On Friday, November 18, in our annual Thanksgiving message to alumni, parents, and faculty, we referenced recent news stories that connect St. Mark’s to ideas expressed by one of our graduates that conflict directly with our core values and principles. Just one day later, video footage emerged of this alumnus leading a white nationalist meeting in Washington, D.C., bringing even greater attention to these hateful, divisive, racist, and anti-Semitic views. This has been deeply troubling and terribly upsetting to our whole school community. At St. Mark’s, we reject racism and bigotry in all its forms and expressions. Our mission, values, and programs stand in direct opposition to these vulgar ideas. In light of such comments, our mission to develop boys of strong character, compassion, empathy, and courage has increasing relevance and importance.
We are proud that many of our graduates, parents, students, and other community members are expressing their outrage and disgust toward these ideas; while at the same time, they are demonstrating support for the school they know and love. One of the great hallmarks of St. Mark's School of Texas is that we treat one another with great care and respect, honoring our important differences while at the same time focusing on the common values and principles that bind us together. We remain deeply committed to including and valuing all students of different backgrounds, races, religions, beliefs, and experiences, and our commitment to those ideals is paramount and immutable.
Thank you for your support.
David W. Dini
Eugene McDermott Headmaster