McDonogh School Headmaster Charlie Britton and Board of Trustees President Arthur Adler ‘78, have announced the successful completion of The McDonogh Forever Campaign, which surpassed its $75 million goal, raising $80,074,190, an astounding amount at any time but particularly eye-popping given the weakness of the economy since the campaign launched in 2010.

When formally announced four years ago, The McDonogh Forever Campaign’s historic goal was to fund construction projects in the school’s campus master plan. It was also established to support the annual fund, which supports the day-to-day operations of the school, as well as fund endowment for financial aid, faculty salaries, professional development, and academic and extracurricular programs. At the time of launch, McDonogh had already received lead gifts and commitments totaling $58 million, allowing construction to begin. Irvin S. Naylor ’54 and his family provided a lead gift to fund an Upper School building dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. The 30,000 square foot Naylor Building opened last August. 

Local businessman and philanthropist Edward St. John, a past McDonogh parent, pledged funds towards a student center for kindergarten through twelfth grade. The 71,398 square foot Edward St. John Student Center, featuring two dining halls, fine and performing arts studios, the Tuttle Gallery, a 171-seat lyceum, and an updated infirmary was dedicated on April 4, 2014.

Campaign co-chair Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. ’48, of the Crown Petroleum fortune, made a lead gift to fund a campus green which will connect legacy buildings from his student days to the Edward St. John Student Center and the Naylor Building. The Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Campus Green will be completed in the fall of 2014. In addition to the lead gifts, the campaign received an unparalleled $30 million matching gift from the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of businessman John A. “Jack” Luetkemeyer, who is  the father of Emmy Award-winning television star, Julie Bowen.

“McDonogh School began 138 years ago with a bequest from Baltimore-born businessman John McDonogh,” explained Rosenberg. “His gift led to the establishment of our school, and since then McDonogh has survived and thrived in the same way it began— through philanthropy.”

In addition to surpassing its goal, The McDonogh Forever Campaign was completed a year earlier than anticipated.

“From day one, the construction schedule was thoughtful in terms of timing, safety and quality,” said Adler ‘78. “As we wrap up the McDonogh Forever Campaign, it is exciting to have been part of the greatest transformation at McDonogh since the Great Depression.”

Both the student center and the STEM building were designed by Bowie Gridley Architects, and the contractor for the projects and associated site work was The Mullan Contracting Company.

Campaign co-chair Howard Klein said, “The McDonogh Forever Campaign is about leaving the school better than we found it. I believe we have achieved that goal and more.”