John Schmick named Gilman headmaster

Longtime teacher and alumnus picked to lead school after 7-month search

January 26, 2008|By Sumathi Reddy

John E. Schmick has been appointed the new headmaster of the Gilman School, a private boys school in North Baltimore.

Schmick, a graduate of Gilman's Class of 1967, has worked at the school in various capacities for the past 34 years, according to a news release.

He began as a fifth-grade homeroom teacher in 1974. After teaching in the lower and upper schools, he served as director of admissions and financial aid, Upper School head, and assistant headmaster.

Schmick, 59, of Lutherville, has served as acting headmaster since July, after the resignation of Jon C. McGill.

Schmick's grandfather, William F. Schmick Sr., and his father, William F. Schmick Jr., were presidents of the old A.S. Abell Co. and publisher of the Sun newspapers. His brother, William F. Schmick III, was metropolitan editor of The Sun in the 1970s.

Schmick's appointment follows a seven-month search. The school's board of trustees unanimously approved his appointment, effective immediately.

"John Schmick embodies the best of Gilman and the type of man we wish our boys to become," said Charles C. Fenwick Jr., president of the Gilman board of trustees, in a statement. "He instills a sense of honor and integrity in each young man he encounters. He is the leader who will advance our commitment to educating boys in mind, body and spirit."

Schmick continued to teach English and coached lacrosse as an administrator.

Schmick said yesterday he is looking forward to completion of a renovation project and construction of a new student academic center, and implementing a long-range plan, which includes making the campus more environmentally friendly.

"I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and support I've had from this community," said Schmick. "I'm extremely blessed to be surrounded by very, very capable faculty and administrators and absolutely outstanding kids."

Schmick is a 1971 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a master's degree in education from Towson University in 1981. He served in the Maryland National Guard and is a former member of the board of trustees of Roland Park Country School and the Jemicy School.

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