Walter Dave Hurm

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Dave Hurm was a four-sport star athlete at Newark High School in the early 1950s who went on to have a stellar college football career at Duke University. Hurm earned 11 letters as a Yellowjacket:
three each in track, baseball and basketball and two in football. In track Hurm specialized in the high jump and shot put and was also part of the ‘Jackets’ relay teams. Even though strong and
muscular, Hurm was talented enough in the high jump to challenge for top honors in state and county championship meets. In the shot put, Hurm again was a serious challenger for top honors at both
county and state title meets. On the baseball diamond, Hurm had a great glove as a first baseman and was one of Newark’s top hitters, batting .357 his senior year. On the court, Hurm averaged more
than 20 points per game his senior season, ranking third in New Castle County and earning him second-team All-State. Over Hurm’s junior and senior seasons, Newark went 31-8 on the court. But it was
on the football field that Hurm really excelled – at both offensive end and defensive back. Hurm was first team All-State in 1952, his senior year. Hurm’s gridiron efforts at Newark landed him in
Durham, N.C. where, after playing on the freshman team as required at that time, he started at offensive end for the varsity Blue Devils in 1955, 1956 and 1957. Hurm earned All-American honorable
mention from United Press International, was voted to the SAE All-America squad, honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference, and he topped off his career at Duke when the Blue Devils put a scare
into the mighty 4th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 1958 Orange Bowl game before the Sooners pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 48-21 victory. Hurm also played two years (freshman and sophomore)
of baseball at Duke.



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