First Winners of Underwood International Trophy, 1923

Provincial Archives of Alberta

Edmonton "Grads"

In 1914 J. Percy Page, a newly appointed teacher at the McDougall Commercial High School in Edmonton, Alberta began teaching basketball classes to the female students in the school. The girls entered a basketball team in the high school league and after their first year won the Richardson Trophy for supremacy among Edmonton schoolgirls' teams. After graduating from high school the girls formed the Commercial Graduates' Basketball Team, commonly known as the Edmonton Grads.

From 1915 until 1940, the Edmonton Grads played 522 official games in Canada, the United States and in Europe, winning 502 and losing 20. They played their last game on June 5, 1940.

The Edmonton Grads were admitted to Edmonton's Hall of Fame on April 18, 1973 and then to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame a year later.

First Winners of Underwood International Trophy, 1923

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