His accomplishments began at Chautauqua Central School. He lettered in basketball for four years, 1925-29, and was an all-star forward in 1929. For three years in a row Chautauqua won the county championship and represented the county in Buffalo in the days before schools were classified according to enrollment.
He also lettered in track for three years, tennis for two years, baseball for three years and was named the school's outstanding athlete his last two years. In track he won the county 100 and 220 yard titles in 1929 and finished first in the 100 at the sectionals.