Curley endowment fund receives $1 million gift

March 01, 2000|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Curley High School, a Roman Catholic boys school in Northeast Baltimore, has received a $1 million gift from a Cockeysville businessman in what is believed to be the largest donation to a secondary school owned by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Alan J. Gebhart, owner of a company that owns and manages commercial and residential real estate, made the gift to the school's endowment trust fund, which pays for student scholarships, faculty development, facility improvements and information technology.

Gebhart did not graduate from Curley, but has served as its varsity wrestling coach for nine years and has been a member of the school's board for more than a decade. He also has served as chairman of the school's development committee.

Gebhart's gift will more than triple Curley's $440,000 endowment fund.

"It's going to be a huge addition to the very small endowment we have. It's going to make a great future for the school," said the Rev. Donald Grzymski, president of Archbishop Curley. "Mr. Gebhart is one of those people who realizes the school has been making great strides and appreciate that it's moving forward."

Gebhart, who is a graduate of the Friends School, said he has been impressed with the approach to education taken by the Franciscan religious order, which runs the school.

"I'm familiar with an awful lot of private schools in Baltimore," he said. While many of them offer excellent academic programs, "Curley does a better job in developing the whole person than any school I know," he said. "I think Curley is really interested in seeing its students develop into the best people they can possibly be, and that goes considerably beyond academics."

Archbishop Curley was founded as the Archdiocese of Baltimore's first secondary school in 1961. It is located on a 33-acre campus in the Belair-Edison neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore and has an enrollment of 560 students.

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