- Alumni News
If you have walked into the west entrance of Sears Hall lately you may have noticed a new plaque along the sidewalk. The plaque, which reads "In honor of John McDonald and the Bosworth Family whose generosity made possible enhanced learning environments and opportunities for Elgin Academy students" honors Elgin Academy alum John McDonald. Mr. McDonald and the Bosworth family have long been supporters of Elgin Academy. In May 2016, John McDonald's son Nelson returned to campus to present a planned gift of $400,000 to Elgin Academy. A portion of that donation was utilized to establish The John McDonald Idea Lab in Sears Hall. This unique learning environment offers a variety of opportunities for teachers and students to use the room interactively.