Spencer Gayles
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

Spencer Gayles is the epitome of a well-rounded student. He excels in the academic arena with an all Honors and AP curriculum. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 3.63 GPA. He received full scholarships to LSU and Springhill College and received the Spirit of Auburn Foundation Scholarship. He has chosen to attend LSU where he will march in the Tiger Marching Band.

Spencer is also dedicated to serving the community and living his Catholic faith. He is an active member of the Servants of the Poor, Pro-Life Club and Campus Ministry. He volunteers much of his time to community service. He was recently awarded the Development Office “Jacket Jubilation Meritorious Award” for his countless hours of service which are often done behind-the-scenes for no other reward or recognition other than helping and serving others. He is also a Student Ambassador and is a favorite on the McT Road Shows at his alma mater, St. Ignatius. He is the perfect student to speak on the topic of extracurricular involvement since he is involved in so much at McT!

But the thing Spencer is most passionate about is his music. He plays the violin, the guitar, and saxophone. He is a member of the McT Marching Band, Jazz Band and Symphoic Band. He attributes his self-motivation and persistence to his being a self-taught musician. “Regardless of whether it is learning an instrument or climbing the corporate ladder, it is ultimately up to one’s self to decide whether or not success is plausible.” Spencer feels he learned the importance of teamwork and self –discipline through being a part of the McT marching band. He says, “You have to have a lot of trust in your teammates when you have eighty band members walking backwards and anticipating being in the correct spot at the correct time”. He is also a member of the Chamber Singers, utilizing his musical talents in even another medium.

Spencer is a student who can “do it all and do it well”. His dedication to academics, service to others and his music will take him far in life.

Physical Education Faculty

Gretchen Boykin
P.E. Department Chair
Bio: 8 years at McGill-Toolen and 8 years in education
Education: BS in Dietetics University of Montevallo
Courses: Health, Varsity Volleyball
Extra assignments: Head Volleyball Coach

Carla Berry
Bio: 3nd year at McGill-Toolen, 3 years in Education
Education:Louisiana State University Mass Communications, emphasis in Advertising
Courses: Computer Literacy, Girls Basketball PE
Extra assignments: Girls Basketball Head Coach

Thomas Buhring
Bio: 34 years at McGill-Toolen and 39 years in education
Education: U of Mobile BS in Business, USA BS in Education, USA Drivers ed degree
Courses: Drivers Education
Extra assignments: Football, Golf


Wayne Davis
Bio: 2nd year at McGill-Toolen, 31 years in Education
Education: B.A. Sewanee English; M.A. Auburn Physical Education
Courses: Physical Education, Athletic Weight Training
Extra assignments: Assistant Football Coach

Bill Griffin
Athletic Director
Bio: 24 years at McGill-Toolen and 25 years in education
Education: BS in Physical Education, University of South Alabama 1988
Extra assignments:

Phillip Murphy
Bio: 6 years McGill-Toolen and 12 years in Education
Education: B.S. Social-Science University Of Mobile 2001,Class B Certification- Social-Science 6-12
Courses: Drivers Ed, US History, Boys Baseketball PE
Extra assignments: Head Boy's Basketball coach, Assistant Athletic Director

Louis "D.D." Thompson
Bio: 5 years at McGill-Toolen
Education: Tulane University -BA Physical Education
Courses: P.E.
Extra assignments: Varsity Football Coach,
Head Boy's Golf Coach

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