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Athletics Hall of Fame

Bill Bliss '48

Class of 2010

Soccer, Hockey, Crew

 

 

Bill Bliss was a six-time varsity letter winner and a two sport captain during his time at Nobles. The school’s first organized soccer team was introduced during Bill’s senior year. He was elected captain of that team and led the group to an undefeated season. It was his steady play, fine defensive work and strong leadership skills that guided Nobles in its opening season. He was a three-year member of the varsity hockey team and captained the team in his senior year. As an excellent defenseman, he served as the team’s anchor on the blue line, and also possessed a strong offensive element in his game, adding six goals and six assists in his final year. That senior year squad was near perfect; the only blemish on the schedule was a 7-5 loss to the Harvard freshman team. Removing the Harvard game from the schedule, the Nobles team outscored its opponents 68-9 and trounced rival Milton Academy by a combined score of 16-0 in two contests. Bill was a part of a memorable era for Nobles hockey, during which time the squad went 22-0-2 against Milton. In the spring, Bill was two-time member of the first boat in crew; this boat went undefeated in Bill’s senior year.

After graduation, Bill went on to Harvard, where he played varsity hockey and rowed. To this day, Bill continues to be a strong supporter of Nobles athletics. One of his fondest memories involving the school and sports was the Nobles Skating Association. When the Flood Rink was first built, Bill says, it was “the biggest babysitting service in Dedham on Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, a group of Nobles graduates including Steve Glidden, Beezer Almy, and others taught kids to play hockey. At one point, we had 150 kids and were turning others away. We got some future great hockey players going.” Along with Elise R. “Butch” Wallace, Bill co-founded the Nobles Marathon Fund, the school’s third largest endowed fund for scholarship (currently making it possible for six students to attend Nobles). Bill is also a devoted, long-standing member of the Graduates’ Council.

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2010 Hall of Fame Bill Bliss '48