Athletics are a significant part of the North Cross School experience. As a small school that currently fields over 30 teams, nearly every middle and upper school student participates on an athletic team during their time on campus. When Donna Satterwhite came to North Cross in 1971, the only options for girls athletics were cheerleading in the fall, basketball in the winter, and tennis in the spring. Donna recalled that in 1971 “girls basketball was played with six players. Two players stayed on the offensive side, two played on the defense, while two were allowed to roam the entire court.” In 1972 after the passage of Title IX, Donna was instrumental in the expansion of athletic opportunities for girls on campus and the formation of the Blue Ridge Conference for Girls in 1975.
Donna achieved several athletic milestones during her time at North Cross. She led her teams to eight softball conference championships, volleyball conference championships, undefeated seasons, and won the first ever independent school state volleyball title in 1994. Along the way, she was named Coach of the Year both by the Blue Ridge Conference and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association. Donna retired in 2011 after a 40 year career at North Cross School.
In photo above from 1979 yearbook, Donna poses with (from bottom left) Barbara Kiley ’80, Anne Revercomb ’82, Anne Martin ’76, Betsy Hollingsworth ’81,Meredith Coleman ’80, Coach Donna Satterwhite, Amy Umbarger ’80,Robin Clough ’80, Laurie Fishburn ’81, Margaret Grayson ’82, Anne Hurt ’79, and Assistant Coach Meade Martin.