CDS sign with Willy

2023 Homecoming 

Carolina Day School celebrates Homecoming with a walk down "memory lane". 

Remember that old-school feeling? That rush of joy and adrenaline storming the soccer field after a big win? Or the swell of applause at the end of your first band concert? Remember that one teacher and the look on her face when you finally passed a test you’d been worried about for weeks? Laughing by the lockers with your best friend? These are the experiences that bind us together as Carolina Day community members, whether we’re still students, newly minted alumni, St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines or Asheville Country Day graduates flipping through photo albums, or past parents and faculty. Old school and new school have common ground through Homecoming.


Homecoming is our chance to bring that old-school nostalgia back. Connections like the ones we formed as students are still being made every day at CDS. Our legacies live on as new stars take the stage during school plays, young athletes strive to break the records we set, and new scholars are added to the ranks of the National Merit Society . These are the shared experiences that permeate our home. Home is not always a place. Often, it’s a feeling, a communal adventure, a chance to see our past reflected in the present. So highlanders from past and present, welcome home. Take a walk down memory lane. Meet new friends, visit with old friends, and hug a past teacher. Share your memories. Pay homage to past traditions and witness new ones. Come as you are. Come together. Come home.


2023 Homecoming Events

Presented in partnership with McKinney Insurance

Bob Henson at the Piano

Past Faculty and Staff Luncheon

Friday, October 6, 2023

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

It isn’t just the past students that called SG-GH, ACDS, and CDS home. Our beloved faculty and staff also loved the classrooms and hallways that made the school such a special place. We are inviting everyone home this year and will be hosting a special lunch in their honor. 

*At the conclusion of the luncheon, guests are invited to join current CDS faculty and staff, families, and alumni under the Alumni Association tent at the Fall Family Festival.

RSVPs are required to attend the event. Please email no later than September 27, 2023.

Alumni Award Induction Ceremony and Social Event

October 6, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


The Alumni Association invites all Alumni to join us for an evening of celebration as we honor our 2023 Alumni Award Recipients!

Dave Johsnon ACDS '86 who will be receiving the C. Robert Bell, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award.

April Dockery '96 who will be receiving the Alumni Athlete Hall of Fame Award.

Bob Henson (1939-2012) who will be inducted into the Artists Hall of Fame. After four decades of service to ACDS and CDS, Mr. Henson retired in 2012.  His intent and plans to positively impact the school and future students did not end with his retirement, however; Mr. Henson also bequeathed his entire estate to CDS’s endowment, profoundly anchoring the school’s future in perpetuity. 

There will also be an Alumni Cocktail from 7:00pm-9:00pm immediately following the Awards Ceremony. Please RSVP by emailing before September 27, 2023. 

* A collection of Mr. Henson's artwork will be displayed in the Joan and Tom Scott Gallery corridor in Love Hall throughout October, offering the whole CDS community a chance to learn more about him and appreciate his legacy.

For more Information about our Award Recipients please Visit our Alumni Association Awards page

Alumni Association Awards

Bob Henson Wildcat

October 2-6, 2023

Homecoming Spirit Week

  • Monday :  Celebrity & Famous Person Day - Impersonate a celebrity or famous person (from any time period).

  • Tuesday : Dress Alike Day- Team up with anyone on campus (or form/join a group!) and dress alike.

  • Wednesday: Pajama Day! - You know what to do for this all-time favorite theme!

  • Thursday: HoliDay - Don yourself in the spirit of any holiday.

  • Friday: Homecoming T-Shirt* Day-  All students, teachers, and staff wear your Homecoming shirt! 


  • *t-shirts will be provided to students and employees the week of Homecoming

Wildcat Athletics Homecoming Schedule

Join our Wildcats as they compete in games throughout the week! For the full week's game calendar and details click on the link below. 

Wildcat Athletics

Fall Family Festival: Friday, October 6, 2023

Join us for a fun afternoon of inflatables, a spirit station, face painting, yard games, food trucks, and much more!

3:30pm - Festival Commences

4:00pm - Student Performances

5:00pm - Bonfire Lighting 

5:30pm - Festival Concludes

Breakfast at the Grotto

It’s the 10th Anniversary for the Grotto at Carolina Day School! In 2013, the Grotto was carefully moved from what was the campus of St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines and lovingly placed and restored on Carolina  Day’s grounds.  Join us for a peaceful breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. as we celebrate this joyous occasion.



Alumni Class Reunions

Carolina Day School congratulates and recognizes all classes that are celebrating big reunion years in 2021. A few classes have coordinated with us and each other to organize private reunions:

  • Carolina Day School Class of 2013 celebrates 10 years!
  • Carolina Day School Class of 1998 celebrates 25 years!
  • Class of 1983 celebrates 40 years!
  • Class of 1973 celebrates 50 years!

If you are interested in celebrating with the featured classes or for more information about future efforts, please email

spirit store spiritwear

Our Wildcat Spirit Store will be open during Homecoming!

The CDS Spirit Store will be open during the Homecoming Fall Family Fest. There is something for everyone, including predecessor school gear for alumni! Homecoming attendees will receive a 10% discount on total purchases, so be sure to stop in!

Old School Swag


Taco Food Truck

We will have plenty of refreshments!

We are happy to have the following local food trucks participating with us this year!

  • Dirty Gertie's Taco Stand
  • Bear's Smokehouse
  • The Spotted Banana

The Parent Association is excited to celebrate with all of our Carolina Day School families and welcome home our beloved alumni! They will be offering water and snacks to everyone. Stop by to say hello!

Homecoming...Images from Previous Years