Gordon Scruton ’51
2017 Old School Awardee
Erik Scruton ’82 describes a childhood spent at the track. His father, Gordon, who passed away in 2015, was a longtime coach and official, and running was a family pastime.
“The time we spent up here on the track every Saturday, rain or shine, was kind of family bonding,” Erik remembers.
Scruton was a sprinter for Punahou, part of the winning 4x100 relay team in 1950. He began coaching in the late 1960s and founded the Kailua Youth Athletic Club, a summer track program that today is known as the Renegade Track Club. For decades, Scruton officiated local high school and University of Hawai‘i meets, and fulfilled a lifetime goal of officiating at the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships.
He shared his love for track and field with his three sons, Gordon Jr. ’77, Lee ’79 and Erik, who also ran track for Punahou. He supported Punahou athletics as a president of the Punahou O-Men, was instrumental in carrying on the tradition of the Punahou Relays and was a donor to the renewal of Alexander Field.