Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dan "Tiger" Hill

Dan "Tiger" Hill

Details

  • Position: Center
  • School: Duke
  • High School: Asheville, NC (Asheville HS)
  • Years: 1936-1938
  • Inducted: 1962
  • Place of Birth: Asheville, NC
  • Date of Birth: Mar 08, 1917
  • Place of Death: Durham, NC
  • Date of Death: Aug 24, 1989
  • Jersey Number: 35
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 210

Member Biography

Dan Hill toiled in the gridiron trenches for the famed Iron Dukes of 1938. He was a center in the one platoon era when centers were also linebackers. He was All-America and co- captain of the 1938 Duke University team. The Iron Dukes won five games with the score 6-0 or 7-0. They were undefeated, untied and unscored upon in the regular season, losing finally in the Rose Bowl when Southern California scored with just 41 seconds left to play. His coach, Wallace Wade, called Hill "The heart of the team." In one game the regular quarterback was injured, and Hill called the plays. Duke had a 25-4-1 record in his three years. He graduated with honors, spent four years as a naval officer in World War II, and served Duke as assistant director of athletics, 1946-53. He left Duke and entered private business.