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Art Hillebrand


Arthur Ralph Thomas Hillebrand

Inducted 1970

Date of Birth



Freeport, IL


Princeton University (1896-1899)


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 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 a first-team All-America the last two years and a second-team pick as a sophomore. 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. 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.


Height 6'1

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1899 Consensus All-America
  • 1898 Consensus All-America
  • 1897 Second Team All-America
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