Darrow Hooper was a champion at the age of 11 when he won a Fort Worth city title in the shot-put. Throughout his high school and college careers, Hooper was an outstanding and versatile athlete. At Fort Worth's North Side High School he lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. He set national high school records in the shot-put and the discus and was the city's top scorer in football as a T-formation quarterback. During his years at Texas A&M (1949-53), he developed into a world-class athlete, but was recognized most for his outstanding achievements in track and field. He won the shot-put and discus at the Texas, Drake, and Kansas Relays, starred on Southwest Conference championship teams, and won the shot-put silver medal in the 1952 Olympic games. Hooper was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.