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.


Contributing to our Children's Tomorrow

The McGill-Toolen Foundation was first established in 1978. It began as an organization dedicated to the promotion of alumni support for the high school and the creation of a diocesan office for the organized solicitation of funds. Under the original Foundation, the Catholic High Schools Alumni Association of Mobile (CHSAAM) was formed and the annual fund solicitation program began. In 1996, with the authorization of Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb, the McGill-Toolen Foundation was reconstituted for the purpose of addressing the need for stable, long term financial support for the school. The endowment value reached $1,000,000 in 1997 and has continued to grow with a share of the Annual Fund collections, the receipt of planned giving contributions and prudent investment of the endowment corpus in publicly traded stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

The Foundation's investment program utilizes the services of a compensated institutional investment advisor and is overseen by a fifteen member board composed of active and retired professionals from a variety of fields.

Planned Giving

Do you want to help shape the future of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School? If so, you may want to consider making a planned gift. A planned gift is a gift given through your assets as opposed to your monthly income. The form of the gift could be appreciated securities, real estate, life insurance policy, bequest in your will, charitable trust, gift annuity, retirement account funds or an outright cash gift. In order to achieve its primary goal of providing long-term financial support for the school, the Foundation must look to supporters of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School for growth through planned giving. By making a planned gift to the Foundation you will be recognized with membership in the LIPSCOMB LEGACY SOCIETY and honored at the annual Founder's Dinner.


Memorial gifts to the Foundation meet two important needs. First, the gift allows you to express your feelings at the loss of a loved one and secondly, the gift supports McGill-Toolen's unique and time-honored tradition of educational excellence. Memorial gifts may be restricted or unrestricted. Appropriate cards are sent to the bereaved family indicating your memorial gift was made without disclosing the amount of the gift.

Memorials should be sent to the:
McGill-Toolen Foundation
1501 Old Shell Road
Mobile, AL. 36604

For more information, contact Kathy Killion
(251) 445-2939 or email


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