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Edmonton Grads

The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

Colin Howell

Edmonton Grads. 

It would be difficult to find a team anywhere, in any sport, as dominant as the Edmonton Grads women's basketball team. Established in 1915 and drawing its players from the McDougall Commercial High School in Edmonton, this team won every Canadian championship 1923–40, the Underwood Typewriter North American championships for 17 straight years, and every game they played in Olympic competition. Their lifetime record of 520 wins and only 20 losses testifies to their dominance in competitive women's basketball, and to the fact that basketball was the team sport of choice for most female atheletes in the first half of the 20th century.

Colin Howell