Dr. Peter A. Grandell

Class of

Inducted

Dr. Peter A. Grandell’s career as athlete, coach and administrator spanned more than a half-century, and  personified the storied sports tradition of Wilmington High School. The school’s
football field was named after him in 1997 in recognition of his numerous contributions to the success of WHS student-athletes. He was selected the top athlete of his class at Wilmington High School
while earning varsity letters in football, basketball and track. Pete led the WHS football team to the mythical city championship in 1937; scoring the first touchdown in the long football rivalry
with P.S. DuPont High School.  He was inducted into the Wilmington High Wall of Fame. Before entering Mount St. Mary’s he starred in football and basketball during a post-graduate year at
Archmere Academy. He served as Athletic Director at Wilmington’s West End Neighborhood House. As a college athlete, Pete excelled in football, track and boxing at Mount St. Mary’s College during the
late 1930’s and 1940’s, where he set a then-school record in the 440-yard run and played a key role in the Mountaineers’ small-college football championship in 1941. When his college career was
interrupted by World War II, he became an outstanding middleweight boxer while serving in the Marine Corps, winning the silver medal in the All-Armed Forces tournament in 1942. He served as director
of Parks and Recreation for the town of Elsmere; coached the Turners Club girls track team and many other youth teams, and received numerous city and state accolades for his work with young
athletes.

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