Edmonton Grads National Historic Event
The Edmonton Grads were designated as a national historic event in 1976.
Historical importance: Championship women's basketball team, 1915-40.
Commemorative plaque: 11000 Stadium Road, Edmonton, AlbertaFootnote 1
The Edmonton Grads
In a twenty-five year history, beginning in 1915, the women of the Commercial Graduates Basketball Club, coached by J. Percy Page, achieved world recognition. This amateur team, made up almost exclusively of graduates of McDougall Commercial High School in Edmonton, held the provincial crown for twenty-four years and the Canadian title from 1922 to1940. Undisputed North American champions, the Grads competed in exhibition play at four Olympic Games (women's basketball was not then recognized as an Olympic sport), defeating all European challengers. The team was disbanded in 1940.
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