If it ain't Diamond Springs, it ain't water--Mr. Barry Gibrall

If it ain't Diamond Springs, it ain't water--Mr. Barry Gibrall
By Ryan Boone ‘19

Mr. Gibrall is the Survey of Literature teacher and has been teaching at Benedictine for 20 years. He is also the assistant athletic director of the school.

Gibrall is a University of Richmond graduate and an alumnus of Benedictine, who graduated with the class of '64.

Mr. Gibrall is known widely throughout the school for his "mellifluous" voice when announcing Benedictine sports events. Teams throughout the school look forward to the opening prayer and announcement of their names by Gibrall, followed with his famous saying "If it ain't Diamond Springs, it ain't water," Diamond Springs being a strong supporter of Benedictine. "I always look forward to seeing the well-spoken Mr. Gibrall," said Sophomore Jackson Cray. "He just gives me an energy boost when I hear him call my name on the court along with his famous saying."

Gibrall is also known for his Survey of Literature class, which focuses on the writing and analyzing of poetic writings. "I didn't think I'd like the class when I signed up for it," said Senior Quincy Roberson. "[Gibrall] really changed my viewpoint on things and is an amazing man and teacher."

Outside of teaching, Gibrall played for the only undefeated team in Benedictine football history. He has an extraordinary knowledge of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, even choosing to live on Gatsby Lane. He is also married to Mrs. Gibrall, or as he likes to call her, "my lady friend."He worked in Carytown and claims to be the first creator of the bacon cheeseburger. "Everyone else makes the bacon cheeseburger wrong," stated Gibrall. "You have to cascade, yes cascade, the cheese over the bacon...aw yes!"

Mr. Gibrall can be found at a Benedictine sporting event or walking around the school's campus with a poem in his pocket.

If it ain't Diamond Springs, it ain't water--Mr. Barry Gibrall
If it ain't Diamond Springs, it ain't water--Mr. Barry Gibrall

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