|At Greenhill, our traditions develop community, give homage to the past, and, in some cases, serve as rites of passage. Most importantly, they reflect our commitment to individuality and our diverse atmosphere. We invite you to click the links below to read more about our non-traditional traditions.|
Greenhill first opened its doors on September 11, 1950. Today, the whole school community gathers each September 11 to celebrate the legacy of founders Bernard and Helen Fulton. The assembly includes favorite songs, the recognition of the newest 25-year Legends and the recently elected Faculty Leaders, along with the naming of two legacy groups for Greenhill “Heart of the Hill Heroes.” The assembly is followed by a Heart of the Hill activity focusing on the year’s theme, and later, by an ice cream social… a tip of the cap to Helen Fulton’s favorite way of treating the students in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Homecoming is a weeklong celebration of Greenhill past and present. During the week, students participate in talent shows, contests and dress-up days. Friday, alumni return to campus for the annual cookout and football game. At halftime during the Homecoming game, a Homecoming Queen and King are crowned, and all seniors are honored as senior parents escort their child onto the field.
|Water Tower Painting|
Each August, the rising senior class gathers to leave its mark on the large green water tower located behind the Agnich Science Building. This annual event, which originally started as a senior class prank in the 1960s, creates class bonding and sets the tone for a joyful, fun final year on the Hill.
|The Nutcracker Suite|
Started in 1951, Greenhill’s kindergarten production of The Nutcracker Suite is the longest consecutive running Nutcracker performance in Dallas. Narrated by the Head of School, the music is provided by the Upper School orchestra, and seniors who once performed in the show are invited back to watch their protégées perform. Parents and teachers work closely to ensure that the sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers put on an entertaining show to start the holiday season.
In the early 1960s, a faculty member had work done on his house. The workman was looking to get rid of some peacocks and the teacher offered to add them to the menagerie already on campus. They have been an unofficial mascot of the school ever since.
Halloween is a festive time at Greenhill. The highlight of the day is a parade led by the Head of School. Lower School students march through campus behind the head and the Upper School band. The senior class also dresses up and parades that day, sometimes joining the younger students on their trek through the buildings. The parade concludes with a sing-along in the Great Meadow.
|Special Days in Each Grade |
At each grade level, an integrated study unit culminates in a day of celebration, including student written plays, speeches in modern and classical language, or a self-made feast. Come visit to learn more about our Special Days.
No Lower School/Middle School classes