After five years as the headmaster of Gilman School, John Schmick announced this morning his resignation in a letter to the school community. An excerpt:

Dear Friends,

I have always known that Gilman is a truly unique community, but not until I became Headmaster was I able to observe closely the entire workings of the School and to truly appreciate this remarkable institution. Wordsworth, in his poem Tintern Abbey, states, “Five years have passed; five summers, with the length/Of five long winters!” And that is true for me. I cannot believe that it is almost exactly five years ago that I became Headmaster. When I took over as the interim Head in 2007 and later as Headmaster in January of 2008, I told the Board of Trustees that I planned to stay in the position for no more than three to five years. I will complete my fifth year this June, and the time is here to announce my plans. I am going to step down as Headmaster in June of 2013, after completing my sixth year. Although I will no longer lead the School after that date, I will continue to work on behalf of Gilman.

Mr. Schmick is an alumnus of Gilman and the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked at the school in a variety of roles for over 37 years.

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.