Russell “Whitey” Lloyd, Class of 1925

During his six years at Peddie, Russell Lloyd epitomized the Peddie ideals of sportsmanship, talent, and athletic development. He earned nine varsity “P”s in three of his major sports during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. The teams he led were among the most successful in Peddie’s history.

In spring track and repeated as state champion in 1925. He was so versatile that he scored points in the javelin, shot put, discus, dashes, hurdles, and mile relay. In the meet, he won the 120-yd high hurdles for the third time, the 220-yard low hurdles for the second time, and the shot put, setting school records in all three events during the season. He also won the Easterns Championships in the 120 yd high hurdles.

As both a guard and center on Peddie's basketball team, he led the team to a 55-9 record during his three years. He captained the 1925 NJ state championship team which complied a 19-2 overall record. (The team was only two points from an undefeated season.) For his efforts, he was a second team all prep selection as a center.

In March 1925, he took a short break from basketball to become the state indoor 70-yd high hurdle champion breaking the state record in winning the event.  

In football, Whitney played end on the same team as a football star Bruce Durmont. Peddie was 6-1 that season and no other team scored on Peddie until the sixth game 7-3, where Whitney dropped kicked the ball 47 yards for Peddie’s only score. E.C. MacArthur, Peddie’s football coach, said, “Lloyd stands out as the premier schoolboy end in the state. He is fast, carries the ball well, and weighs about 190 pounds."

His exploits marked him as a great athlete in an era of many great athletes.