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The Giants

The school continued to grow and more space was needed. One option taken was to remodel the old barn, located where the library is today. At the end of the 60’s/beginning of the 70’s, modern classrooms were created there to receive high school students, with science and photography labs, and later on a typing classroom. At the end of the 80’s, the barn style classrooms where still there with the original 2-panel doors. 

Throughout the 70’s, the number of students increased rapidly so the auditorium had to be remodeled to accommodate 3 more classrooms for middle and high school. A new auditorium, located today between classrooms 6 and 7, was built to host assemblies, meetings and presentations. Later on, another 3 classrooms were added to accommodate special classes such as Home Economics featuring a lab outfitted with sink, counter, fridge, stove for cooking and Sewing classes with Singer sewing machines.

In 1976, the Sports Department asked for a gym because there was only an outdoor court which could not be used during rainy days. Another outdoor court was built prior to construction starting so that PE activities could continue and the gym was inaugurated in 1977.

Three major EAC sports traditions started in the 70’s which continue today:

  • The Giants: the story goes that when EAC started there were only a few athletes to represent the school in the competitions but they were brave and proud enough to call themselves the Giants!
  • São Paulo High School League: EAC Giants joined the SPHSL early in the 70’s playing boys basketball. The squad won 3 gold medals in a row from 1979 to 1981.
  • Rancho:  Although since 1996 the tournaments have been held at Acampamento Nosso Recanto (NR) in Sapucaí Mirim, Rancho Ranieri was the original venue for sports tournaments in the 70s. This is  why some students still refer to any sports tournament as “Rancho”. 
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