William Russell -
2015 Honoree


 

William Russell, class of 1932, worked three decades in a leadership position in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), first as commissioner of the Southern Section and then appointed as the State Commissioner of Athletics and Executive Secretary of the CIF Protection Fund, which pioneered affordable insurance for athletes. Even before Title IX was passed, Russell laid the groundwork for CIF to add competitive sports for girls. Under his leadership the first athletic code was established to assist California high schools to sponsor girls’ interscholastic athletic teams. Bill served as El Presidente of Old Spanish Days Fiesta in 1969 and with his wife, Dorothy, hosted the Noches de Ronda on the Courthouse steps for 20 years.

 

 


 

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