More than 100 EHS community members, family, friends, and former teammates gathered in Hershey Athletics Center for the induction ceremony, which was part of Spirit Weekend festivities leading up to the 119th edition of the Episcopal-Woodberry Forest football game. Inductees included seven individual athletes as well as one team. They were: Alvord “Skip” Beretta Rutherford ’58 (inducted posthumously), Mayo King Gravatt ’64, James “Jim” D. Farrar, Jr. ’70, Alexander Grady Drago '84, Elizabeth Boothby Krusen '98, Elizabeth Harrison Carrington ’06, Daniel “Danny” Kinsman Coale ’07, and the 1971-72 soccer team.
Head of School Charley Stillwell opened the event by thanking the athletes for sharing their talents with the School and for inspiring classmates as well as future generations of EHS students with their commitment, hard work, and character. “Ultimately, those special qualities are going to position our students to go out from here and make a true difference,” he said. “I’m grateful to these athletes for all that they’ve done.”
In accepting their honors, the inductees thanked coaches and teammates and spoke of the significance of the Episcopal experience in their lives. Mayo King Gravatt ’64, a track standout who was undefeated in the 13-foot pole vault, called his coach, former teacher Jim Seidule, “my hero.”
“He knew how to take a young person and mold them and help them do what they were capable of doing. Never angry. Never in a bad voice,” Gravatt said.
Cross country and track star Elizabeth Harrison Carrington ’06, who set six records while at the School, credited Episcopal and her coaches for helping develop what became her lifelong passion for running. “Track and cross country taught me strength, perseverance, sportsmanship, and humility,” she said.
James “Jim” Farrar ’70, a standout in football, wrestling, and lacrosse, thanked the School for its commitment to building character on and off the field. “Episcopal’s mission statement clearly states that its graduates will have moral and intellectual courage,” he said. “They will commit to ambitious goals, they will embrace challenges, work hard, learn through success and failure, and adapt with resilience. And there isn’t a coach on the planet who’s not listed these in some shape or form as aspirations for his or her players and teams.”
Since its inception in 1993, the Episcopal Athletics Hall of Fame has recognized nearly 100 alumni and coaches who performed with distinction during their EHS athletic careers.ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: