The Foundation is a volunteer-run section 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed in 2011 to benefit students, staff and administration of Gaithersburg High School. Our mission is guided by a diverse Board of Directors composed of former administrators, teachers and parents of current and former GHS students. We receive input from a large group of community, City and business leaders to help form our goals each year.

The Foundation does not have any paid staff. We rely entirely on volunteers to conduct our activities and assist with our events. Your entire donation goes to serving the Foundation’s goals.

About Gaithersburg High School

Founded in 1904, Gaithersburg High School was the second secondary school established in Montgomery County. Initially, “The Gaithersburg School” was located on Summit Avenue near Old Town. It proudly served the needs of a largely rural farming community, educating students from grades Kindergarten on up. In 1951, the high school moved to the intersection of South Summit Avenue and Md Route 355, a site that it continues to occupy today. In 2013, Gaithersburg High School opened the third building in its history, with the largest facility in Montgomery County.

Through the last 110 years, nearly 30,000 students have graduated from Gaithersburg High School, proudly carrying the Trojan tradition with them.

Awarded 10 grants this school year totaling $14,324

  • La Fuerza –School Beautification: $500
  • Adolescent Peer Support League: $135
  • World Languages Classes – Ellis Island Trip: $2,000
  • ESOL/TESOL Conference: $2,640
  • GHS Book Club FY19-20: $2,400
  • Cosmetology Trip – International Beauty Show – NYC: $2,175
  • AP Summer Camp Institute: $975
  • UMTTR Mental Health First Aid Class: $1,600
  • Literary Magazine – Out of the Blue: $1,500
  • Photoshop Conference/Art Education: $399

Blue color indicates Professional Development Grants

Awarded 11 grants this school year totaling $15,800

  • Science Department Forensics Conference: $1,750
  • NJROTC Grant: $1,500
  • Out of the Blue Literary Magazine: $1,100
  • ESOL/ASCD Conference: $2,495
  • Celebrating Excellence Awards: $1,500
  • Straight A and Honor Roll Assemblies: $1,075
  • Science Nat’l Honor Society – USA Science & Engineering Festival: $1,250
  • GHS Book Club 2017-2018 SY: $750
  • English Department Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater: $1,500
  • National Spanish Honor Society Gala Theater: $1,000
  • Book Club Grant for 2018-2019 SY: $1,880

Blue color indicates Professional Development Grants

Awarded 12 grants this school year totaling $15,195

  • Shakespeare Theater Field Trip – 9th Grade English: $500
  • National Museum of the American Indian – ESOL trip: $300
  • National Council of Social Studies Conference: $337
  • Dream It, Be It – Career Support for Girls: $500
  • The Trojan Times/Journalism: $1,000
  • Text Alive! GHS and Shakespeare Theater Company: $2,500
  • ESOL Trip to Museum of Natural History: $1,032
  • National Spanish Honor Society – El Repertorio Espanol: $1,500
  • AP National Conference: $2,800
  • Out of the Blue Literary Magazine: $1,200
  • AP Calculus Summer Prep: $2,026
  • GHS Academic Success Celebrations: $1,500

Blue color indicates Professional Development Grants