclusion of both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The team has captured 15 "A" conference titles in MIAA. The lacrosse program has produced many stars in college lacrosse such as Barney Ehrmann.
During the 2005–06 school year, six Gilman varsity squads (football, golf, ice hockey, squash, tennis & track and field) won conference titles. In 2008–09, the volleyball team won its first MIAA title, while the squash and swimming teams also won conference championships.
Gilman's biggest rival is the McDonogh School, located in suburban Owings Mills. A football game between the two schools has taken place every fall since 1914. Gilman leads this series, 56-33-5, including a win in the most recent game of 2012.
Gilman's varsity athletic teams have won over 120 championships since 1940, including 41 conference titles since the MIAA was formed in 1994. The school currently competes in the association's highest grouping, or "A" conference, of all but two sports: basketball and ice hockey.
|Sport||MSA Titles||MIAA Conference Titles|
|Baseball||1976, 1990, 1993||1996, 2010|
|Basketball||1950, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1965, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1980||2004, 2005, 2012 (*'B' Conference Championship)|
|Cross Country||1980||1996, 1997 (split)|
|Football||1940, 1941, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 (split), 1986 (split), 1987 (split), 1990 (split),||1994 (spilt), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 (split), 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 (Split), 2009, 2011, 2012|
|Golf||1974 (split), 1977 (split), 1979, 1987, 1990, 1991||1995, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Ice Hockey||2004, 2006, 2013|
|Lacrosse||1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1970 (split), 1973, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1994||1995, 1998, 2000, 2009, 2011|
|Soccer||1971, 1972||1995 (split), 2001, 2010|
|Squash||2008, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Swimming||B Conference: 1979, 1981, 1984||B Conference: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Tennis||1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1976, 1978 (split), 1982 (split), 1983, 1986, 1991||1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010|
|Track and Field||1978, 1985||1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Wrestling||1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984 (split), 1990|
Gilman confers over 50 awards at the upper school level for achievement in academics, athletics, student leadership, and extracurricular activities. Most prizes are bestowed on seniors; a smaller number are granted to underclassmen by design or as circumstances warrant. The majority are given on Awards Day, held each year in late May, while a handful of the highest honors are withheld until Founders Day, the day of Gilman's commencement ceremonies.
- The William A. Fisher Medallion is accorded to a junior or senior "who has rendered the highest service that can be rendered the School by leadership based on the influence of character."
- The William S. Thomas Scholarship Prize, consists of seven awards: six given to the top scholar of grades 8 to 12 and one for the valedictorian, as determined by academic achievement over the course of four years.
- The William Cabell Bruce, Jr. Athletic Prize honors the upper school student "most conspicuous for general proficiency in athletic sports and exercises over a two-year period."
- The Daniel Baker, Jr. Memorial is awarded to the senior who "through thoughtfulness and by reason of his character, has contributed to the general welfare of his fellow men."
- The Edward Fenimore Award recognizes the senior who has best exemplified the characteristics of "courage, determination, perseverance, and accomplishment."
- The Peter Parrott Blanchard Award is given to the upper school student who "by his cheerful helpfulness ... has greatly contributed to the successful and pleasant life in the School."
- The Redmond C.S. Finney Award celebrates the student who has distinguished himself "through his dedication to and practice of those human values necessary to eliminate racism, prejudice, and intolerance."
- The Daniel C. Ammidon Award recognizes students in grades 6-12 for their "outstanding citizenship and commitment to the Gilman Community."
- Ambrose Wooden, former Cornerback for Notre Dame NCAA
- Victor Abiamiri, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles (National Football League)
- Scott Bartlett, guitar player for the band Saving Abel
- Ryan Boyle, attackman for the New York Titans (National Lacrosse League)
- Jamal Cox, former All-ACC linebacker for Georgia Tech and 7th-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears (National Football League)
- Frank Deford, author, commentator for National Public Radio, and senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated
- Bob Ehrlich, former Governor of Maryland and former U.S. representative from Maryland's 2nd congressional district
- Brian Ferentz, an assistant coach for the New England Patriots, and former offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons
- Mark Fetting, former president and CEO of Legg Mason
- Redmond C.S. Finney, Gilman School Headmaster 1968–1992. Finney and Jim Brown are the only two people in the history of NCAA to be first team All-American in two sports in the same academic year. Each was All-American in both football and lacrosse.
- Alan Fleischmann, co-founder of ImagineNations Group and former chief of staff to Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
- Fritz Haller and Lecky Haller, world champions and olympians in whitewater canoe
- David Kim, founder of C2 Education
- Jon Markham, columnist for MSN Money
- Charles London, author of One Day the Soldiers Came and Far from Zion and, as C. Alexander London, author of The Accidental Adventures series for young readers
- Timothy Parker, crossword editor of USA Today and Guinness World Record holder for syndicated puzzles
- Colin Pine, former interpreter to Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets (National Basketball Association)
- John Sarbanes, U.S. representative from Maryland's 3rd congressional district
- Mark Shapiro, general manager of the Cleveland Indians
- Stuart O. Simms, former Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services
- Charles Steinberg, Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President / CEO Boston Red Sox
- Fife Symington, former Governor of Arizona
- Jon Theodore, former drummer for The Mars Volta
- Childs Walker, reporter for The Baltimore Sun
- Christopher Rouse, composer
- Greg Plitt, actor/fitness celebrity
- George Bauernschmidt, Rear Admiral in the United States Navy
- Daniel Brewster, U.S. senator from Maryland
- Hall Hammond, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals
- John M.T. Finney, First President of the American College of Surgeons, Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the United States for his service in World War I. Earned honorary degrees from Tulane, Harvard, and Loyola University of Maryland.
- Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember
- Charles Francis Stein, champion sailboat skipper
- Christopher Van Hollen Sr. (1941), former United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 1972 to 1976
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