Hugh Dunn arrived to Missouri Valley College in 1941. After his first year, he joined the Army. Dunn served in World War II, stationed in Germany with the D company of the 253rd Infantry Regiment. He was injured in battle, causing him to lose his left hand and lower arm. After the war, Dunn received a Purple Heart and Silver Star Medal for his outstanding courage.
In 1945, at age 25, he returned to Missouri Valley, where he played football and ran track for four more years despite what others would consider disabilities. As an All-American running back, blocking back and quarterback, Hugh won national awards including the Williamson Trophy, presented to the most valuable small college player in the country. At quarterback, he helped lead the Vikings to 41 consecutive victories and two bowl game wins.
Dunn graduated from Missouri Valley in 1948 and then attended the University of Missouri, where he earned a master’s degree in physical education.
Dunn went on to have an outstanding coaching career at Macon High School. Dunn coached at Macon for over 40 years. Regarded as one of the top football coaches in the state, Dunn ended with a career record of 234-148-15, six league championships, and four playoff appearances.
In 1971, Macon High School named the football stadium after Dunn. The following year, he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes Hall of Fame. Hugh also has been inducted into the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame.