Pinney, Hubert


Dual-sport athlete Hubert Pinney, class of 1928, excelled in both football and track & field on his way to earning a business administration degree.


He lettered three times in each sport, beginning every year in the fall as a triple-threat producer on the gridiron. Pinney almost never came off the field while playing quarterback, defensive end and handling the punting duties.


His versatility carried over into track and field, where he was selected team captain and spearheaded the Cardinals in multiple events. Pinney had excellent form and graduated with school records in the high jump and broad jump, including a third-place finish against Big Ten Competition as a junior at the Ohio Relays.


Besides his jumping abilities, Pinney also threw the shot and discus, ran the 100-yard dash and even the low hurdles. He took second place in the broad jump at the Big Six meet, which eventually became the Big Eight and featured most schools that now make up the Big 12.


A relatively quiet man who let his skill/effort do the talking, Pinney was also part of the very first Westerville High School football team that was inducted into the High School HOF in the 1970’s. Known by his family as HK, Pinney spent his entire career as a time-efficiency expert.


He and his wife, Louise, who played field hockey and basketball at Ohio Wesleyan, lived near campus on Home Street throughout their adult life and started a family. They have one son, known as HR, along with three grandchildren.


Pinney eventually passed away at the age of 88 (buried in the Otterbein Cemetery), but not before leaving a lasting legacy that will not be forgotten.