For more than a century, St. Mark’s has thrived thanks to the unparalleled support of its community. This support proved to be especially essential throughout the 2019–2020 school year. While last year unquestionably presented many challenges, 2019–2020 will ultimately be remembered for the incredible spirit and resiliency shown by our boys, teachers, staff, and community. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, St. Mark’s was able to face both a tornado and a global pandemic within the span of a few months, all the while maintaining our high standard of excellence.
Along the way, our boys put into practice the lessons of Character & Leadership that we strive to instill in every Marksman. In the aftermath of the tornado, boys and families joined together to ensure their community had everything they might need. When COVID-19 forced a sudden transition to online learning, both students and teachers adapted admirably, pivoting to virtual classes with minimal disruption. The ability for St. Mark’s to meet these challenges with great energy and desire to move forward is a direct reflection of the flexibility afforded by our donors. From quickly renovating Spencer Gym for the winter basketball season to supplying all teachers with webcams and laptops for remote classes, St. Mark’s was able to face an uncertain year and maintain focus on its core mission: transforming boys into men of character.
While there are many people in our community deserving of thanks, in particular, I am deeply grateful for the leadership and support of the Development Committee, and the partnership provided by Chair Carl Sewell ’02. In addition, I would like to thank and recognize St. Mark’s Fund Chairs Whitney Strauss and Jamie Rogers ’85 and the army of Alumni and Parent Class Agents and volunteers for their devotion and commitment.
It is with pleasure that we present the digital version of the 2019-2020 Annual Report. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive and interactive assessment of the activities and achievements of the past fiscal year.
Again, thank you for your tremendous support of St. Mark’s. Your gifts have a profound impact on the everyday life of our School.