Football: Darwin Horn Spotlight
6-foot-2, 215 pounds, called “Big Dar” by fans.
Member of the National Small College Championship team of 1947.
Played in every game, led the team in scoring all three years.
Elected to the
Pepperdine Football All-Time Record-Holder
RUSHING YARDS Career: 1,577 yards
RUSHING YARDS Single Season: 564 yards
TOUCHDOWNS Career: 38
TOUCHDOWNS Single Season: 19
TOUCHDOWNS Single Game: 3
POINTS Career: 234
POINTS Single Season: 115
POINTS Single Game: 18
Completed his naval service in March. Attended a local community college for a year while deciding what four-year school to play for.
“Many of my high school and service friends attended the big colleges in town but the sheer number of people just milling about made everything seem so crowded. Then I visited Pepperdine,” he would recall.
Horn enrolled in a pre-engineering course at
“It was so quiet, so calm and a drastic change from the other places. The teachers took time to visit as a friend as I crossed campus. The football coach (Head Coach Warren Gaer) talked with us not just once a day, but twice. I was so impressed with the people there,” Horn said.
Third in scoring among small college teams. Scored 100 points (16 touchdowns) in just eight games, which nearly doubled the opponents’ total points scored against the Waves (56). Accounted for half of the Waves total points for the season (202). Named Little (College) All-American by the Associated Press and the United Press.
“Potentially, he has all the makings of another Ernie Nevers. If Horn were playing for a major college team he would, by his junior or senior year, become one of the immortals of football,” said Bill Schroeder, Managing Director of the Helms Athletic Foundation, recalling the play of Darwin Horn in the 1947 season.
Gained 458 yards on the season, leading the team. Helped lead the Waves to a homecoming victory over
“Pepperdine was a great school for me. I met my wife there, made so many friends and am so happy to still be involved with the college today. I just cannot seem to say Âno’ to anything when asked by the alumni office to help. The people were special, and the experience still is,” said Darwin Horn.
1949-1951: Became a patrolman with the Los Angeles Police Department.
1951: Joined the
1981: Retired after 30 years with the agency.
He wrote an autobiography titled “Dar’s Story: Memoirs of a Secret Service Agent.” The book was published in 2002.
Horn met and married his Pepperdine sweetheart, Shirley, who passed away in January 2006.