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Webb announces anonymous $100 million donation

Cathy Wang
Webb recently receives $100 million donation from an anonymous alumnus.

The largest act of philanthropy in Webb history caused quite a stir last week, as the school announced an anonymous $100 million donation, leading to many ideas on how this large sum of money should be spent.

While the donor wishes to remain nameless, the Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale, who knew the donor personally, was willing to provide some more information.

“He is a completely self-made person,” Mr. Stockdale said. “He is always focusing on the students, and not just the super-star students, but all the students. He made the donation in honor of his parents because they really had to sacrifice to [send him to Webb]. He wasn’t from a really wealthy family.”

The donation is an estate gift, meaning that Webb will receive the money after the donator passes away.

“He is in good health, so we won’t be getting it soon, [laughter],” Mr. Stockdale said. “And he jokes about that with me.”

Due to the donation timeline, Mr. Stockdale expresses that it is difficult at this point for the school to provide a detailed plan of how the money will be spent.  However, Mr. Stockdale enumerated a few things high-up on his personal wish list, including the installation of air-conditioning throughout the campus, refurbishing the sprinkler systems in the dorms, restoring the chapel, renovating the gym, the library, and the dorms.

In the long run, Mr. Stockdale also suggested some more ambitious plans, including a more advanced science-robotics lab and even an artificial intelligence lab, stronger partnership programs with nearby institutions like California Institute of Technology, and potentially incorporating travel-abroad programs as part of the student’s tuition.

Meanwhile, it is important to keep in mind that apart from this donation, there were about 150 other gifts made to Webb since the beginning of the Centennial Campaign, each of them invested in Webb making a better place.

“Every square inch of our campus represents someone making a gift to the school,” Mr. Stockdale said. “It’s not just the place, it’s all the people that represent that.”

Understandably, the news of the gift came as a shock to the student body and fostered many ideas about how it should be spent.

“I was quite shocked to know that someone feels so strongly about our community to donate that amount of money,” Mia Baldwin (‘22) said. “However, I can understand where they come from; Webb is a one-of-a-kind place.”

Another senior, Charlie Sun (‘22) had a different reaction.

“I’m so sad because I’m already a senior,” Charlie said. “When they actually spend the money on buildings, I will be gone.”

Despite the different opinions, students unanimously agreed on several projects that this donation should be used for.

“I hope we can have air conditioners in our dorm,” Eric Luo (‘24) said.

“We should have AC in every dorm,” Charlie said.

“I also, personally, think there should be an AC in the gym,” Mia said.

While air conditions across campus are popular, Webb students also expressed some other great ideas.

“Webb should change the basketball court up at the gym and the food,” Charlie said. “We should also have more weekend trips to places around LA. In previous years, we had skiing trips, I would definitely like to have more of them.”

“I believe that helping with financial aid, especially after the tragedy that was COVID, will be extremely beneficial.” Mia said.

In fact, improving Webb’s financial aid program is a major priority for the school as well. As Mr. Stockdale explains, Webb is built on meritocracy, not wealth. The donation will help Webb turn such vision into reality through further alleviating economic barriers.

“[The donor] is always looking after the students who need to be given a shot,” Mr. Stockdale said. “He is a big believer that there’s genius in every one of us, and we just need to find ways to get as many kids here to Webb who want to be here and are hardworking and honorable.”

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An avid music listener, George Cardenas (‘23)’s perfect weekend involves a homework-free day at the beach with “Night Boat to Cairo” by Madness blasting in the background. In fact, George considers himself to be a very easy-going, optimistic person, who loves nothing more than relaxing with his friends or experimenting on the piano. Although he does enjoy tranquility, George also works with his fellow members of the WSC honor cabinet to uphold Webb’s Honor Code. George is passionate about staying up to date with current events and wants to continue keeping everyone informed during his time on the Webb Canyon Chronicle. A typical Capricorn, George is disciplined, strategic, and clever— similar to a wolf, his self-proclaimed spirit animal. George looks forward to working on the WCC this year as Co-Editor of News and hopes to write authentic, factually correct articles that enlighten the Webb community. Favorite song: "Tadow" by FKJ and Masego
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Whether it’s her closest friends or her fellow classmates, everyone who knows her agrees that Jovana Luna ('24) is an unforgettable presence on Webb’s campus. As a Feature editor of the Webb Canyon Chronicle, she is keen on improving the publication by expressing her creativity through multimedia endeavors on the WCC website. Beyond her academic pursuits, she possesses a musical flair and has mastered the electric guitar over five years to serenade her friends and neighbors alike with songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody". She is an avid fan of classic rock and Taylor Swift, her favorite artist. Attending a Taylor Swift concert over the summer has only deepened Jovana’s love of her music after her amazing experience. Jovana has been an avid dancer for the entirety of her life and enjoys performing even at Webb. During the summer, she had a bustling schedule working at Coldstone Creamery, but she never forgot to walk her beloved dog, Apollo, every morning. Now that she’s back at school, Jovana's weekends are filled with quality time spent with friends as they hang out and talk together.   Song: Long Live - Taylor Swift
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Cathy Wang (‘22), an international boarding student from Shanghai, returns to Webb this year not only as the Editor-in-Chief for the WCC- but also as a dorm prefect and admissions fellow. She is excited to be back on campus, taking new classes and reconnecting with the Webb community. So far, Cathy’s favorite course that she has taken at Webb has been Advanced Studies Fascism with Ms. Fisher, which she enjoyed because of how the course related to current issues that she cares about, such as education and gender inequality. These are just a few of the topics that Cathy hopes to shed some more light on, both via the WCC and in person. Outside of classes, Cathy enjoys playing badminton and tennis, reading Latin literature or magical realism, and taking occasional trips to the Claremont Village. Additionally, you might also find her sipping her daily coffee or eating any kind of Japanese food. As the world slowly comes back from the pandemic and Webb shifts to in-person learning, Cathy hopes for the WCC to serve as a facilitator for the Webb community in fostering much-needed connections between people. Favorite song: "I Lost A Friend" by Finneas
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