Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Arleigh Williams ’30
While at Tech, Arleigh Williams participated in football, basketball, and crew, and was selected for a baseball team that played in the American Legion World Series of youth baseball. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley from 1931 to 1935, Williams played football and remains on the Bears’ all-time career rushing record list with 1,404 yards on 526 carries. He also kicked the longest punt in Cal history. Williams also played baseball for Cal. In 1959, he received Sports Illustrated Magazine’s Silver Anniversary All-American award. After serving in the Navy during WW II, Williams eventually joined the UC Berkeley administration and served as Dean of Men, Dean of Students, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and after he retired in 1976, was named Dean of Students, Emeritus by The Regents of the University. He was inducted into the Cal Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.