Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Art "Doc" Hillebrand

Art "Doc" Hillebrand


  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Princeton
  • High School: Freeport, IL (Freeport HS)Andover, MA (Andover Academy)
  • Years: 1896-1899
  • Inducted: 1970
  • Place of Birth: Freeport, IL
  • Date of Birth: Mar 09, 1877
  • Place of Death: Waubay, SD
  • Date of Death: Dec 14, 1941
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

His full name was Arthur Ralph Thomas Hillebrand; his nickname was "Doc." He acquired the nickname because he was the son of Dr. Christian Hillebrand of Freeport, Illinois. Arthur Hillebrand was born there March 9, 1877. He played football at Andover Academy, then at Princeton. Hillebrand was a big man for his time - 6-0, 190-pounds - and was an outstanding tackle. He played four years, 1896-99, and was All-America the last two years. He also was secretary of his class, football captain in 1898 and baseball captain 1900. He graduated with the class of 1900 and that fall coached the football team at William Penn Charter School. In 1901 he coached the baseball team at the U.S. Naval Academy and in 1903-05 he was Princeton football coach. He moved to Waubay, South Dakota, and was partner in a livestock company, Hillebrand Brothers. He died at Waubay December 14, 1941. In his four playing years in college, Princeton's combined record was 43-2-2; the team out-scored its opponents 1,089 to 44. When he was head coach 1903-05, the Princeton record was 27-4 and the Tigers out-scored their opponents 669-85. His 1903 team went 11-0, had a scoring edge of 295-6, and was national champion.