Friendship. Scholarship. Sportsmanship.
Carlton M. Harris, Jr. '76 selected as a 2016 Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
Greensboro Day School Alumnus Honored
An induction ceremony was held yesterday for the 10 new members selected for the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. This class includes Carlton M. Harris, Jr., Greensboro Day School Class of 1976 who was inducted as a member of the Legends Class, created in 2010 for posthumous inductions.
Carlton Harris ’76 made a significant impact in his brief life. He won numerous singles and doubles juniors championships in tennis around the city and the state. At Greensboro Day School, he not only excelled at tennis but also played on the basketball team. Harris continued his tennis career at Notre Dame and as a senior was team captain, played No. 1 singles and doubles and led the Irish to a 20-3 record. He became a teaching pro in Chicago and played on the Chicago Fyre of the World Team Tennis league, becoming a teammate and good friend of the great Billie Jean King. Known as a role model, a hard worker and always an upbeat person, he died of leukemia in 1983 at age 25.
Carlton's legacy lives on at GDS through the Harris Scholar Program, designed to recognize students who are outstanding citizens at Greensboro Day School and in good academic standing and qualify for need-based financial-aid. The program states its objective is to encourage young people to develop character, sportsmanship, and dedication to helping others.
Carlton is also honored at Greensboro Day School through the dedication of the Carlton M. Harris Jr. Athletic Field. At the dedication ceremony in October 1984, the Head of School, Jim Hendrix said, "When people see this plaque, they will know it was dedicated to a scholar, an athlete, and a friend." Two awards were also established in Carlton’s memory, one for the tennis player exhibiting the qualities of achievement and sportsmanship that Carlton's life represented; the other to provide books for three deserving students in the Upper and Middle Schools.”
One of Carlton’s teachers, Mrs. Kathy Davis said of him, “As a student at GDS, Carlton was loved and respected by his classmates and teachers. I remember Carlton as a student who worked hard in the classroom and on the tennis courts. But, I mainly remember Carlton as a fun loving young man who made his classmates laugh and enjoyed life. He wanted to make others happy and went out of his way to do exactly that. I remember that smile and walking through the commons to see Carlton standing in the middle of his friends with that big smile. He brought a lot of joy to our campus as an athlete and as a student but the most joy came from his friendships.” This is the 12th class for the Hall of Fame, created in 2005, and it increases the membership to 133. View other members of the Class of 2016 Hall of Fame and read more about their achievements.