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John C. Knipp

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1959


Johns Hopkins University

Knipp was born in 1895 in Baltimore and attended Baltimore City College, graduating in 1912. He continued his education at Johns Hopkins University and graduated with a BA degree in 1917.

John played lacrosse on championship teams at Baltimore City College in 1911 and 1912, and played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins from 1913-17. He was captain of the 1917 team.

Moving to the Mt. Washington Club, John played for three years, 1920, 1925 and 1926, and captained the 1920 team. While at Johns Hopkins, John also played football. In 1915, John played with the University of Toronto's championship team.

After his playing days, John coached lacrosse at Mt. Washington and also at Johns Hopkins. Knipp did some officiating during the early 1920s, but most of his lacrosse work was either as a player or a coach. Other honors that he received in lacrosse are as follows: member of the Bill Schmeisser's All-Time Hopkins Lacrosse Team, honorary member of the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches' Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame Foundation.

In business, John was a member of the firm of John C. Knipp & Sons of Baltimore, an interior decorating and furnishing company. During World War I, he enlisted as a cadet in the Army Air Service for pilot training, transferred to the Artillery Observation Group, but saw no service because of the Armistice.

John Knipp passed away in 1962.