General Purpose Named Endowments


Class of 1958 Fund
In 2008, in honor of their 50th reunion, the Blake class of 1958 established a fund that takes a long-term approach to supporting their alma mater. Their goal was to aggressively grow the corpus of the fund over 25 years through annual classmate giving and compounded interest before the school can take a draw. Then the fund will continue to grow for another 75 years at which time it will become part of the overall Blake School endowment. This unique approach was inspired by the famous Ben Franklin endowment that continues to support programs in Boston and Philadelphia. The Class of 1958 Fund is a novel approach that inspires philanthropy within the class and will become a powerful source of funding for the future of the school.

Henry W. Hart Endowment Fund
Established in 1993, this gift honors the memory of the many dedicated teachers of the predecessor schools of The Blake School. Henry Hart has written extensively, and a recurring theme is the superior education he received at Blake. Sixty years later, the names of his early influences stay fresh in his mind: Foss, Cleveland, Glenn, Owen, Hodgkinson, Lundholm.

The Henry W. Hart Endowment Fund allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence with support beyond that provided by tuition. It helps fund scholarships, teacher advancement, educational programming and improvements to the school's general operations. The Hart Fund is part of a strong permanent endowment base which enables The Blake School to operate a superior educational institution, providing the best academic experience for students and teachers.

Loring Staples, Jr. Endowment Fund
Loring Staples, Sr. was among the first graduates of Blake School in the Class of 1915. His son, Loring Staples, Jr. carried on the Blake tradition, attending as a member of the class of 1946. Two of his grandchildren witnessed the merger of these schools. In 1990, the estate of Loring Staples, Jr. made a very generous gift to the institution that had been so central in his family's life. The Staples Scholarship helps fund scholarships, teacher advancement, educational programming and improvements to the school's general operations.

James R. Thorpe Endowment Fund
Upon his death in 1978, James R. Thorpe created an endowed fund at The Blake School through a bequest: The James R. Thorpe Endowed Fund supports the School's general purpose endowed fund. The foresight and generosity of Mr. Thorpe allows The Blake School to maintain its margin of excellence and support all areas of school needs by providing a crucial income stream for our general purpose endowed fund.

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