Western High School Foundation's History

Our School, Our Why

Now more than ever in our nation’s history, Western High School matters. Western is an institution uniquely positioned to advance today’s young women academically and holistically. The school offers an array of timeless traditions and trailblazing programs, developed through real-time experience with thousands of girls year after year since 1844. Western is the oldest all-girls school in the nation with a remarkable legacy which informs and uplifts its students, faculty, administrators and community.

The Foundation

As Western’s 175th Anniversary approached, Principal Michelle White and a small group of alumnae worked together to frame the formation of an enduring foundation to preserve and strengthen Western High School’s reputation.

They believed the school deserved greater prominence and support. They believed in Western as an important institution more relevant than ever to advance young women to become strong future leaders in our city, country and world. 

In March 2020, Western High School Foundation Inc. was incorporated as a Maryland non-stock, non-profit corporation with officers (shown) Carolyn Bodie O’Keefe (WHS’74) president; Luwanda Jenkins (WHS ’80) vice president; Carla Nealy (WHS ’82) treasurer; and Christine McKee (WHS ’74) secretary. Constance Baker, Esq. (’65) served as legal advisor in forming the corporation and continues today.

Since its founding, Lee Kappelman (WHS ’72) Brenda Morant (WHS ’62) and Monique Cox (WHS ’93) have joined the WHSF Board. In Spring 2022, Monique Cox became president of the foundation.

All contributions to the Western High School Foundation, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, are tax deductible.

Western High School has tremendous aspirations, challenges and needs. Please contribute generously to keep our legacy strong and to enhance the future of Western students as strong leaders for our local community, the nation and the world.

Please DONATE today! You can donate online via the button below or make checks payable to Western High School Foundation.

For checks, please mail to Western High School Foundation, 6673 Walnutwood Circle, Baltimore, MD 21212.

For information or questions, please email whsfoundation1844@gmail.com. THANK YOU!

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