William Seyfert Flippin ’59

At Episcopal, Mr. Flippin was a star on both the football and the track and field teams. He played end for two seasons on the varsity football team, earning All-State honors in his senior year. The football team finished 6-2-1 in 1957, including a 27-0 victory against Woodberry Forest School, and went 7-1-1 for the 1958 season. He caught two touchdown passes in the 1958 game against Mercersburg Academy.
However, Mr. Flippin shone even more brightly on the track and field team. As captain, he led the 1959 track team to its best season of the era. Mr. Flippin was the first track captain under famed Coach Jim Seidule, who described him as “a superb leader.”
The 1959 “Whispers” wrote: “Bill Flippin is probably one of the three greatest track men ever to attend The High School. He was a leader, an example, and an inspiration to every member of the team. His achievement of breaking six school records is unprecedented, and should be unequaled for many years. Everything he did must be described in superlatives, and his leadership – by demonstration instead of mere words – was beyond praise. He leaves a gap which can be filled only by several boys, and takes the devotion of his teammates with him.”
Mr. Flippin went on to study at Yale University, where he joined the track and field team. He was high point man at the Penn Relays in his sophomore year and captained the team as a senior.