Gravatt was an Episcopal standout on the gridiron and on the track.
A kicker on the football team, he found success in clutch moments, with his extra points proving the difference in a 14-13 victory over Woodberry in 1962. In his last year, he was named to all-star football teams by the City of Alexandria, the Washington Star, and D.C. Independent Preps.
In six seasons of winter and spring track and field, he was undefeated in the 13-foot pole vault event. He also competed in the 220- and 440-yard sprints, losing only once in each event his senior year. In his final state meet for Episcopal, he won both sprint races and the pole vault, a triple victory achieved only twice in EHS history.
Describing Gravatt’s extraordinary pole vault form, track coach Jim Seidule simply wrote, “All perfect.”
Gravatt was invited to participate in the Northern Virginia Decathlon his senior year, where he competed in 10 events, many of which he had never done before. He came in second place.