DAVID W. RANKIN (Deceased)
Inducted: April 30, 1977 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: February 2, 1919 in Tarkio, MO
High School Attended: Warsaw, IN Graduated: 1937
High School Honors: Played end on football team, lettering in 1935, 1936; played center and forward on basketball team, lettering 1936, 1937; ran high and low hurdles, lettering in 1936, 1937; 2nd place in Indiana State meet in high hurdles 1937.
College Honors: Played end in football, lettering 1938-1940; ran high and low hurdles, lettering 1940-1941; set an American indoor record in 60 yard low hurdles at Butler Relays 1940; member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity; Liberty’s All-Players All-American 1939; Paramount News All-American 1939; Collier’s All-American 1940; All-American Board of Football 1940; captain of football team and Most Valuable Player 1940; Chicago All-Star Game and captain 1941.
Entered U.S. Navy on August 5, 1941; relieved of active duty from U.S. Marine Air Corp as captain 1946.
Coaching Experience: Field coach at Purdue University since March 1946; freshman football and track coach 1947; tutored 15 All-Americans.
Special Recognition: Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American Award 1965; head track coach for USA team in World University Games in Rome in August 1975.
Family: Wife, Ann; children, David, Annette, Randee
Coach Rankin passed away December 8, 2006.