Since that time, service to the community has become ingrained in St. Mark’s culture. The Community Service Program has grown into a major component of life on campus. Each year, Marksmen spend thousands of hours tutoring students at local schools, sorting items at the Salvation Army, and serving meals at Austin Street Center. Outside of the official program, students of all ages give their time to serve the community, organizing donation drives, teaching summer tutorial programs, and participating in the McDonald’s Week holiday fundraising drive.
For the past four decades, Goals for St. Mark’s has provided a road map for the future. Goals II and Goals III, launched in 1990 and 2002, respectively, laid out steps for the School’s growth over the decades. The results of those steps are all across campus, some more visible than others. Nearburg Hall, the A. Earl Cullum, Jr., Alumni Commons and the W. W. Browning, Jr., Great Hall, a robust College Counseling Program, an active Alumni Association, and a more than $130 million endowment are just some fruits of the decades of labor driven by Goals.
St. Mark’s has become a stronger and more impressive institution as the years have gone by, led by a committed administration and Board of Trustees with a clear strategic vision. Continual reflection and response is a process that must be repeated regularly for the School to continue to exceed expectations.