During the formative years of Duke athletics, intercollegiate boxing ranked as one of the Blue Devils' strongest programs. And one of the strongest boxers was Danny Farrar.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Farrar lettered from 1936 through 1938 and helped the Blue Devils to two state championships while earning numerous individual accolades.
Boxing in the 145-pound class, Farrar was at his best in 1936 when he became one of the first Duke athletes to claim an individual NCAA championship. He also made a serious bid for a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team that year, reaching the quarterfinals at the Olympic Trials.
Farrar had excellent junior and senior years as well. In 1937, he was conference runner-up, while in 1938 he captained the Blue Devil squad and claimed the league championship at 145 pounds.
Boxing was dropped as an intercollegiate sport following the 1940 season.