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Gilman Bids Farewell to Headmaster John Schmick



On June 30, after nearly forty years of service as a teacher, coach and mentor, Headmaster John Schmick will retire from Gilman School.  Known for his humility, the creation of the Gilman Five, and dedication to the school, Schmick has been a keystone of the Gilman community throughout the past few decades.

“Gilman is a key element of my life,” says Schmick, who graduated from the North Baltimore all-boys private school in 1967 and returned to teach after both serving in the National Guard and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania.

During his teaching career, Schmick, whose favorite books include “Hamlet” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” taught English and poetry.  He also became known for “Roger the Elf,” a fictitious, yet profound character who would lyrically dismiss the school for winter break with a poem using the names of every student in the senior class.  According to Schmick, the highlight of his career has been “having students, initially, learn to appreciate all forms of English literature.”

Calvert School Appoints New Headmaster

Andrew Holmgren, appointed Calvert's seventh head master.
Andrew Holmgren, appointed Calvert’s seventh head master.

Calvert School last week announced the appointment of a new headmaster. Mr. Andrew Holmgren, currently Head of the Middle School at New York City’s Collegiate School, will take the helm as Calvert’s seventh headmaster beginning July 1, 2013.

Holmgren comes to Calvert with an abundance of professional experience in academia. Prior to his current position, he served as dean of Academic Affairs and director of Admission at Fairfield Country Day School in Fairfield, Connecticut. Holmgren also has taught Latin and coached several sports.

Holmgren’s affiliation with independent schools began with his own education. He graduated from the Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts before earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts from Fordham University; he focused on Medieval Studies in both undergraduate and graduate school.

A Hire From Within: Gilman Names Henry Smyth the School’s Next Headmaster


Gilman School Board of Trustees Chairman Paul McBride, announced last night the appointment of assistant headmaster Henry Smyth as the school’s 14th headmaster effective July 13, 2013.