Coming Home at Homecoming
Rachelle Garbarine

 

 

 

Students cheering at homecoming game 2019.Photo credit: Azul Photography.

Photos by Azul Photography.

In a nod to our school’s 110th anniversary some 150 alumni and their guests recently gathered in the Crusader Room, which houses reminders of Cardinal Gibbons’ illustrious past, to celebrate Homecoming 2019.

The alumni who attended the September 27 Homecoming reception, complete with a Crusader KidZone, spanned graduation years 1957 to 2019. The attendees came to share memories with classmates, see what is new on campus, and to celebrate their Crusader pride at Gibbons’ version of a large family reunion.

Cheerleaders cheering at homecoming game. Photo Credit: Azul Photography.

Family, friends, home, connected, and welcome were words that were spoken often during the evening celebration. Frank Prevo ’57 talked ardently of his days at Gibbons then known as Cathedral Latin and located in downtown Raleigh.

Prevo, whose children attended Gibbons, also spoke of growing up at the Nazareth Orphanage, which sat on the site that once housed Gibbons’ Western Blvd campus and is now home to Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. The statement pulls him back. At that moment, it seems, he is a youngster describing the hayfield that covered the site long ago and that he worked while living at the orphanage.

Dance team at homecoming 2019.Photo credit: Azul Photography.

Returning to the present, he said: “This school has been part of my life, part of my youth. I love the atmosphere here; I truly do. It is amazing every time I come. No matter how much it has changed I still feel connected. … I’m just hooked.”

“Home and family,” are the words Joey Hoying ’99 used to describe Gibbons. He came to the alumni gathering with his wife and fellow alum, Marilauren’01, and their three children.

“Gibbons is home, always has been, and always will be,” he said. “The family atmosphere and the loving community keeps bringing us back.

“We look forward to our children joining our alumni status years down the road.”

Lauren Leviner '12 and her daughter at homecoming 2019. Photo credit: Azul Photography.

Lauren Leviner ’12 attended the gathering this year to catch up with friends. “I like coming back because my friends still live around Raleigh and it is nice to return to Gibbons to see them,” said Leviner who attended the reception with her husband, Adam, and their18-month-old daughter, Goldie.(pictured left) “It is nice to see that things have changed but that the school’s welcoming environment remains the same.”

The alumni and their guests joined current parents, educators, students, and friends who also came to campus for homecoming, as well as for tailgating, and fellowship. They even stayed for the game against Leesville Road High School and watched as Homecoming King, Davis McCain '20, and Homecoming Queen, Auburn Robertson '20, were crowned during halftime.

The days leading up to Homecoming, known as Spirit Week, were also filled with activities and concluded with the fall pep rally on Friday afternoon.

“It was great to see alumni from so many different decades come together to celebrate their common bond as Crusaders and to reconnect and engage with their school family," said Associate Director of Alumni Advancement Susan Leigh ’87.

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