Herbert E. Manvel ’97
All-Time Great on the Cinder Track Modest, yet illustrious, this star athlete was the key to Pingry’s outstanding track records of the 1890’s. Dedicated Team Captain, he led Pingry to the 1897 New Jersey Interscholastic Championship, and amassed a total of 12 championships that year alone. As pacesetter, his outdoor National Interscholastic Half-Mile record of 1 min. 59.6 sec. stood for 16 years. At the University of Pennsylvania, he set national scholastic half-mile indoor and outdoor records, seven other records in the quarter, half and full mile, and one in the 300 yd. dash. He won the Canadian Amateur Half-Mile Championship in 1897, 1898, and 1899, and the 1899 National Half-Mile AAU Championship. As an amateur contender with the New York Athletic Club, his half-mile record stood under the Club banner until 1933. A devoted Pingry alumnus, Alumni Association President, and Pingry Trustee from 1929 to 1940, he became a dock-building contractor in 1902, leading his company, Manvel Construction, and serving his industry, throughout a very successful business career.