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Wesley "Wes" Shiflett graduated a few weeks ago from The Key School and is ready to ride off into the sunset, just like that iconic scene from many movies. Only, it won't be the end of Shiflett – or the movies he's created or the ones down the road that will someday bear his imprint.

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Fusco Athletic Park

The Key School finalized its purchase of the seventy acre parcel of land formerly known as the Annapolis Golf Club on August 13, 2013. By unanimous Board vote, the property was officially named The Key School Fusco Athletic Park, honoring the generous and long-time philanthropic support of current parents Kristin and Jack Fusco and the Fusco Family Foundation. Kristin and Jack are parents of two Key alumni, Anthony ’09 and Christopher ’10, and current student Mark '19.

In addition to their significant financial support of Key’s Endowment, Annual Fund and bricks and mortar endeavors over the past seventeen years, the Fusco's provided early pivotal commitment for the purchase of the Annapolis Roads property. Without their unprecedented gift, combined with those of 25 other visionary donors, Key would not have been able to realize the acquisition of this magnificent property.

Key School Fusco Athletic ParkLeading Key to this once in a lifetime juncture was parent and former Board of Trustees president Wes Jones, who tirelessly helped navigate this complex acquisition. His unwavering vision and his boundless energy to pursue this dream on behalf of Key have helped transform the face of our beloved school. Generous donors and he have forever changed the legacy of Key School.

The most recent site development plan for Fusco Athletic Park includes three athletic fields, eight tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a 1.7 mile nature trail, a pool, and attendant support structures including a maintenance facility. Approximately 44 acres will remain undisturbed. This plan represents an evolution in the design resulting from input received from Anne Arundel County’s zoning office, residents of Annapolis Roads, and Key’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. Having received approval of the preliminary site plan, Key is now moving forward with the County’s review of the final site plan as well as with the procurement of the necessary building and grading permits.

Enthusiasm grows as the School continues to envision the myriad benefits of this historic acquisition. It is abundantly evident that by supporting Key’s athletic, outdoor and environmental programs, the Fusco Athletic Park will serve Key students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve for many generations to come.


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Contact Justine Rosenberg, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Director, 410-263-9231 ext. 1228 for additional information.

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Visionary Donors

Key thanks the following visionary donors whose early financial commitment made possible the acquisition of Fusco Athletic Park.

  • Randi and Jon Altschuler
  • Chuck Anthony and Iris Krasnow
  • Missy and Dan Attridge
  • Mark Baganz and Laurie Salladin
  • Georgie and Ted Berkinshaw
  • Marie and Jerry Brockhurst
  • Pat Edwards
  • Chris and Dawn Ellis
  • Kristin and Jack Fusco
  • Jim and Linda Humphrey
  • Wes Jones and Dawn Madak
  • Steven Kahle
  • Larry and Kristin Kast
  • Bernt and Maria Killingstad
  • Art and Leslie Kudner
  • Lori and Jerry Mathis
  • Troy Mayer '06
  • Sally Palmquist and Scott Griffin
  • Chris and Jim Peterson
  • Rob Posner and Sharon Roberts
  • Rathmann Family Foundation
  • Wendell Webster
  • Sim and Currie Wooten
  • Stephen and Alexandra Wrage
  • Alanna and Ed Wright
  • Marcella and Roger Yedid
A special thanks to Jim Praley, Trustee from 2002-2009 and parent of two Key alumni, for donating countless hours of legal advice and service to Key in support of the acquisition of Fusco Athletic Park.