More than 100 alumni celebrated their memories of Rabun Gap on May 31-June 2
It was an exciting weekend May 31-June 1 as more than 100 alumni and alumni families returned to campus for Heritage Homecoming.
This year’s group of Heritage Homecoming attendees had the opportunity to enjoy lunch and breakfast in the new Richard and John Woodruff Dining Hall. They also witnessed the unveiling of the Alumni Plaza. The Alumni Plaza offers patio dining on the north end of the building overlooking the international flag plaza and barn in the distance. The Alumni Plaza stands as a testament to alumni giving and offers a welcoming spot for students and alumni alike.
Elizabeth and Jon Barnwell’92, Susan and Steve Gilliam’66, Melinda and Ricky James ‘70 and Connie ‘02 and Seth Jones ‘02 were the lead donors on the Alumni Plaza. Each year, a plaque with names of alumni donors will be hung on the patio to celebrate their care of their alma mater and to inspire future philanthropy among new generations of students and alumni.
The annual Heritage Homecoming celebration kicked off Friday, May 31 with afternoon registration and refreshments at the Alumni Heritage Center. The annual Alumni Memorial Chapel Service was held in the Emily and ErnestWoodruff Chapel on Saturday, June 1. Alumni, faculty, and family members gathered to remember the Rabun Gap alumni and employees who have passed away since last year’s event. Head of School Dr. Anthony Sgro offered the Scripture and Homily.
Those honored were: Marlar ML Carpenter, 1940 HS; 1942 JC Sue Anderson Vandiver 1942 JC Leta Keener Murat 1946 Mary Carolyn Philyaw Shirley 1947 Edward Wayne Dickerson 1949 James C. Hogan 1949 David Lee Booker 1950 Carolyn Carnes Brewer 1951 Robert H. Philp, Jr. 1952 Mary Jean Hopper Barber 1953 Ben Hyde 1953 Larry Milton Keener 1954 Thomas E. George 1957 Henry Dwain Ward 1959 Roger Dale Anderson 1962 Lillie Stancil Billingsley 1963 Michael Vincent Geiger 1968 Laura Yarbrough Barron 1969 Kathy Long Blalock 1972 Wallace Gordon Southwell III 1976 James Rogers 1980 Tia Rowe 1985 Ivey Williams Eberly 2003 Lisa Oppelt 2018 Robert “Bob” Bennett, Former Staff Thomas Poe, Former Faculty Dr. Karl Anderson, Former Head of School
Head of School Dr. Anthony Sgro and his family attended this year’s Alumni Luncheon held in the new dining hall and Dr. Sgro shared a final farewell to alumni before departing to take on the Head of School role at Asheville School on July 1.
The Alumni Association scholarship recipient, Petey Webster ‘20 of Franklin, NC, addressed alumni in attendance and shared the impact being a student at Rabun Gap has had on him.
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.