|5407 Roland Avenue
|Motto||In Tuo Lumine Lumen
(Latin: "In thy light [we see] light")
|Sister school||Bryn Mawr School
Roland Park Country School
|Number of students||1,035.5|
|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 1897 as the Country School for Boys, it was the 1st country day school in the United States. Gilman enrolls approximately 1,003 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. Its graduates are known to be intensely loyal to the school. Approximately 75% of the Board of Trustees are graduates of the school, one of the highest percentages of any educational institution in the United States. 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.
The school has three divisions: Lower School (kindergarten through grade five), Middle School (grades six through eight) and Upper School (grades nine through twelve).
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. Starting junior year, students are allowed to take necessary classes like English and other subjects at the 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, upper school history teacher, and Gilman alumnus (Class of 1987) 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, 60-35-5, including a win in the 100th game in 2015.
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, in every sport except for 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 (split), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 (split), 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 (Split), 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 (split), 2015|
|Golf||1974 (split), 1977 (split), 1979, 1987, 1990, 1991||1995, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Ice Hockey||2004, 2006, 2013, 2016|
|Indoor Track||2011, 2015|
|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, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|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, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Track and field||1978, 1985||1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017|
|Volleyball||2008, 2013, 2014, 2016|
|Water polo||2000, 2007|
|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."
- Victor Abiamiri, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles (National Football League)
- John P. Angelos, Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles
- Scott Bartlett, guitar player for the band Saving Abel
- Ryan Boyle, attackman for the New York Titans (National Lacrosse League)
- Brandon Copeland, DE for the Detroit Lions. Played college football for the University of Pennsylvania.
- Jamal Cox, former All-ACC linebacker for Georgia Tech and 7th-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears (National Football League)
- Conor Doyle, former team captain and attack for the Notre Dame men's lacrosse team
- 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.
- Fritz Haller and Lecky Haller, world champions and olympians in whitewater canoe
- Darius Jennings, former wide receiver for the University of Virginia, NFL player
- Cyrus Jones, cornerback for the New England Patriots. Played college football for the University of Alabama
- Kevin B. Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive
- David Kim, founder of C2 Education
- Bradley King, lighting designer, won Tony award for his work on the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
- John W. Nicholson Jr., leader military operations in Afghanistan, former commander of NATO's allied land command
- 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)
- Christopher Rouse, composer
- John Sarbanes, U.S. representative from Maryland's 3rd congressional district
- Jeff Seibert, Senior Director of Product at Twitter, Co-Founder and CEO of Crashlytics (acquired by Twitter for over $100 million)
- Mark Shapiro, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays
- Gavin Sheets, baseball player
- Stuart O. Simms, former Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services
- Fife Symington, former Governor of Arizona
- Jon Theodore, former drummer for The Mars Volta
- Childs Walker, reporter for The Baltimore Sun
- Ambrose Wooden, Goldman Sachs Vice President, former Cornerback for University of Notre Dame NCAA
- George Bauernschmidt, Rear Admiral in the United States Navy
- Daniel Brewster, U.S. senator from Maryland
- William P. Carey, American philanthropist and businessman, founder of W. P. Carey & Co., donated the funds to establish the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland, and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
- Frank Deford, author, commentator for National Public Radio, and senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated
- Hall Hammond, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals
- 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
- Greg Plitt, actor/fitness celebrity and former United States Army Ranger
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