Howard Wills

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Howard Wills was a much-beloved and highly successful coach of basketball and baseball at Wilmington High School from 1936 to 1959. Like many of his generation, Wills took time out (four years) to
serve his country as a Navy lieutenant and gunnery officer during World War II. After graduating from York (Pa.) Collegiate Institute and Syracuse University, where he played varsity baseball and
basketball throughout his school years, Howard taught at Bordentown Military Institute in New Jersey and Newtown (Pa.) High School before coming to Wilmington as a teacher of business and coach.
Under his tutelage, Red Devil cagers compiled a .667 record (222-111-1) with the best seasons coming in 1949 (17-1) and 1940 (14-1-1). Records from four years of baseball are missing; those that
remain show overall totals of 86-75, with the best season, 11-1, coming in 1948. Coach Wills retired from WHS in 1973. He died May 23, 1991.



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