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Catalog Number 2016.010.003
Description Bill Green Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame Plaque, 2016. Plaque commemorating Bill Green of Cubberley High School being inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on June 8, 2016. The plaque is printed on silver-colored metal with a 3" x 2.5" photograph mounted to the upper right hand corner. Metal and photograph are mounted beneath acrylic with gold-colored decorative brads onto an mdf wooden base covered in a dark woodgrain vinyl laminate. Top left corner has the 2016 Peninsula Hall of Fame logo which consists of a blue ribbon that reads "20 Peninsula Sports 16" across the base of a green trophy whose base reads, "HALL / OF / FAME" with arcs of 7 blue stars on either side. Black and white plaque image is of Green wearing a tank top with black edging over a gray-colored T-shirt. He is slightly bent, his muscles are tight and his cheeks are puffed out as if he is running. A brief biography is also on the front, "In his much-celebrated competitive heyday in the 1970s, Bill Green was The Speed King of Palo Alto. As a standout prep sprinter at Cubberley High, he set a record for the fastest quarter-mile time in the U.S. At the age of 18, he collected racing medals in Europe and was selected to compete for the U.S. in the Pan American Games held in Cuba. Decades later, some of his sterling marks still stand. In 1980, during the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon, he won the 400 meters. However, that signature victory turned out to be bittersweet because America wound up boycotting those Games due to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. He passed away of cancer in Spokane on March 4, 2012." The back of the plaque has an oval sticker with the logo and contact information for Spotlight Impressions, the manufacturer of the plaque.
Object Name Plaque, Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Bill Green Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame Plaque, 2016
Date June 8, 2016
Creator Spotlight Impressions (San Mateo)
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "spotlight impressions / your source for name badges, signs and awards / 147 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 / (650) 348-5520 phone (650) 348-2974 fax / /" (silver colored oval-shaped sticker with black text on back); "BILL GREEN / CUBBERLEY HIGH SCHOOL / Inducted June 8, 2016 / … / SPONSORED BY / San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau / PLATINUM SPONSOR / First National Bank" (printed on front)
Provenance Sponsored by the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau; platinum sponsor is the First National Bank.
Notes "William Ernest "Bill" Green (May 10, 1961 – March 4, 2012) was an American sprinter.[1]

Green came on the scene at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California. As a junior he won the 1978 CIF California State Meet in the 440 yard dash. The following year he won the 100 yard dash[2] while leading Cubberley team to its only CCS title,[3] just days before the high school was to close forever.[4] While technically still a high schooler, a few weeks later he took third overall at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 45.51, setting the National High School record in the 400 metres.[3] The record lasted two years until it was surpassed in the same meet by Darrell Robinson.[5] Three days later he found himself running in Europe with the big boys. That season culminated in him winning a gold medal with the United States 4x400 metres relay team at the World Cup.

Green then went to the University of Southern California. He still ranks #5 all time in the 400 metres and is tied for 10th in the 200 meters. He joined with James Sanford to be the core of the top relay teams of the 1980s.[6] In 1980 Green won the United States Olympic Trials (while not winning a single preliminary race), to qualify for the Olympic team that never participated, due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott.[7]"
[ 6/5/2016]
Dimensions H-12 W-9 D-1.875 inches
Search Terms Awards
Cubberley High School
Green, Bill
Subjects Awards
Runners (Sports)
Running races
People Green, Bill