2012 Inductee

Mary Perry

Mary Perry

Trailblazer, Marry Perry graduated from Birmingham High School in 1961. She came to Pierce College and started her athletic career as a javelin thrower. She then turned to volleyball. In 1963, she was a member of the Silver Medal winning U.S. team at the Pan-American games.

She was a member of the U.S. team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics-when Volleyball made its debut in the games-and again in 1968 in Mexico City, making her one of only five players to compete on both teams. Mary earned a Gold Medal at the 1967 Pan-American games.

She was a member of the National team from 1962-1969. After the Olympic Games she returned to California and earned her Bachelorís Degree in Physical Education at CSUN in 1971. While there, she played volleyball, basketball, tennis, track, golf, and field hockey.

Mary coached at Punahou High School in Hawaii and Southern Oregon State College. Mary was honored with an induction into the CSUN Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986, awarded USVBA All-Time Great Player Award in 2009, and in 2010 inducted into LAUSD Sports Hall of Fame. As an accomplished trailblazer, her legacy of excellence has paved the way for women athletes all over the country.