Curtis Hill was a potential top draft choice when his football career came to tragic end with the plane crash of 1960.
One of the most dangerous offensive weapons on the field from 1958 to 1960, Hill was a three-year starting receiver for the Mustangs. Hill led the Mustangs in receiving in 1958 with 377 yards and four touchdowns. Again, in 1960 he led the team with 447 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
A transfer from Bakersfield College, one of the his many highlights came on the defensive side of the ball as he intercepted a pass against UC Santa Barbara and returned it for a school record 93 yards. In 1958, Hill was second on the team with three kickoff returns for 44 yards as a sophomore and scored 40 points for the Mustangs as he was named to the California Collegiate Athletic Association All-Conference team. He was second in the conference in scoring and led the league in receiving that year.
A native of Bakersfield, Hill attended Bakersfield College where he was an All-Conference selection on the field and very active in the community. Each year, Hill would work with area youths and teach football and baseball skills. A member of the student government, Hill was recognized for his ability to get along with other students regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic status.