Calvert School alum named headmaster

City native will replace Hall, who is retiring in June after 20 years

November 03, 2003|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore native who has a long association with private schools in the city as a student, teacher and administrator has been named the new headmaster at the Calvert School.

Andrew D. Martire, 32, the upper school head at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J., was selected by Calvert's board of trustees to replace Merrill S. Hall III, who is retiring at the end of June after 20 years as head of the school.

"I'm very excited about coming back," Martire said. "To me, being headmaster at Calvert is a wonderful opportunity."

A 1983 graduate of Calvert and a 1989 graduate of the Gilman School, Martire became a teacher and later an administrator at Gilman after graduating from Princeton University in 1993.

While at Gilman from 1993 to 2001, he served as dean of students, in admissions, financial aid and as director of the school's summer programs as well as coaching football and basketball.

During that time, Martire earned a master of liberal arts degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

Martire will be the sixth headmaster at the 107-year-old Calvert School, in the city's Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood. He also will be one of the youngest heads of school in the area.

"His youth, energy, passion and understanding of the Calvert tradition are all assets," said Jack Luetkemeyer, president of the school's board of trustees.

"He beat out a lot of candidates. We are very enthusiastic that he will be leading the school."

Luetkemeyer said the board initially looked at about 45 candidates during the six-month search for a new headmaster. The board's vote for Martire was unanimous, and he accepted the position immediately, Luetkemeyer said.

In a letter sent to parents and alumni last week, Luetkemeyer said that during the interviews, Martire "articulated an enthusiasm and vision for the future of the school consistent with a great respect for the tradition and heritage that has sustained us for more than a century."

Since 2001, Martire has been at Ranney, a coed school with 725 students ages 3 through 12th grade in Monmouth County along New Jersey's northern shore. Martire heads the upper school with an enrollment of 200.

About 430 pupils are enrolled at Calvert, from prekindergarten through eighth grade. This year, Calvert middle school pupils moved into a $12.5 million building after the school expanded and added seventh and eighth grades.

Martire and his wife, Eva, also a Baltimore native, will be moving to Baltimore next summer with their two children.

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