Throughout its 113-year history, St. Mark’s has taken numerous leaps forward to ensure that the School is well-equipped to educate and develop character-driven leaders. In the 1960s, the School saw a need to expand its science education facilities and the McDermott and Green families stepped up to lead the construction of the state-of-the-art Science & Mathematics Quadrangle, which helped elevate St. Mark’s to the national stage. That building, with its iconic planetarium and observatory dome, signaled to the Dallas community that St. Mark’s was serious about doing exceptional things in education. It attracted the curiosity of young boys who would grow up to become national leaders, like technology entrepreneur Steve Winn ’64. As he stood before the new Winn Science Center bearing his family’s name in 2019, Steve recalled, “The Science-Math Quad was the catalyst that brought me to St. Mark’s. My dream formed the first time I saw it. I didn’t know Cecil Green and Eugene McDermott, but their generosity built this most amazing place, and I became fixated on becoming a part of it.”
Just as the McDermotts and Greens contributed to a transformative facility in the 1960s, the Science Center Project leaders, including the Winns and other families, are ensuring a strong future for St. Mark’s. One of the Project’s supporters, Alan Schoellkopf ’91, has personally witnessed St. Mark’s multigenerational impact. His father, an alumnus from the Class of 1960 and a former St. Mark’s Trustee, ingrained in Alan the importance of philanthropy and community support.
“My parents have always shown a steadfast commitment and dedication to St. Mark’s that is important to me to continue for generations to come,” Alan said. “We all want to see our lives have meaning beyond our own lifetime and supporting St. Mark’s allows me a chance to share what is meaningful and important in sustaining future success and greatness.”
Today, Alan watches his son, a member of the Class of 2027, attend classes on the same campus and, in some cases, with the same teachers who shaped his own youth. And just as his father inspired him, Alan hopes that his generosity will inspire his son’s generation. “If you are thankful and appreciative of what you have been given by those before you, contribute now and don’t wait. Your legacy does not begin later in life. It starts today.”
This fall, when Alan’s son enters Middle School, he will be among the first students to learn in the renovated McDermott-Green Physical Science Center. The renovation efforts will modernize 25,000 square-feet of classrooms, labs, offices, and meeting spaces while also honoring the memory of its benefactors. As students enter this building and look to the future, it is important that they also are reminded of the strong foundation upon which St. Mark’s is built.