A core part of what Ridley Athletics endeavours to instil in today's athletes evolved from the principles and beliefs of a former student who became teacher, coach and then Headmaster at the turn of the last century.
A tremendous quarterback in his own right, Harry also found his calling on the sideline. The two-time Grey Cup winner in 1909 and 1910 also lead Ridley's 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.”
Harry's athletes were so well trained, Ridley folklore has it that he would often disengage from the match and just watch, not saying a word. In his mind, the bulk of the work had already been done during practice—and now all the boys needed to do was execute.
A pioneer in the game, in 1963, Harry was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Though the school has since honoured him by erecting a competitive sport complex in his name, it is fitting to end Harry's introduction with the creed which all Ridley's athletes attempt to live up to:
“When you lose, say nothing; when you win, say less.”