Supporting the School We Love

The philanthropic support of our community has been central to Boys' Latin's nearly 175-year history. It was through the generosity of alumni, parents and friends that Boys' Latin was able to remain open, moving from Brevard Street in 1960, when the city claimed the School's property through eminent domain.

It is through that same spirit of generosity that a bridge was built 25 years ago to connect our north and south sides of campus. Since then significant new buildings and renovations have occurred including the additions of Ehrhardt Hall (lower school), the Gelston Athletic Center, the Alumni House, Hopkins Hall and Sinclair Hall (upper school), the Iglehart Center, the new Middle School and the list goes on.

You may know that the tuition paid by our students' families covers about 85% of the actual cost of a Boys' Latin education. The remaining costs are covered through the thoughtfulness and generosity of generations of BL supporters, each of whom made their own distinct contribution to the legacy of the school we all love.

These contributions have added, and continue to add, immeasurably to the BL experience. They help do so much: to provide compensation for our exceptional faculty; allow for the maintenance of our beautiful campus; offer tuition assistance for deserving students; and ensure that we have the means to offer all our students unparalleled educational experiences.

Put simply, donations from people like you help sustain Boys' Latin, and all gifts make a difference. In fact, these are not only gifts, they are investments-investments in the kind of true excellence only BL can offer.

There are many ways to give to Boys' Latin. The job of our Advancement Team is to present you with the options and the best fit for the kind of gift you would like to make. Gifts over $100 are recognized through the following giving clubs:

  • The Spirit Club - $100 to $249
  • The Ink Well Club - $250 to $499
  • The Maroon & White Club - $500 to $999
  • The Laker Club - $1,000 to $1,843
  • The Founder's Club - $1,844 to $2,499
  • The Headmaster's Club - $2,500 to $4,999
  • The President's Club - $5,000 to $9,999
  • The Chairman's Club - $10,000 to $24,999
  • The Boys' Latin Club - $25,000 and more
  • The Jack Williams Society - Cumulative Annual Giving of $25,000 and more

No matter what type of gift you might be considering, I encourage you to talk with us. And thank you once again for your exceptional generosity.

J. Patrick Gugerty '83, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement

John G. Bowling H'10 Scholarship

After serving Boys' Latin for more than 50 years, John Bowling leaves behind a remarkable legacy. In recognition of his immeasurable contributions, eight alumni have committed $125,000 to establish the John G. Bowling H'10 Scholarship. Others in the BL community are encouraged to participate and collectively match these gifts to honor Mr. Bowling in this most special and meaningful way. Click here to make an online gift or contact the Development Office at 410-377-5192 for more information.


If your company has a matching gift program, you may be able to double the impact of your contribution to Boys' Latin. These donations help us do more for our boys - whether that's more books in the library, more field trips or more faculty enrichment. Many companies offer matching gift programs for their employees and some of these programs also extend to retirees or spouses. Ask your human resources or benefits department if your company has a program or click here to see a list of top matching gift companies. Thank you for helping us make your donation go twice as far!

Ten Ways to Support BL

Donate today to one of our established funds: Interested in helping future generations of Lakers afford tuition? Or supporting special student programs like Robotics or theater? How about leaving a lasting legacy on campus in the form of a capital improvement? Or ensuring faculty members have the ability to grow and develop professionally in ways that benefit every one of their students? Current funds include the Boys' Latin Laker Fund to support the salaries of outstanding faculty and need-based financial aid for deserving boys. Last year, this Fund raised just over $1.9 million. Whatever your passions or interests, we have a fund, campaign, endowment or giving society that's a perfect match.


Consider committing to a monthly gift: Making smaller donations on a regular schedule is a powerful way to support Boys' Latin. Consider what the following recurring monthly gifts could secure for our school:

  • $20: New athletic equipment
  • $30: Costumes for the theater department
  • $40: Replacements for aging musical instruments
  • $50: Materials for the Robotics program
  • $100: Guest educators and speakers to our campus


Make a gift in honor or memory of someone special: Contributing to Boys' Latin in honor or memory of someone special to you is a meaningful way to recognize the importance of this relationship in your life while supporting a school you love.


Remember BL in your estate plan: There are creative ways you can support Boys' Latin through a planned gift that would benefit you, your loved ones and the school all at the same time. Examples of options and benefits include:

  • Make a bequest
  • Name BL as a recipient of a portion of an IRA or another retirement account
  • BL as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy
  • Establish a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust to provide income to you during your lifetime and a gift to BL down the road

We established the Esse Quam Videri Society to honor our alumni, parents, grandparents, friends and supporters who have included Boys' Latin in their estate plans or with other deferred gift arrangements.


Help us attract other donors: From volunteering to working with us to encourage friends and former classmates to make a gift to BL, you can play a key role in ensuring the continued sustainability of our school.


