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-One of the first [[a:african_american_students|African American students]] to enroll at Massachusetts Agricultural College, William Hunlie Craighead was born in South Hill, Va., on Dec. 17, 1877.  Alternately listed as being from Washington, D.C., or Boston, Craighead had already attended Howard University, and perhaps Cornell, before arriving at MAC during the fall 1901. He soon stood out among his peers.  At 6 feet tall, nearly 190 pounds, and a few years older than most of classmates, Craighead made an impression.  He made the Varsity football team straight away in his freshman year, playing guard (two years) or right tackle thereafter, and becoming captain of the team in 1905.  His coach at the time, [[b:bullock_matthew_w|Matthew W. Bullock]], is regarded as the first African American coach to lead a football team at a predominantly white university, and although it is difficult to confirm, Craighead may have been the first African American to captain a sports team.  +One of the first [[a:african_american_students|African American students]] to enroll at Massachusetts Agricultural College, William Hunlie Craighead was born in South Hill, Va., on Dec. 17, 1877.  Alternately listed as being from Washington, D.C., or Boston, Craighead had already attended Howard University, and perhaps Cornell, before arriving at MAC during the fall 1901. He soon stood out among his peers.  At 6 feet tall, nearly 190 pounds, and a few years older than most of classmates, Craighead made an impression.  He made the Varsity football team straight away in his freshman year, playing guard (two years) or right tackle thereafter, and becoming captain of the team in 1905.  His coach at the time, [[b:bullock_matthew_w|Matthew W. Bullock]], is regarded as the first African American coach to lead a football team at a predominantly white university, and although it is difficult to confirm, Craighead was probably either the first or second African American to captain a sports team at a predominantly white college
Academically, Craighead was recipient of the Flint Oratorical Prize as a Junior (the first and second prizes were split evenly with Ralph Ware Peakes), and was awarded the First Sophomore Prize in the Burnham Declamation contest.  He was  Corporal in Cadet Co. A and was named Vice President of both his Sophomore and Senior classes. Academically, Craighead was recipient of the Flint Oratorical Prize as a Junior (the first and second prizes were split evenly with Ralph Ware Peakes), and was awarded the First Sophomore Prize in the Burnham Declamation contest.  He was  Corporal in Cadet Co. A and was named Vice President of both his Sophomore and Senior classes.
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