Mouse and Tom Doar (2018)

On the cusp of our Centennial, we are honored to acknowledge two treasured Raiders, Mouse and Tom Doar, as they join the ranks of the "Hannafordians," a term coined by former Board Chair Susan Bondurant when she was acknowledged in 2016. The impact Tom and Mouse have had on our School community is incalculable, and something we all cherish. They are steadfast believers in students and teachers, as are their three children, Tom '00, Charlie '03 and Mullery '06, who were raised as Raiders. They have left an indelible mark on North Shore Country Day School, and we will be forever grateful.
Tom served and steered the School in a variety of ways during his 27-years of service: as teacher, coach, Head of Lower School, Director of Admissions and Development, and 16 transformative years as Head of School. Some of the significant highlights from his tenure include: enrollment growth from 361 students to 524 students, a 45% increase; a strengthened reputation in the surrounding community; expanded student body in all three divisions; increased number of families from local and extended communities;  faculty and staff growth from 82 to 121; endowment growth from $5.5M to $23M; Annual Giving growth from $584,000 to $1.3M; more than $75M raised, $50M in campaigns; campus improvements of $40M including the state-of-the-art Conant Science Center linking all three divisions, renovations of Lower School and Middle School, transformation of Upper School through a new schedule and renovated spaces, modernization of Auditorium and Arts Center, and establishment of The Goodrich House for the Head of School and family—all impacting thousands of students, their families, and hundreds of faculty and staff. It is not an overstatement to say our School has been re-energized. Tom’s steady and passionate leadership—in close partnership with the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, students and friends of the School—made it possible.
For Tom, as with North Shore, it’s all about people. To recognize this fact, upon his retirement in 2016, The Doar Scholarship Fund was established in the endowment, further cementing the Doars’ steadfast belief that students are always at the center of the work we do together at NSCDS. A commitment to scholarship is a commitment to the future, and, in Tom's own words, "It begins and ends with the students in mind." In addition, over the years Tom has mentored countless colleagues, alumni and students, and continues to do so, ensuring his legacy of thoughtful schoolkeeping will echo for generations.
Mouse’s impact on this place is similarly broad and meaningful. Her heart, style and sensibilities are evident everywhere in our halls, buildings and culture. For decades, she enthusiastically offered her time and energy, devoting her creativity as an active volunteer in the Parents' Association, Country Day Fairs, Women's Board/Benefit Board, special-event celebrations and day-to-day life on campus. She led with her whimsical style in creating fun and festive auctions that raised significant funds for special projects impacting students and faculty, each and every year. Mouse's design talents added to the warmth of our School's spaces and can be felt in the colors and textures throughout the School where she offered input on wall and floor colors, as well as lighting and windows. Mouse knew in her bones, long before it became trendy, that carefully curated school spaces can transform learning. If those spaces are the “third teacher,” at North Shore, then Mouse is surely a master teacher herself. The welcoming spirit she nurtured at North Shore can be felt in the halls, classrooms, library, cafeteria, walkways and links between buildings, where we all interact on a daily basis, continually feeling her presence and care.
In their actions and in their very being, Mouse and Tom Doar embody North Shore’s core values: commitment to educating the whole child; partnerships among teachers, parents and students; respect for the individual in an inclusive environment; access and opportunities for all. Quoting from a student during Tom's retirement year in 2016, "You truly do care for this school and each and every one of its students."
The Doars have left an indelible legacy on North Shore, always willing us forward with optimism and the Doar mantra, “Onward and upward!"

Presented to Mouse and Tom Doar by Head of School Tom Flemma
October 23, 2018
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.