Inducted September 27, 1980
One of the best-known performers in the entire history of SMS sports was Curtis Perry, a six-foot, seven-inch center who came to SMS from Washington, D. C. As a freshman, he joined a senior-dominated team under Coach Bill Thomas, immediately won a starting job, and held it for four seasons. Although NCAA rules prevented him from playing in the national tournament as a freshman, he watched the Bears reach the national finals and then went on to play in the NCAA event each of his next three seasons as the Bruins won the MIAA title four years in a row. The bears won 28 straight MIAA games and 23 straight conference home games while Perry was playing and he made the all-tourney team at the national finals in 1969 as the Bruins finished second to Kentucky Wesleyan. SMS was a regional runnerup in 1968 and finished third in 1970. Perry gained honorable mention All-American from Associated Press in 1968 and was a second team selection in 1969. He was on the all-MIAA first team three years in a row and was selected the league’s Most Valuable player as a senior in 1970. He led SMS in scoring twice and in rebounding three seasons in a row, and was the top MIAA rebounder twice. He still holds a number of SMS rebounding records, including a career total of 1424; and his 1835 career points has been topped only by Daryel Garrison in the decade since Perry last played for the Bears. Perry’s number 54 was retired in 1970 and he went on to a successful professional basketball career with the NBA teams from San Diego, Houston, Milwaukee, and Phoenix.