George Gregory Inducted in 2006

Player Inducted in 2006
George Gregory George Gregory, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2006
Photo credit: (Columbia University)
George Gregory, Jr. (1906 – May 11, 1994)  attended Dewitt Clinton HS in the Bronx and went on to star at Columbia University. He led the Columbia Lions to a championship in the Ivy League (then known as the Eastern Intercollegiate League) in the 1930–31 season, together with teammate Lou Bender, the team's first league title. By his senior year, Columbia was playing its games at Madison Square Garden and finished the season with a record of 21–2. Gregory was selected to multiple All-American squads that season.

While still an undergraduate, Gregory began a lifelong career battling juvenile delinquency and defending civil rights. He served as the boys' director for the largest youth project for African-Americans in the nation, the Harlem Center of the Children's Aid Society. He went on to hold administrative positions at settlement houses and youth clubs such as the Harlem Youth Center and the First Neighborhood House. He was a founding member of the NYC Youth Board in 1947.

From 1954 to 1968 Gregory was a commissioner on the Municipal Civil Service Commission while spending 15 years in the office of the Manhattan Borough President. From 1968 to 1979 he was an assistant administrator of what is now the Department of Environmental Protection.