Philip Louis Scrudato ’53
Varsity Track Captain Breaks Broad Jump Record. According to the 1953 Blue Book, Philip Louis Scrudato was “one of the most outstanding member of his class, not only on athletics, but also in extracurricular activities.” He was an active member of the school’s community, holding positions as class president and sports editor of The Pingry Record, but it is his athletic prowess that earned him further accolades and five varsity letters in track and football. As a member of the 1952-1953 football team, Philip provided the defensive skills needed to win multiple games and was placed on the 2nd team of the 1952 All-State Fullback Group III. Although his performance was successful on the football field, Philip is better known for his abilities in track. In this sport he was often the leading scorer in the broad and high jump. In 1952 he became team captain and broke the school’s broad jump record with a leap of 20 feet, 6 ½ inches. He would later break his own record in a meet against Rutgers Prep with a leap of 21 feet, 2 ½ inches. For his outstanding athletic performance, he was awarded the Alumni Track Trophy in 1952 and 1953. Philip Scrudato continued in athletics as a member of the Hobart College freshman lacrosse team. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps track team in Japan and has spent eight years coaching little and senior baseball leagues.