Greg Garritt '71

Class of 2013 
Football, Basketball, Baseball

Eliot Putnam, headmaster from 1943-1971, revered by all for his integrity and passion for the school, said of Greg, "That boy makes us all proud to be at Nobles."

Greg's relationship with Nobles began with his grandfather, Robert H. Garritt, who graduated from the Volkmann School in 1911. During his career at Nobles (1967-1971), Greg earned 11 varsity letters – three for football, three for basketball and five for baseball. 
In football, teammates from Greg's 1970 ISL championship team remember him as the "greatest athlete we ever saw."  In his junior year, he was named to the All-League team. In his senior year, he made both the All-League and All-New England teams. He set the school record for and led the league in four offensive categories – receptions, total yards and punt and kick-off return yards. Peter Kistner ’71 adds, “He was incredibly talented and played several positions all very well...he was clutch when we needed it, the best receiver I ever saw, and he was famous for his one handed grabs.” One of those spectacular catches occurred against Milton in his senior fall, helping the team to a 14-13 win that delivered the league championship to Nobles, just one year after finishing 0-7.
In basketball, Greg was a three-year starter at point guard.  In his senior year, he was captain, led the team in assists and was named All-League. 
Greg was also captain of the baseball team. When he was in the fifth class, at age 13, he was the starting pitcher and earned a record of 8-0. Skip Kistner '68, the catcher of that team, remembers: "Even then, he was the best pitcher I ever caught. His pitching was artistry." Greg played in the field when not pitching and was a fearsome hitter. He was named to the All-League team three times and, in his senior year, he received the James DeWolfe Lovett Medal. One memorable spring afternoon, in a 22-8 rout over Governor Dummer Academy and with a wooden bat, Greg belted out two singles, a home run and a first-inning grand slam into the hockey rink parking lot that is still remembered as one of the greatest hits in Nobles baseball history. In the same game, Greg pitched nine innings, striking out nine.
Rob Johnson '72 remembers that Greg was known throughout the ISL for his athletic ability, his mental toughness and his sportsmanship: "He was the one everyone at Nobles looked up to and that every opponent feared, but respected."  Herbert G. Stokinger, a long-time coach and Athletic Director at Milton Academy, was quoted by the Boston Globe: "I've seen some great, natural, dominant, all-around athletes come through the PSL in my time and that kid Garritt of Nobles was among the best!" 
People and relationships of all kinds were what mattered most to Greg; awards, honors, titles, achievements were ancillary. Reed Austin '71 remembers, "He was the consummate teammate, a mentor to the younger players and a leader by example to all." 
After Nobles, Greg played football and baseball at Trinity College. He was also asked to play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League and invited to try out for the New England Patriots as a non-drafted punter.  Greg's athletic career ended prematurely when he was diagnosed with cancer. A two-time cancer survivor, Greg considers those victories the biggest of his life.  Harry Blackman '71 wrote: "Greg handled it all with courage and grace. In all the years I have known him, he has never once complained about the cards life has dealt him. The spirit, verve and sheer strength that were part and parcel of who he was as an athlete – the greatest of our time at Nobles - all played a part in his recovery from cancer and in the life he has created going forward."   

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Greg Garritt