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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction and fiction. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

PERCY WILLIAMS: HIGH SCHOOL




king edward high school vancouver
King Edward High School in Vancouver, where Percy attended grades 9 through 12. It was here that he started running in earnest. (City of Vancouver Archives)


emslie yeo king edward high school
Emslie Yeo, King Edward High's history and English lit teacher and the coach of the track and field team. It was Yeo who first got Percy on the track squad and lent him his first pair of spikes. "There was this youngster," Yeo remembered, "a pale, slim lad of no more than 115 pounds, who just seemed to float away from everybody...." (King Edward High School Matric Annual, 1926, City of Vancouver Archives)


percy williams hexamis
Percy in his baggy track suit, circa 1926-27. The crest on his chest is for the Hexamis, a club he formed with five of his friends. (Percy Williams Collection, hereafter PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


percy williams and bob granger 1927
Percy with Bob Granger, the man who would train him to be the world's fastest human. (PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


Bob Granger 1928
A portrait of Percy's coach Robert "Bob" Granger, 1928. (UBC yearbook The Annual, 1928)


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Percy in his King Edward High School cadet corps uniform. He served as company adjutant and is listed in the Matric Annual for 1927 as one of the group's best shots. (PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


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The King Edward High School track team for 1926, Percy at center in the "KE" sweat shirt. (King Edward High School Matric Annual, 1926, City of Vancouver Archives)


percy williams and gang
A shot of Percy with the "Gang" who helped with his training. A core component of the work consisted of handicap races, the other boys starting out in front and Percy running catch-up to win. This is a photo that Bob Granger included in his 1929 newspaper serial about Percy: "Climbing Olympus: The Inside Story of Percy Williams' Titanic Struggle Against Overwhelming Odds in His Courageous Battle for Fame." (Vancouver  Sun, July 13, 1929)


percy williams training athletic park
Percy, second from left, getting into more serious training at Vancouver's Athletic Park. That's Harry Warren on the far left. Bob Granger, not in the shot, would have been doing the coaching. (courtesy Charlotte Warren)


percy williams athletic park vancouver
Another shot of Percy (second from right), Harry Warren (far right) and two other runners training at Athletic Park. (courtesy Charlotte Warren)


percy williams hexamis club
Percy, far right, with his Hexamis friends. Bobby Gaul is second from left. This was the "Gang" that helped with Percy's training. (PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


percy williams brockton point race
Percy, in the lead at right, on his way to win the 100-yard dash on Vancouver's Brockton Point track. This photo was likely taken at the Vancouver High School Meet in May 1927. (PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


king edward high school track team 1927
The King Edward High School track and field club for 1927. Percy, the club president, is sitting in the second row in the "KE" sweat shirt. In the yearbook's "Hall of Fame" section, Percy's entry reads: Percy Williams. Favorite expression: "Turning out for track?" Hobby: fixing the track. Ambition: actor. Destination: The Olympiad. (King Edward High School Matric Annual, 1927, City of Vancouver Archives)


percy williams king edward high school club
Percy, seated at far left, was also a school prefect. (Matric Annual, 1927, City of Vancouver Archives)


percy williams letter
Percy continued to visit the little farm at Lytton, BC on through high school. This is a letter he wrote to his mother from Lytton on April 14, 1927. In it he writes of waking up just as the train was making its whistle stop in Lytton. "I grabbed everything I had and jumped for it. But just as I was about to jump the bag of fruit broke but we both landed jake!" (PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


percy williams king edward high school graduation
The graduating class at King Edward High School for 1927. Percy's is the oval portrait under the "S" in "Class." He was in teacher A.W. Ross' Class 4.  (City of Vancouver Archives)


vancouver athletic club percy williams
Percy in his Vancouver Athletic Club togs. This is the outfit he wore at the Canadian National Championships in Toronto, 1927. (PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


percy williams letter 1927
Percy's letter to his mother, written aboard the CPR train that was taking him on his first trip East for the 1927 National Championships in Toronto. "Dear Mother: This train riding isn't what its cracked up to be. It starts to get monotonous after a couple of days...." (PWC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum)


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