Boys’ Latin Names New Commons for Charles T. Bauer

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Bauer Foundation Gives $1 million Capital Gift
Bauer Foundation Gives $1 million Capital Gift

The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland announced the naming of the the Charles T. Bauer Student Commons. In a letter to parents, faculty and alumni on Friday, Headmaster Christopher J. Post said “I am pleased to announce that our new Student Commons, which opened in the fall, will be named the Charles T. Bauer Student Commons, through the generosity of the Charles T. Bauer Charitable Foundation. Working closely with its trustees Ted Bauer and BL past-parent Janet Bauer Hartman, the foundation has made a leadership gift of $1 million to Phase II of Building the Laker Legacy Campaign. The naming of the Commons memorializes their father, Mr. Charles T. Bauer, who established the Foundation to support the endeavors of educational institutions. The Foundation has been exceptionally generous to Boys’ Latin. In the past five years alone, the Foundation has provided critical assistance to the School in funding our work in the area of boys’ education, the new digital media center and a scholarship honoring long-time faculty member Ab Logan.”

Charles T. Bauer was a successful businessman here in Baltimore, serving as Senior Vice President of U.S.F.G. Insurance. He moved to Houston to serve as Senior Vice President of American General Insurance Company and later founded AIM Management Group, which, at the time of his death in 2004, had grown to be the 7th largest mutual fund company worldwide.

In creating the Foundation, Mr. Bauer believed that education provided each person with the ability to help achieve more in life. Confident that the best growth occurs through hard work and taking educated risks, Mr. Bauer was known as a strong advocate and mentor for young professionals, whom he saw blossom in their careers under his leadership. In particular, he often reflected that the drive and tenacity of younger colleagues inspired him to work a little harder each and every day.

Headmaster Post noted, “The naming of the Commons in Mr. Bauer’s honor unites his commitment to education and also his belief in the power of community, as he was known to comment that one should ‘work hard and have a little fun each day.’ Without a doubt, the new Commons has transformed our school experience over the fall. Faculty and students alike come together throughout the day, in a space that reinforces the close-knit bonds of community that distinguish our school. Families will often gather in the morning for breakfast, and students and faculty alike travel in and out of the space throughout the day during free periods in addition to the lunch hours. Each day, students from all divisions interact with one another, furthering their bonds as ‘Brothers for Life’.”

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Boys’ Latin plans to share more information about a formal dedication of the space in the months ahead as the culmination of the capital campaign. In the meantime, the School extends their most heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Bauer, Mrs. Hartman and the Charles T. Bauer Charitable Foundation for its extraordinary generosity.

Prospective parents and students will have an opportunity to visit the new Charles T. Bauer Student Commons at “Innovation in Action: Experience a Boys’ Latin Education,” a Visiting Day on Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This provides a “hands-on” way for families to experience innovation alive at BL and get to meet some of our faculty and administrators.

Other upcoming activities on campus which are open to the public include:

  • Richard Guerry returns on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00pm for a discussion of internet and texting safety, cyber bullying and more based on his famous book, Public and Permanent. The presentation is free and no RSVP is needed. For more information, click here.
  • BL’s annual Bull & Oyster Roast is Saturday, November 21 at 5-9 p.m. in the Gelston Athletic Center. Tickets are available on-line or by contacting Mac Kennedy ‘76, Director of Alumni Relations.

About Boys’ Latin School

Boys’ Latin is Maryland’s oldest independent, nonsectarian college-preparatory school for boys. For 170+ years, Lakers have embodied our motto – Esse Quam Videri (to be, rather than to seem), which sets a standard of authenticity and humility. Beyond what seems sufficient to others, Lakers seek TRUE EXCELLENCE in deeper insights, extra steps, harder decisions and, ultimately, greater impact.

For David, a Fulbright Scholar, he is pursuing his interest in medical research. While Dennis studies law at Harvard University, Jamal pursues his passion for engineering at Kenyon College, and Josh studies at Berklee College of Music. BL alumni have gone on to be Pulitzer Prize winners and successful entrepreneurs, Rhodes Scholars and firefighters, philanthropists and cartoonists plus more.

BL is a small school where each student is uniquely known and cherished for who he is and is encouraged to grow to be his best, true self. There are many options for arts and activities – jazz ensembles, robotics teams, theater, Model UN, community service projects and conference-championship-level athletic teams in a dozen sports. We challenge each boy to discover his interests and become HIS best here and in life beyond our campus. We celebrate the opportunity to make a difference in the life of each student.

The campus is 41-acres in Roland Park with state-of-the art classrooms, three libraries, dedicated visual and performing arts centers and outstanding athletic facilities. For more information, please visit

Edited from Press Release

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  1. The Student Commons is an amazing space! It allows Boys’ Latin to do what it does best, creating a strong community of boys and faculty who truly enjoy one another and gives them a gorgeous space to come together throughout the school day! I’m so grateful to the Bauer Foundation for making this space possible

  2. I have watched my son grow into a
    Young man, with the supportive and
    Nurturing staff @ Boy’s Latin. What’s not to love … With all the newest additions ! As well, lunch time facilitates any diet or desire…Nothing ordinary about Boys Latin. Thank You !!!

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