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Campaign Milestones 2011-2022

The Lives of Consequence campaign was the largest fundraising initiative in the School’s history. We are grateful for the philanthropic partnership of our alumni, parents, and friends which helped St. Mark’s achieve the priorities of the SM2020 Strategic Plan, build our endowment, grow our Annual Fund, and complete transformational capital projects.

October 2011

St. Mark’s 2020 Strategic Plan is adopted, focusing on establishing the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, creating an integrated STEM curriculum, and developing a Global Citizenship program.

Fall 2011
C. Boyden Gray Colloquium is established, a lecture series designed to engage students in the exploration of global issues.

November 2011
The Sargent Family Turf Field is completed.

May 2012
Silent phase of the Lives of Consequence campaign begins.

June 2012
St. Mark’s receives a $5M challenge grant for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Fall 2012
Admissions and College Counseling Offices and Main Reception areas are renovated.

Fall 2012
Taft STEM Research Fellowship program launches.

Fall 2012
Elkins Gymnasium and Armour Cage are fully refurbished.

March 2013
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning opens, becoming the physical and intellectual hub of St. Mark’s.

March 2013
Burnett House opens, a dedicated meeting and lounge area for day students.


September 2013
LEO, the official online academic journal of St. Mark’s, is established though the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

November 2013
First All-School Career Day takes place, sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the Student Enrichment Office.

Spring 2014
First Patterson Grant for Innovation in Teaching and Learning is awarded to the Blended Learning Consortium.

July 2014
The first annual Global Citizenship Institute is sponsored by St. Mark’s.

August 2014
An anonymous donor establishes $1.5M challenge grant to inspire support for the STEM initiative.

Fall 2014
Reconstruction and landscaping of the Athletic Quad is completed.

September 2015
The new STEM Center opens designed to advance best-in-class teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and math.

October 2015
St. Mark’s Sesquicentennial Gala Celebration commemorates 150 years since the School’s founding in 1865.

September 2016
The new academic schedule is launched featuring the SM Saturdays program, which incorporates character and wellness education into Form-based core classes.

December 2016
Financial Aid Challenge inspires $2M in gifts for endowed financial aid funds.

May 2017
Lion Term is launched. This three-week capstone study program cultivates mindfulness, empathy, and self-reflection in students.

May 2017
Lions Roam takes flight, an immersive travel program embedded in the curricular context of a semester or year-long course, made possible by the Crotty Family Endowed Global Citizenship Fund.

January 2018
The Faculty Excellence Fund endowment is established with a $1M gift to support the enhanced compensation initiative.

April 2018
First annual Giving Day raises $242,438 from 551 gifts received from donors across the globe.

October 2018
The T. Jefferson Coolidge, Jr. ’50 Athletic Performance and Wellness Center opens and the remodeled Wiedergott Fitness Room is dedicated.

May 2019
Public launch of the Lives of Consequence campaign, a comprehensive $110M fundraising initiative, with $73M raised during the silent phase.

June 2019
The Faculty Excellence Fund endowment reaches the value needed to start providing salary increases to teachers who have completed milestone years of service.

December 2019
Residential Life Initiative receives $10M in gifts including a $5M bequest and a $2.5M challenge grant from an anonymous donor.

January 2020
The inaugural holder of the Antony and Elsa Hill Asian Studies Chair is installed.

June 2020
The first Global Diplomas are awarded to eight St. Mark’s graduates on Prize Day.

June 2020
The Lives of Consequence campaign receives $21,726,496, setting a new record for total gifts in a single fiscal year.

September 2020
With leadership support in hand, construction begins on the East Gallery, the first phase of the Residential Life Initiative.

March 2021
With over $37M raised in gift commitments, construction begins on the new residence hall.

April 2021
The St. Mark’s School Climate Action Plan: Lions Live Green is adopted, creating a roadmap for reducing the campus carbon footprint by 2025.

May 2021
The Alice Yin Hung ’86 East Gallery is completed, providing a new entrance to the main building, including an art gallery showcasing student work.

June 2021
Fundraising efforts for the Community and Equity Initiative exceed $900,000 in gift commitments.

June 2021
The Annual Fund reaches a record-setting $3,080,021 inspired by the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 2022
St. Mark’s is selected to participate in the University of Pennsylvania Independent School Teaching Residency program.

April 2022
The Burgess Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning is dedicated and Colleen Worrell is installed as the inaugural holder of The Burgess Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning Chair.

October 2022
Patterson-Sculley House, the new residential hall that will reunify all students and faculty on the main campus, is dedicated.