Larkin High School Class of 1969
Curt, a 1969 graduate of Larkin High, is inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for football and track. He played offensive and defensive halfback on Larkin’s football teams during his junior and senior years, including the undefeated team of 1967. He also lettered in track and was a member of the mile relay team that finished in the top 5 in the state his junior year and in the top 10 in the state his senior year. Curt went on to a Hall of Fame career at Carthage College. As a freshman in 1969, he scored seven touchdowns and gained over 600 yards as a running back and punt return specialist on the Carthage College varsity football team. As a sophomore, Curt rushed for over 1400 yards, a Carthage record from 1970 to 2004, which currently ranks fourth all-time. Of that total, a still standing single-season record of1249 yards were in CCIW (College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) play, an average of 156.1 yards per game. His 74 points that season also led the CCIW. In addition, Whipple set a Carthage record for number of games with over 100 yards rushing which stood from 1970-2004. He was named All-CCIW First Team his sophomore year and again his junior year, when he led the CCIW in rushing again with 1108 yards for the 1971 undefeated Carthage team. Curt was also named a NAIA First Team All-American and on Associated Press’ Little All-America Team. His career was cut short when he suffered a career ending knee injury in the first conference game of his senior year. Curt's 2611 career rushing yards ranks seventh all-time in CCIW history. Carthage won four league titles during his career, including a 22-0-1 conference record his first three seasons. In 1992, Curt Whipple was inducted into the Carthage College Athletic Hall of Fame for both football and track and field.