Gordon Willis served as the chairman of the North Cross School Board of Trustees for 14 years. He held a position on the board for more than 49 years either as board member, chairman, or trustee emeritus. During his time on the board, the campus grew from one building housing students grades kindergarten through seven to a 77-acre complex, which includes six buildings and several athletic fields.
When the old high school, now Eaton Hall, became overcrowded in the early 1980s, Jerry Maycock was sent out to tour a number of high schools in the East. His task was to help create the best possible space for laboratories with flexible space for experiments and lectures. The new bulding included 13 classrooms, a small workroom, faculty lounge, conference room, a college counseling office, publications room, darkroom, senior lounge and a commons area.
Other members of the extended Willis family who attended or currently attend the school include: Tom Rutherfoord ’67, Elizabeth Willis Revette ’74, Keith Willis ’76, David D. H. Willis, Sr. ’77, Mary Vaden Eisenstadt ’78, Mary Holman Willis ’80, Marie Shockley Waller ’87, Sarah Woolwine ’90, Benjamin Shockley ’92, David D. H. Willis, Jr. ’04, Marshall Willis ’06, James Willis ’09, Taylor Woolwine ’12, Emily Woolwine ’14, Keith Willis ’15, Blake Willis ’17, and Lucy Woolwine ’17.
In 1985, the upper school building was completed and named in honor of Mr. Willis.