Founders Hall (2012)
Frank Bissell was captain of the undefeated 1932 football team and the inter-form wrestling champion during his sixth form year at The Hill, as wrestling was not yet a varsity sport at The Hill, and then went on to have an outstanding wrestling career at The University of Michigan.
He is best remembered for his coaching ability, however. He became the head wrestling coach in 1947, and by his retirement in 1973 he had amassed a career record of 243-66-5 and guided the wrestling team to 17 Prep National Championships.
During his tenure, 44 wrestlers claimed individual national championships, and six were named the Outstanding Wrestler at Nationals. He prepared his squads for post-season tournaments by scheduling top public school and college freshman teams during the regular season.
His success as a coach didn’t depend on recruiting but rather on his ability to create wrestlers, in many cases out of boys lacking any identifiable athletic talent. Some of those boys who entered the school as unathletic third formers became champions as sixth formers. Frank instilled in his boys a mindset that doing anything less than their best was not enough and created a championship culture.
He also was the head football coach from 1953 until 1964, leading the 1953, 1955, and 1957 teams to undefeated seasons. Frank Bissell was elected into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.