David Hawk

HHS Class of 1951

Photo Courtesy: SMU Athletics

David Hawk was a three-year letterman (1948-1950) for the HHS football team. David served as the football team co-captain in 1950 with teammate Hollis Pollard. Mr. Hawk was selected All-District by the Fort Worth Press in for his efforts during the 1949 season. He also earned Honorable Mention All-State honors in both 1949 and 1950. While at HHS he also played basketball, baseball, and ran track. He was selected as a senior favorite (1950-51), Boy’s State (1950), and Rotary Club Boy (1951). Some of Mr. Hawk’s favorite memories during his high school career came as a result of sharing all academic and athletic facilities with Hillsboro College. David also enjoyed the fact that he attended a school that was big enough to compete at a high level, yet it was small enough to know the majority of his fellow students.

After graduating from HHS, David went on to Southern Methodist University. There he was a two-year letterman (1954 & 1955) for the football team playing both guard and linebacker. He served as a team co-captain with the legendary Forrest Gregg and earned several awards at SMU. He was selected All-Southwest Conference Honorable Mention (1954 & 1955), Academic All-American (1955), and he led the team in tackles in 1954 & 1955. Mr. Hawk continues to follow his SMU Mustangs and has attended several alumni events over the years.

David married the former JoAnn Miller in 1955. They have two children, Mark and Dean Hawk. Mr. Hawk also has two grandsons: Hayden and Logan Hawk.

After graduating from SMU with a BS in Secondary Education, David began his coaching career at Corsicana High School in 1956 where he served as the line coach. Mr. Hawk then moved to Victoria Junior College during the 1957 season, serving as the line coach. During the 1958 and 1959 years David was the defensive line coach at Wichita State University.

David then became the vice-president at the Tex Sun Glove Company in Corsicana. He held this position from 1960-1981. During this time Mr. Hawk became a high school and college official. He worked games at this level from 1960-1971. He then got the opportunity to become an official for the National Football League. David had a very good career with the NFL, and officiated in the league from 1972-1991. While in the NFL he had the opportunity to travel to Japan and officiate the American Bowl which pitted the Rams against the 49ers. After his retirement from the NFL, he remained active in the league becoming an Officiating Observer and Scout from 1992-2001. He remains a member of the NFL Professional Football Officials Association.

The Hall of Fame Committee is very proud to add such an outstanding individual as David Hawk to the Athletic Hall of Fame. Congratulations on your selection into the Hillsboro High School Athletic Hall of Fame-Class of 2015.