George Clark, one of Wilson’s greatest high school athletes in the first half of the 20th century who went on to star in football and baseball at Duke University, died Thursday at the age of 94.
We mourn the loss of Duke Athletics Hall of Fame member George Clark, who passed away on Thursday.
Our condolences are extended to the family and loved ones of Clark.
— Duke Baseball (@DukeBASE) July 3, 2020
Clark, who graduated from Charles L. Coon High in 1943, was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987 and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Clark was part of a wave of players from Wilson, including the three Davis brothers — Jap, Tom and Bill — to star for the Blue Devils in the 1930s and 1940s. Clark was a high school teammate of Bill Davis in 1941 and then as a Duke teammate of Tom Davis in the fall of 1943.
Clark, who also starred in basketball and baseball at Coon, was the MVP of the 1942 Cyclone football team, coached by Leon Brogden, that lost to Greensboro High in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class A championship game.