Athletics 115
physical manhood ever wore the nation's uniform. He proved a gallant
and able soldier and attained the rank of captain; he was killed in
battle in the last few months of the war. In his honor is named the
Frank Thompson Gymnasium at State College in Raleigh.
After Frank Thompson came Dr. W. C. Smith, also an able coach,
who served for love of the game and Wake Forest, and whose teams
won their share of the games. Deserving of more than passing
mention is Harry Rabenhorst also, a student, whose team in 1918 won
the first game under the new regime from State College. With the
assistance of F. A. Blanchard, later a physician of McColl, South
Carolina, he developed an aggressive team from the scant material
that the turmoil of the war allowed. All the students and most other
people who knew him loved and admired him. Since leaving Wake
Forest he has had a distinguished career on the athletic faculty of the
University of Louisiana.
Another great coach was "Hank" (Henry) Garrity, who had been a
star player on the football team of Princeton University, from which
he graduated in 1922; for the next year, he was assistant coach at the
University of Missouri. Coming to Wake Forest in September, 1923,
and bringing with him some admiring young men of the West, among
them Fred Emmerson, before the end of the season he had astounded
athletic circles in North Carolina by his development of the Wake
Forest football team. In the three years he was here he made the team
the best in the State, thus realizing even though for a brief period the
hopes and aspirations of students, faculty, alumni and friends of the
College. It is not too much to say that he set a new standard for
college football in North Carolina, and made all aware of the value of
a good coach. Since that time some of our institutions have been
paying salaries of ten thousand dollars or more for their coaches.
Garrity was coach also of baseball and basketball in both of which he
trained teams of like spirit.
It was not easy to follow Garrity, but Coach Jim Baldwin did it as
well as any one could have done it. No one knew any of the games
better than he, and though he was not supported
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