After Willis Hall was completed and dedicated in 1985, the campus finally had accommodations for all three divisions. Focus soon turned to athletics and creating a space on campus to meet the needs of a growing program. Beirne Carter (top left photo), a member of the Board of Trustees from 1962-1988, announced in 1985 that once the academic needs of the school were met, he intended to leave the school enough money to build an appropriate athletic center. Two years later, ground was broken on the Carter Athletic Center site. Mr. Carter was in attendance, but unfortunately passed away before the building was completed.
The building, named in Mr. Carter’s honor, received rave reviews when it opened. It featured a six-lane swimming pool, basketball courts, and an indoor track. At the dedication in 1989, college basketball coach “Lefty” Drisell (top right photo) was on hand and told the students to consider themselves lucky to have such a lovely facility.” Former Athletic Director Donna Satterwhite said the CAC made a difference in our athletic programs. “We have benefitted not only in practice space for our indoor sports, but because of the fitness center our athletes are much stronger,” she said.
Current Athletic Director Eric Lawrence, who was hired in 1989 as the CAC was nearing completion, wrote in the 1990 yearbook that “Mr. Carter’s gift has enabled North Cross to meet all the physical education needs of its students. In addition to that primary achievement the CAC is becoming a place where families come together for fun and exercise.”
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