THE GREEN AND WHITE COMPETITION
I suspect that Mrs. Andrus, Ms. Kosal, and I are the only current faculty members who recall the green and white competition. According to Rosemary Fetter, the tradition began during Mr. Comfort’s tenure as the school’s Headmaster. “In the mid-1960’s . . . the entire student body began competing athletically and academically, diving up into Green and White teams. A student would be assigned to one color team for his/her entire, and family members were always on the same team. Athletic and academic points were totaled, and the winner. . . would be announced on Graduation Day.” I recall much applause and cheers after the announcement.
Then, there was the Salad Bowl, a green and white “sparring event that took place in the autumn and included student, faculty, and staff.” Kevin Preblud ’79 recalled “. . . high energy activities like field hockey, flag football, or a fierce tug of war. It was like the battle of the network’s stars.” In the spring, there was the “Toidy Bowl” which at one time -- not during my years at the school -- included chariot races.
According to Ms.Fetter, “Student interest waned during the early 80’s, and green and white competitions were for the most part eliminated.” My memory may be faulty, but I recall complaints about excessive competition. I shall check with Mr. Rice who paid more attention to the athletic events than I. I close my eyes and see a losing team during one of the Salad Bowl events-- tug of war -- digging their shoes in mud, and some even falling into the mire of Preisser Field.
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