If we had to choose ONE WORD to describe the 2018-19 school year, it would be EXTRAORDINARY.

Nearly 1,200 donors contributed to Porter-Gaud, a record high. The endowment experienced remarkable growth to $18.5 million and we achieved 100% faculty participation and 61% parent participation in the Cyclone Fund.
Who wants to dance?
Also, more than 450 volunteers gave their time and talents to help us grow, to enhance the student experience, and to bring our entire community together.

THANK YOU parents, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents, past parents, corporations, and friends for making us a philanthropic priority in 2018-19. We are deeply grateful.

The 2018-19 Annual Report celebrates your spirit of giving. THANK YOU for making Porter-Gaud the special place it is. THANK YOU for making these moments of discovery, joy, and inspiration possible.

"This past year, with your support, we’ve accomplished so much; upholding the quality of our outstanding faculty, expanding the curriculum and College Counseling experience, maintaining balanced budgets, and strengthening alumni engagement and our O'Quinn partnership. What remains the same? A deeply talented and fiercely dedicated faculty and staff who encourage, support, and mentor our students. A leadership team seeking the continuous pursuit of our mission. A loyal and generous Porter-Gaud community whose efforts make it all possible. Thank you."
D. DuBose Egleston Jr. '93, Head of School
Book tastings are a student favorite in the Lower School.
Upper School computer science students participate in annual Shark Tank projects with local tech execs.
Winterim in the Middle School provides students with an opportunity to explore interests outside the classroom.
"My ONE WORD is PROGRESS. Since I have been involved in the PG community, both as a student and as a faculty member, I have seen a lot of positive change. The progress is seen in our new buildings, increased curriculum offerings, and in our community diversity."
Travis Smith '09, Strength & Conditioning Director for Athletics



Commencement 2019
"My ONE WORD to describe Porter-Gaud is LEARNING. One of the most important parts of a teacher's job is to help children with their learning and to encourage a life-long love of learning. To model this, they see me learning, too. We are learning together!
Marie Renton, Third Grade faculty member

What is your ONE WORD to describe Porter-Gaud?


Annual Giving continued to soar in 2018-19 through unrestricted and restricted giving.

The eighth-grade Outward Bound experience builds memories and friendships for life.
"My ONE WORD is FAMILY. The sense of family is palpable anytime I visit the campus and is evident by watching the student body interact with each other and their teachers. It is truly a nurturing environment for our grandchildren."
Betsy Saal, Grandparent and Donor
100th Day in the Lower School
Homecoming Pep Rally
Thanks to a generous Cyclone Fund donation, Chris Singleton shares his message of love and compassion with Middle School students in Life 101.
We love our Grandparents!
Ninth-grade biology students conducting a marsh ecosystem lab.
My one word is INNOVATIVE. Our faculty and staff are constantly looking for new ways to push boundaries and redefine what success looks like for our students. We take pride in listening to students and the community to ensure students' needs are met and to incorporate fresh ideas into the daily routine.
Meghan Robinson, Middle School Math faculty


We are fortunate to have donors, past and present, who are committed to ensuring that Porter-Gaud will thrive for generations.

NBA Milwaukee Bucks' forward Khris Middleton '09 receives the key to the city of Charleston from Mayor Tecklenberg.
"The goal of the Khris Middleton Scholarship is to provide funding for a diverse group of students, who without help, would not have the financial means to attend Porter-Gaud. I dedicate much of my success to what I learned inside and outside of the classroom at Porter-Gaud, and I want to give that same opportunity to other kids in Charleston."
Khris Middleton '09 of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks
Robbie Prentice '20 was the was the 2018-19 Richards Memorial Scholarship recipient. He traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos for an unforgettable service trip.

WATCH Tower Society: GROWTH

By including Porter-Gaud in their wills or estate plans, planned giving donors make an impact beyond their lifetime.


Our Parent Association led the charge supporting our students, student-athletes, faculty, and staff.

Their tireless volunteer hours and fun-filled events continue to build an inclusive and welcoming school community.

The Halloween Carnival is one of the biggest community events of the year hosted by the Parent Association.

The Fathers Association provided food and concessions for numerous school and sporting events, as well as athletic equipment for our teams.


Junior class marshals lead in the graduates at Commencement.


College T-shirt Day signals the next chapter for our seniors.

Alumni Giving: Loyal

Our 5,000 + alumni are the foundation for our School and this great community. We are honored they call Porter-Gaud home.

Alumni enjoyed Legends & Lore - storytelling, advice, and antics from revered English faculty members, Dr. Bill Slayton and Wesley Moore.
San Francisco alumni event at the Bourbon & Branch.

Leadership Board Lists

Thank you to our volunteer leadership boards for their dedication and commitment to Porter-Gaud. Your example for our students, fellow parents, and volunteers expands Porter-Gaud's reach across the Lowcountry and beyond.

Porter-Gaud Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Thomas Appleby '77
  • Mrs. Wanda Boyd
  • Dr. Melvin Brown '87
  • Mr. Jim Buxton '91
  • Mr. Hank Cheves '87
  • Mr. Walker Colman '82
  • Mr. Peter Fennelly
  • Mrs. Deirdre Fortson
  • Mrs. Suzanne Kelley '94
  • Mr. Paul Kohlheim
  • The Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence
  • The Rev. Caleb Lee
  • Dr. John McCardell Jr.
  • Mr. Ford Menefee '79
  • Mr. Ovie Mughelli '98
  • The Rev. Dr. Greg Synder
  • Mrs. Jennifer Theim
  • Mr. Jonathan Weitz '87
  • Dr. Preston Wendell '97
  • Mrs. Debra Wilson


  • Mr. DuBose Egleston Jr. '93, Head of School
  • Mr. Francis C. Ford IV '94

The Porter-Gaud Foundation Board

  • Mrs. Denise Apple
  • Mr. Ryan Bluestein '91
  • Mrs. Courteney Cavatoni
  • Mr. Charles P. Darby IV '01
  • Mr. Francis C. Ford IV '94, Chair
  • Mr. Michael Handler
  • Mr. Richard B. Morse '99
  • Mr. Granger C. Osborne Jr. '95
  • Ms. Greer Polansky '88
  • Ms. Elizabeth Schott Saal
  • Mr. Richard Star
  • Mr. Thomas Trouche '82


  • Mrs. Shannan Bickerstaff, Parent Association
  • Mr. D. DuBose Egleston Jr. '93, Head of School
  • Mr. G. Craig Stewart III, Executive Director of the Foundation
  • Mr. W. Ashley Theim '98, Alumni Association
  • Mr. Ford Menefee '79, Trustee
  • Mr. George B. Walton III, Fathers Association



POWERFUL: Your belief in the power of a Porter-Gaud education helps create and sustain our unique and vibrant learning community!


Porter-Gaud is an Episcopal, coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school. We acknowledge the sovereignty of God, recognize the worth of the individual, and seek to cultivate a school community that endows its citizens with a foundation of moral and ethical character and intellect. Porter-Gaud fosters a challenging academic environment that honors excellence in teaching and learning, respects differences, expects honesty, and applauds achievement. The school strives to create an environment that nurtures and protects what we value most in our children: their faith, their curiosity, their talents, their integrity, their humanity, and their dreams.

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