David L. Dunlap

David Lewis Dunlap (December 7, 1877 – July 9, 1954) was an American football player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball, college athletics administrator, and physician. He played football for the University of Michigan's "Point-a-Minute" teams from 1901 to 1903 and 1905. Dunlap was the head football coach and athletic director at Kenyon College in 1906, at the University of North Dakota from 1907 to 1911, and at Allegheny College in 1912. He also coached basketball and baseball at North Dakota and basketball at Allegheny.

David L. Dunlap
Dunlap from 1906 Michiganensian
Biographical details
Born(1877-12-07)December 7, 1877
DiedJuly 9, 1954(1954-07-09) (aged 76)
Playing career
Position(s)End, halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1908–1911North Dakota
1908–1912North Dakota
1910North Dakota
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1908–1912North Dakota
Head coaching record
Overall16–16–5 (football)
42–19 (basketball)
3–6–1 (baseball)

Early years

Dunlap was born in Iowa in 1877. His father, James B. Dunlap, was a farmer who immigrated to the United States from Ireland as a boy in 1847. Dunlap's mother, Clara M. Dunlap, was a New York native. They settled in Hazel Green Township, Delaware County, Iowa, near Hopkinton, Iowa. Dunlap had five older brothers and two older sisters.[1][2]

Dunlap attended college at Lenox College in Hopkinton, Iowa. He received a B.S. degree from Lenox in 1901.[3]

University of Michigan

After graduating from Lenox, Dunlap enrolled in the Department of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Michigan. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1906.[4] While attending medical school, Dunlap played football for the Michigan Wolverines football team for four years from 1901 to 1903 and 1905.[5] He appeared in five games (Case, Albion, Beloit, Ohio Normal, Ferris) at right end (and was a starter in one game) for the 1903 team.[6][7] Two years later, he was a starter at halfback in four games (including the Kalamazoo and Case games) for the 1905 team.[8] During the 1905 season, a controversy developed as to Dunlap's eligibility. He had participated in athletics at Lenox College, and some questioned whether he had a remaining fourth year of eligibility. A letter was received from the person in charge of athletics at Iowa indicating that the Association of Colleges in Iowa did not consider Lenox to be a college. The conference ruled that Dunlap remained eligible on the ground that Lenox was not a college.[9]

Dunlap was also a member of Michigan's varsity track team for four years.[10] During the 1905–06 academic year, he also served as a student member of the Board of Control in charge of the general supervision of athletic sports at the University of Michigan.[11]


In the fall of 1906, Dunlap was hired as the football coach and athletic director at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.[12][13] His 1906 football team tallied a record of 1–4–2.[14] After one year at Kenyon, he accepted a similar position at the Orchard Military Academy.[13]

From 1908 to 1911, Dunlap was the head football coach at the University of North Dakota. In four years at North Dakota, he had a record of 14–7–2.[15] He also coached North Dakota's baseball team to a 3–6–1 record in 1910.[16]

In August 1912, Dunlap was hired by Allegheny College as its physical and athletic director.[17][18] At the time of his hiring, the Boston Evening Transcript wrote:

"Dr. Dunlap is thirty-four years of age and stands six feet. He was under Yost for three years at Michigan in football, and has also acquired a good reputation as a coach. He also has a record in track. Apart from his all-around ability as physical director, Dr. Dunlap's greatest strength seems to be as coach in football and trainer in track."[19]

He later returned to North Dakota as its athletic director.[20]

Family and later years

In September 1913, Dunlap married Lulu Elta Loomis at Ypsilanti, Michigan. In a draft registration card completed in September 1918, Dunlap indicated that he was living in Highland Park, Michigan with his. He was a self-employed physician with an office in the Kresge Building in Detroit.[21] At the time of the 1920 United States Census, Dunlap was still in private practice as a physician and living with his wife in Highland Park. By that time, they had two sons David (age 4) and Gregg (age 2).[22] Ten years later, Dunlap and his wife remained living in Highland Park, and Dunlap continued in private practice as a physician. By that time, they had four children, Ward (age 15), David (14), Gregg (age 13) and Jean (age 6).[23]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs
Kenyon Lords (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1906)
1906 Kenyon 1–4–20–2–26th
Kenyon: 1–4–20–2–2
North Dakota Flickertails (Independent) (1908–1911)
1908 North Dakota 5–2
1909 North Dakota 4–0–1
1910 North Dakota 3–3
1911 North Dakota 2–2–1
North Dakota: 14–7–2
Allegheny Gators (Independent) (1912)
1912 Allegheny 1–5–1
Allegheny: 1–5–1


  1. Census entry for James and Clara Dunlap and family. David L. was two years old. Ancestry.com. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1880; Census Place: Hazel Green, Delaware, Iowa; Roll: 336; Family History Film: 1254336; Page: 456B; Enumeration District: 157; Image: 0695.
  2. Census entry for James B. Dunlap (born 1833), Clara M. Dunlap (born 1833), Clara May Dunlap (born September 1875), and David L. Dunlap (born December 1877). Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1900; Census Place: South Fork, Delaware, Iowa; Roll: T623_428; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 87.
  3. Calendar of the University of Michigan, 1905-1906. University of Michigan. 1906. p. 356.
  4. Physician and Surgeon, "The Aesculapian Grist at Ann Arbor," 1906, p. 382.
  5. "1901 Michigan football team roster". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  6. "1903 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
  7. The Michigan Alumnus, November 1903, pp. 83-86.
  8. "1905 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.
  9. The Michigan Alumnus, "Athletic Conditions at Michigan," Feb. 1906, p. 209.
  10. 1906 Michiganensian, p. 125.
  11. Calendar of the University of Michigan, 1905-1906. University of Michigan. 1906. p. 42.
  12. The Michigan Alumnus, vol. 13, "News from the Classes," October 1906, p. 39.
  13. "Dr. Dunlap Chosen: Allegheny College Trustees Elect Physical Director". The Gazette Times. August 22, 1912.
  14. "Results (1890-1909)". Media Guide: Football. Kenyon College. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  15. "David L. Dunlap Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse.
  16. "Fighting Sioux Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). 2007. p. 7.
  17. "Dunlap Is Director of Allegheny Sport". Pittsburgh Daily Post. August 26, 1912. p. 2.
  18. It is likely that he also coached football at Allegheny. However, the person who coached the Allegheny football team in 1911 and 1912 is identified as David S. Dunlap. In addition to the different middle initial, there is a discrepancy as to how he could have coached football at both North Dakota and Allegheny in 1911.
  19. "College Athletic News". Boston Evening Transcript. October 1, 1912.
  20. A Memorial of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the University of Michigan, University of Michigan, 1915, p. 152.
  21. Draft registration card for David Lewis Dunlap, born December 7, 1877. Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Wayne County, Michigan; Roll: 1675661; Draft Board: 0.
  22. Census entry for D. Lewis Dunlap and family. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1920;Census Place: Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_801; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 699; Image: 579.
  23. Census entry for David L. Dunlap and family. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1930; Census Place: Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 1074; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 986; Image: 344.0.
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