Bohn Hilliard lettered four years (1924-27) at Orange High School as a halfback and safety. He captained the 1926 O.H.S. team and was named all-state in 1927. Hilliard was also a star in basketball, track and baseball. He played in 1928-29 at Schreiner Institute, then played at the University of Texas in 1932-1934, earning All-American recognition all three years. Hilliard played both professional baseball and football for a short time.