Darryn Sandler, Greenhill alum, teacher, coach, advisor, and more, wrote the following words on the spirit of Greenhill and why Homecoming can be such a uniting force in the school community.
Two weeks ago, Seniors Devin Bullock and Mikey Stanley spoke to the student body at the Upper School assembly for about ninety seconds. In that short minute and a half, they demonstrated the class and leadership that has been displayed by the senior class and has had such a positive impact on the entire Upper School.
Devin and Mikey delivered two messages. First: “Thank you to the students and faculty who took the time to come out and support the football team on a Thursday night and at our previous games. It really means a lot to all of us on the team.”
We always hear the captains of their respective sport teams get up at our typical C-day assemblies and thank the students for coming out to support them after a big win. The only difference is that the football captains did not do this following a big win. I would argue, though, that these young men are winning. They go all out every week, giving everything they have with fewer people on their roster than any of their opponents. Coach Jeff Hollway is teaching these boys about leadership, work ethic, commitment, teamwork, and dedication. Members of the football team are not walking around with a defeated attitude or bringing down the morale of the Upper School. They are cherishing their time in football and with each other while trying to find ways to build the spirit and pride of the Greenhill student body.
The second message that Devin and Mikey delivered was to go out and support the other sports and events on campus. “If you can come out to a football game on a Thursday night, then there is no excuse not to go out and support our volleyball and field hockey teams during the week.”
This is a powerful message. This was the first time that I have ever heard the captains of one of our athletic teams ask the student body to support the other teams on campus. Mikey and Devin conveyed why Greenhill is such a special place to be a student, an employee, and alum: At Greenhill, we value the entire community. Mikey and Devin encouraged the students to have pride in all of our students and teams.
In the week following the message from Mikey and Devin, I attended two volleyball games. About half the football team and several other students came to support our volleyball teams. On Saturday, Holland Hall and Greenhill battled it out for the top seed in North Zone. Following a late night football game in Cedar Hill, about twenty football players showed up to cheer on their peers. It was exciting to see the pride these students felt when our athletes were playing and succeeding on the court. After trailing two games to zero, our girls fought hard to pull out a 16-14 comeback in the fifth and decisive game to earn the top seed heading into SPC. Many of the volleyball players said that the crowd helped them keep their heads up and focused during this great comeback!
With such great leadership from the senior class, we have reached a time in which school spirit is at the best I have witnessed during my 21 years at Greenhill as a student, alum, and faculty member. This is extremely exciting as we enter Homecoming Week. With school spirit and pride at a high, I am excited to see the students, faculty, parents and alums come even closer together during this exciting week for the community.