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St. Genevieve-Gibbons Hall


St. Genevieve/Gibbons Hall blended the educational philosophies and traditions of Gibbons Hall School for Boys and St. Genevieve Prep when it was created as a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school for grades K-9 in 1971. The school emphasized development of the whole individual, including the spiritual, intellectual, social and physical. SG/GH merged with Asheville Country Day School in 1987 to form Carolina Day School.


House Teams Provide Competitive Focus

by Mary Jane Maloney Leone

push_ball.jpgWhen Gibbons Hall was founded in 1949, the boys in grades 4-8 were assigned to house teams, Newman or Lafosse. These names – Newman and Lafosse –recalled the achievements of dedicated priests in nineteenth century England and France, respectively. Assigned to the A, B, or C team according to his height and weight, a boy and his brothers played on the same house team in a given year, although they probably played on both Newman and Lafosse throughout their Gibbons Hall careers. Originally, the boys’ athletic program included football, basketball, and boxing. Mr. Pinto believed strongly that boxing taught positive skills; he personally taught boxing and tumbling. In the 1960s, boxing gave way to baseball and soccer as team sports.

When St. Genevieve grammar school and Gibbons Hall merged into the coed St. Genevieve-Gibbons Hall in 1971, the girls in grades 4 – 9 were assigned to Cones and Needles House teams, retaining the reference to the school’s origins as St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines. In addition to field hockey in the fall season and archery, girls played basketball in winter and, for many years, softball in spring. During the final years of SG/GH, older girls could participate in a coed tennis team.


The grand finale of the athletic year was Field Day, held each May, with House Team competitions. A number of track events gave each student an opportunity to compete and to receive a ribbon. The raucous and passionate...

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