A core part of what Ridley athletics still endeavors to instill in athletes today evolved from the principles and beliefs of a student, then teacher and coach, then Headmaster at the turn of the last century. A tremendous quarterback in his own right, Harry Griffith also found his calling on the sideline. A two-time Grey Cup winner in 1909 and 1910, he also lead the Ridley football team to 22 Little Big Four championships. “Everybody wanted to know what football magic I used,” he once said. “It wasn’t magic, simply spirit and conditioning.” His athletes were so well trained, Ridley folklore recalls that he would often disengage from the match and just spectate, not say a word. The work had already been done in practice and now all the boys needed to do was execute. A pioneer in the game, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963. Though the school has honoured him by erecting a competitive sport complex in his name, it is fitting to end this great series of stories with the creed to which all Ridley athletes in this room have attempted to live up.
“When you lose say nothing, when you win say less”