Alumni, stay active with your Alumni Association: Be sure you're included in the alumni directory. Email former teachers to say thank you for their impact in your life. Keep up with old friends and stay updated through class notes.


Volunteer and participate on campus: Your passion, your experience and your time can be of great inspiration to our students and great use to our faculty and administrators. Come back to our campus for events, including Laker Day and Homecoming/Reunion Weekend, to just visit or give a hand.

Give back to a Laker: Provide our students with professional opportunities and internships.


Help us recruit talented students: Send your own sons to Boys' Latin and work with the Admissions Staff to identify other exceptional boys.


Stay in touch: Don't forget to send us your new contact info when you move or change jobs.


Contact us for more information on any of these ways of supporting BL or any other ideas you may have. We're here to listen. We can help you to match your goals with meaningful ways to assist Boys' Latin.

Our Donors

Every year, we have the honor of recognizing our generous donors in our Annual Giving Report.

In the last school year alone, we had nearly 1,500 donors whose impact through their philanthropic support is felt through all we do at our school in providing a singular BL education. We are touched by so many of the stories behind their giving. Here are just a few in their own words.

Raleigh "Rollo" Brent II

Class of 1944

I am proud to say that the Brent family is a Boys' Latin "legacy family." I graduated in 1944 and sons Leigh and Geoff in 1972 and 1977 respectively. For us, it has been a great run at a great school.

Harold G. "Hal" Hathaway III

Class of 1966

How can you ever repay a school, or someone, for having had such a significant and positive impact on your life during those crucial growing-up years? My alumni status is a source of great pride and the friendships I made back then continue to be among my most valued.

David W. Roszel

Class of 1939

In May, I will celebrate my 77th Boys' Latin Reunion. Boys' Latin has been a big part of my life. The School gave me so much and I, in turn, have tried to reciprocate. I have created two named scholarships with the hope that others will benefit, as I did, from a Boys' Latin education.

Bruce D. McLean

Class of 1975

My son, John, BL Class of 2009, and I were very fortunate to experience the advantages of Boys' Latin as students and now as alumni of the School. The fact that I believe in and respect the mission of Boys' Latin and its motto, Esse Quam Videri - To Be, Rather Than To Seem, it was only natural to include Boys' Latin in our estate plan.

Esse Quam Videri Society

Esse Quam Videri, "To be, rather than to seem," the School motto, is the name given to the society established to recognize those who fondly remember the School by including Boys' Latin in their estate plans.

Esse Quam Videri Society Members

Class of 1934: *Page Edmunds II

Class of 1935: *Andrew J. Young III

Class of 1939: David W. Roszel

Class of 1940: George M.S. Riepe

Class of 1941: Strother B. Marshall

Class of 1943: *Eugene Servary

Class of 1944: Raleigh Brent II, *Robert F. Ohrenschall, *Joseph W. Sener, Jr., *Howard R. Simpson

Class of 1945: James E. McDonnell

Class of 1946: Louis A. Demely

Class of 1950: Timothy T. Pohmer

Class of 1952: John H. Ehrhardt III

Class of 1954: John H. Croker

Class of 1955: *James McC. Webster, David W. Meese

Class of 1959: Dyson P. Ehrhardt

Class of 1964: Robert E. Carter

Class of 1965: Harry C. Bowie III

Class of 1966: Harold G. Hathaway III

Class of 1968: Michael G. Trawinski

Class of 1970: Richard B. Kelly

Class of 1972: G. Todd Guntner, William A. Niermann, Jr.

Class of 1973: Charles F. Black, Sr., C. Randall Deering, Stuart D. "Dusty" Farber

Class of 1974: Scott E. Huber

Class of 1975: Philip C. Federico, Bruce D. McLean

Class of 1976: J. McDonald Kennedy, Jr., J. Tim Voelkel

Class of 1979: Stephen M. Dubin

Class of 1984: Thomas G. Blair

Class of 1986: Michael D. LeBlanc

Class of 1993: Jarrett B. Leeb, Dennis H. Weinman


Honorary Alumni: Albert W. Rubeling, Jr., John W. Sieverts


Current Parents: Rachael & Walker S. Mygatt


Former Parents: Anne D. Gee, *Bettie R. Hill

Angela & Gregory S. Horning, Carolyn S. Obrecht


Faculty & Staff: Jean A. Campbell, William S. Dingledine, Stephen M. Dubin, Dyson P. Ehrhardt, *William B. Endres, Armand F. Girard, Anne P. Kellerman, J. McDonald Kennedy, Jr., John W. Sieverts


Friends of Boys' Latin: *McHenry "Mac" Gillet, *George D. Solter


New Members: Thomas G. Blair '84 William A. Niermann, Jr. '72


The Boys' Latin School of Maryland is the state's oldest independent, non-sectarian all-boys school. For students in kindergarten through 12th grade, we provide a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that focuses on building 21st century skills and empowers each boy to achieve his true excellence.