McDonogh School on Tuesday held a ceremony to unveil a memorial to honor the men, women, and children enslaved by the school’s founder, John McDonogh.
This piece is the first installment in a new Baltimore Fishbowl column series, “On a Marble Stair” by Baltimore poet, essayist and educator Jalynn Harris. Drawing from the lyrics of Nina Simone’s song “Baltimore” (Beat-up little seagull/On a marble stair/Tryin’ to find the ocean/Lookin’ everywhere), Harris will chronicle their adventures and experiences in the places in and around Baltimore that they have called home. In this week’s column, Harris pays tribute to their Uncle Junie–a rescuer of bikes, a fish YouTuber, and a loving stay-at-home-dad–after his passing.
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Two contractors and a child were injured at Owings Mills’ McDonogh School after an explosion in the school’s boiler room that partially collapsed a smokestack, school officials said this morning.
A statement released by the school around noon said the student “sustained a minor injury,” and was released from a local hospital after an evaluation.
Two outside contractors also suffered minor injuries, and one was transported to a hospital for an evaluation, the school said.
The note said “all students, faculty, and staff are safe.” School dismissed early at 11 a.m. after the incident, and all afternoon activities there are cancelled.
The blast caused the top of a smokestack connected to the boiler room to crumble, sending bricks falling to the ground. The smoke tower sits adjacent to the Allan Building, and school officials said the area “has been cordoned off.”
Fire department crews were at the campus investigating Wednesday morning, including a collapse team evaluating the stability of the tower. Officials asked drivers to avoid McDonogh Road while teams were responding.
Units were dispatched to the private school just after 8:30 a.m. A photo later posted by the department showed the damaged top of the smokestack.
Update, #McDonogh school explosion, #OwingsMills: 1 adult and 1 child transported w non life threatening injuries. Explosion damaged the shot tower, a smokestack for the boiler room. EA pic.twitter.com/6UJItHtVKy
— Baltimore County Fire Department (@BaltCoFire) September 18, 2019
A school spokeswoman reportedly notified parents about 20 minutes later that the explosion had occurred in the boiler room.
Per its website, the Allan Building houses administrative offices, the school’s business office, its technology department, the counseling office, music studios, choral music space, the Upper School’s humanities department and a library. It was built in 1929 and was recently renovated.
The school said it contacted a structural engineer today “to assess the building and ensure that the surrounding area is safe.”
This story has been updated.
A federal grand jury yesterday indicted 64-year-old man Stephen Lyle Orback for making threatening calls to the Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation in Owings Mills, suggesting there would be a mass shooting at the synagogue.
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Garrison Forest School (GFS) received a $5 million gift to support several ongoing and future projects, including a full renovation of the main Upper School building and the construction of a new dormitory, both of which are slated for completion this summer. Gifted by an anonymous alumna donor, the donation represents the largest single philanthropic gift in the independent school’s 109-year history.
“The renovation of the Elinor Purves McLennan Library, the construction of the new dormitory and the complete renovation of the Upper School’s main building are projects designed to serve our students by making sure that our facilities match the high quality of our academic, residential and extracurricular programs,” said Head of School Chris Hughes.
Two years ago, a student told Garrison Forest Upper School art teacher Sarah Sachs about an Adirondack chair her brother made in a woodworking class at an area boys’ school. “I started looking into it and all of the boys’ schools had woodshops,” said Ms. Sachs. Yet, in her research, none of the area girls’ schools taught woodworking. This drove Ms. Sachs to begin her journey toward creating a woodworking class at Garrison Forest, which wrapped up its inaugural semester in January. She began by visiting one school, which has a woodworking department in each division, to start gathering ideas and learning more about the tools the students would need to get started. She was excited to realize that the GFS sculpture studio already had most of the required tools and she was able to purchase the remaining tools needed in order to launch the course.