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William Smith

Class of 1940

William was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. His citation is below:

William Arnold Smith was truly a versatile player. Attending Washington College during a time when specialists in sports participation were not even considered, all students who could help by participating in a sport were expected to turn out. And turn out, Bill Smith did. He not only participated in the three popular sports of football, basketball and baseball, but helped with the tennis and track programs as well.

Bill Smith matriculated to Washington College from Baltimore, Maryland, in the 1935-36 school year. He was a graduate of Baltimore City College, where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. While attending Washington College, he participated for three years in football, playing both offensively and defensively at the end position. In basketball, where he was considered by his peers to be one of the most graceful and gifted athletes to ever perform at W.C., he held down a forward position for four years. Baseball Coach Tom Kibler used Bill at first base, also for four years.

During Bill’s tenure at Washington College, the Maroon and Black won two Maryland Collegiate basketball championships and three Maryland Collegiate baseball championships.

Bill Smith was known for his versatile participation in other college-sponsored activities as well. He was a member of the Theta Kappa Nu and Theta Chi fraternities, serving as president of the latter group in his senior year. He was a member of the Dramatic Club for four years, the Inter-Fraternity Council for two (serving as president his senior year), the Varsity Club for four years, the Glee Club for three years, and the Elm newspaper staff for three years.

After college, Bill Smith built a successful reputation as a high school teacher and coach of basketball and football.

The Washington College Hall of Fame Selection Committee considers it an honor to include the name of William Arnold Smith among its select list of inductees on this sixth day of October, 1989.