Remembering Ethan

  • Posted on:  February 12, 2019

High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SC

The students, staff, and families of High Point Academy Spartanburg are heartbroken and saddened about the loss of one of our beloved students, 6th-grader Ethan Rubenzer. He passed away on Sunday, February 10, as a result of injuries he suffered in a car accident. Ethan was a vibrant young man who always brought a smile to our faces, and he will be extremely missed.


As our school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, we will have counseling and bereavement support services to all of our students, staff, and families. Counselors will be at the school for anyone who may need to talk. We will also have extra counselors at the school throughout the week for anyone who may need or want help surrounding this loss.


Memorial services for Ethan are Wednesday ( February 13) at Joy Lutheran Church (3980 Moore Duncan Highway, Moore SC). Visitation will be from 3:00 – 6:00 pm with the Memorial Service immediately following at 6:00 pm. Tyger River Presbyterian has opened their doors for overflow. They will live stream the service so it may be viewed there as well. The family has asked that donations be made to The Carpenter’s Table in memory of Ethan.

On Friday, we invite all students to wear pink, Ethan’s favorite color, to honor him on his 12th birthday. Donations will also be accepted at the door on Friday. All of the proceeds will be given directly to the Rubenzer family. Students do not have to donate to wear pink.

Our school is extremely grateful for the continued support, love, and prayers from our community. We ask everyone to continue to keep the Rubenzer family in your thoughts and prayers.

High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SC

High Point Academy Spartanburg is a community-centered school built on the principles of honor, integrity, and service where academic excellence, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education, and a project-based, applied learning instruction builds tomorrow’s leaders. Visit for a complete overview and all of High Point Academy Spartanburg news and reviews. Through a partnership with family and community, each student will strive to achieve their highest potential academically, socially, and personally.

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