A Legacy of Giving: Jean and Bob Rapp


Jean and Bob Rapp became parents at Greensboro Day School in 1987 when they enrolled their daughter, Katherine ’93, in 7th grade.  Little did they know at that time that their relationship with GDS would be even stronger 31 years later. Today, as grandparents of Adelaide ’22, Adair ’23, and Reston ’26, their love for Greensboro Day School runs deep. 

This past spring, a tear could be seen running down Bob’s face as he watched his oldest granddaughter receive the Middle School’s Leadership Award at the 8th Grade Closing.  In this moment, Bob knew he wanted to do something for “his girls”. 

Leaving that graduation, leadership left a mark on Bob.  Bob knows that Katherine’s education at GDS gave her the foundation she needed to be successful and is most proud of the job she has done raising her 3 girls.  He decided he wanted to make a gift to the school in order to endow student leadership opportunities.

At Greensboro Day School, students develop not only intellectually, but also interpersonally. Through academics, service learning, athletics, arts, and other extracurricular opportunities, students gain self-confidence, practice leadership, and ethical decision making. Whether through serving as a reading buddy in Lower School, participating in Learning2Lead as a Middle School student, or presenting to the entire Upper School during Assembly, GDS students take advantage of new leadership opportunities and experiences each day.

Bob and Jean’s generous gift was made in honor of their granddaughters, Adelaide, Adair and Reston and named in honor of their daughter. The Katherine Rapp Wood ’93 Leadership Endowment will give the school the ability to fund student leadership opportunities that will give students more experiences to develop leadership skills that will enhance the school’s mission “to provide the foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.”

We, at Greensboro Day School, are so thankful for the Rapp’s generous gift. 

Grandparents are vital to the financial stability of GDS. Our Grandparents have a wonderful opportunity to add to the incredible education that their grandchildren are receiving at Greensboro Day School.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Greensboro Day School, please reach out to Tommy Webb at (336) 288-8590 or tommywebb@greensboroday.org

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