Every fundraising initiative at Blake, whether it is the yearly Annual Fund drive, a special purpose campaign like the Highcroft expansion and renovation, or a massive five-year effort like the 1999-2004 Centennial Campaign, depends upon a small group of major donors to lead the way and inspire others to give. The School owes a great debt of gratitude to these individuals, foundations and organizations. Their willingness to step forward in a significant way is measured not only with dollar signs but also in the buildings, scholarships and innovative programming that will benefit Blake students now and in the generations to follow.
Highcroft Expansion and Renovation leadership
The Center for Science, Design and Research at the Upper School
Jack Edie Endowed World Citizen Fund
Jack Edie worked at Blake for 37 years. In that time he taught history, debate, ethics, international relations, economics and beginning and advanced speech. He also served as baseball coach and varsity debate coach for over 30 years. As Headmaster in 1971-74, he led the school through the difficult and often controversial years of the merger. During summers, he acted as assistant camp director at Camp Warren.
Long before it was popular to think about Global Education, as early as 1945 Jack was speaking to our community about the importance of developing a global view of the world based on a solid understanding of the interdependence that unites us all on planet earth. After he retired from Blake, he was instrumental in creating an organization called Global Education Minnesota (GEM) that impacted not only Blake, but also schools all over the state of Minnesota. Blake has established a fund to honor Jack's dedication to global education.
The Jack Edie World Citizen Fund supports Blake School students and teachers with financial need in their pursuit of knowledge and experiences that broaden their international understanding. Awards from the Edie Fund are made to students or faculty who cannot otherwise afford an international trip for study or other curriculum-related work.
Read more about the Edie Fund and global education at Blake.