In honor of his retirement after 25 years teaching Middle School science at St. Paul's, family and friends of Howard F. "Howdy" Knipp III have established the Howard F. Knipp III Endowment at The St. Paul's Schools. Reflecting Howdy's lifelong commitment to the environment, the Knipp Fund will support faculty development and student activities in the Middle Schools of St. Paul's School and St. Paul's School for Girls, with an emphasis on the outdoors and the environment.
Howdy joined the SP faculty in 1994 and over the years has taught fifth through eighth-grade science and math, has served as the 7th grade Service Learning Chair, Middle School Science Chair, and seventh and eighth-grade dean. He also coached soccer, baseball, wrestling, lacrosse and helped launch the robust and successful MS squash program. Beyond teaching and coaching, Howdy has shared with students and colleagues his deep and active commitment to the environment. He was a founding Board member of Lake Roland Park, has served as site coordinator of Project Clean Stream and is an active participant in Chesapeake Bay Foundation trips. He frequently organizes SP service days to remove trash and debris from local streams and the Inner Harbor. He is a past recipient of the Alec Schweizer Award for the Advancement of Teaching and Coaching, the Bower Grant, and the Cathy McAuliffe Environmental Leadership Award.
Howdy's ties to St. Paul's run deep: his father, Franklin, was a 1940 graduate of SP; his wife, Paige, is a teacher and Upper School History Chair at St. Paul's School for Girls; and his and Paige's three daughters are proud Gator alumnae: Barbara Knipp Burke SPSG '08, Natalie Knipp SPSG '10, and Norie Knipp SPSG '11.