DEDICATION OF THE Ruth Gibbs SOFTBALL COMPLEX
“Her Nibs, Miss Ruth Ann Gibbs” will be honored on Saturday, May 22 by the naming of the new Phillipsburg High School
Softball Complex; the Ruth Gibbs Softball Complex. The dedication ceremony will take place
at the beginning of the
This is an event long in the making but certainly worth the wait. “Miss Gibbs”, as she is respectfully known by her high school athletes, arrived at Phillipsburg High School in 1960 from East Stroudsburg University and spent the next 32 years of her life completely dedicated to PHS student-athletes.
Few coaches in
1972 - East Penn League Champions
1973 - East Penn League Champions and
1974 - East Penn League Champions
1975 - East Penn League Champions and
1976 - East Penn League Champions and
In the spring of 1980, Ms.
Gibbs went from Garnet and Grey to Scarlet and Black as an assistant softball coach at
After a two year retirement “Gibby” (as she is affectionately known at the collegiate level) was persuaded to return to the college ranks, this time as the head coach of the Muhlenberg College Softball Team. This 12-year stint lasted from 1996 to 2008 where she guided her teams to 5 Centennial Conference Championships.
Whether player or coach, Ruth Gibbs has been involved in softball
for 48 years in
Truly the PIONEER of girl’s sports at
In the classroom, Ms. Gibbs was a Health and Physical Education teacher and in 1977 she became the first female Department Supervisor, a job that lasted 15 years until her retirement from high school education in 1992. What’s more, she served a dual leadership role as the first female Athletic Director from 1982 to 1984.
Ms. Gibbs blazed a path of many
firsts in her extraordinary career. And on May 22, she will be the first female to be recognized in
Michael Maloney - Stadium
Jim Ringo - Field house
Neil Boyer - Band Festival
John Morrow - FFA Barnyard Days
William Nixon - Veterans Day Tribute
Harold Bellis - Field (at Maloney Stadium)
And now, Ruth Gibbs - Softball Complex
When asked what she feels is her greatest accomplishment Ms. Gibbs states, “Accomplishment? No….. working with great young female athletes who went on to do awesome things on and off the field, academically and athletically -- becoming teachers, coaches, doctors, lawyers, and mothers. Likewise, many of the mothers’ daughters have followed in their footsteps to excel in athletics at the high school and college levels. That…..was my privilege!”
Hundreds and hundreds of athletes have
triumphed on and off the field under the tutelage of this Legend in
 “Her Nibs, Miss Ruth Ann Gibbs” is a title that was given to her in a front page article in The Express sports section written in the spring of 1976. The article appeared shortly after she harvested her 3rd New Jersey State Softball Championship in 4 years. In that same year, Ms. Gibbs teams had won State Sectional Titles in Field Hockey and Basketball.