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"The Edmonton Grads." Edmonton: Gateway to the North. John F Gilpin, 158-159. Edmonton: Windsor Publications, 1984.

AB: In this book on Edmonton's history is a brief chapter with photographs on the most successful basketball team in Canadian sports history- the Edmonton Commercial Graduates. Starting out as a high school basketball team at McDougall Commercial High School, John Percy Page became the team's coach as well as taught the physical education program which included basketball. In the first year the team was created it captured the league championship and after the girls graduated, they wished to continue playing on the team. Convincing Percy Page to remain their coach, the team continued to reign on the basketball court which included Western Canadian, Canadian, international, and world championships, bringing them widespread recognition and increased spectator presence at their games. Over their 25-year history, the girls never received any payment and supported themselves financially through gate receipts. Overall, the Edmonton Grads averaged an unprecedented 96.2 percent wins out of their 522 official games.

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