George C. Griffin

1896 to 1990

Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1896, George C. Griffin studied at Georgia Tech from 1914 to 1918. He then signed up to serve in World War I, and returned to Georgia Tech from 1920 to 1922 and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. Griffin played football under Coach John Heisman, and scored two touchdowns in the game known as "the biggest blowout in college or professional football," when Georgia Tech beat Cumberland University 222-0. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Griffin remained involved at Georgia Tech for 70 years as a math instructor, assistant football coach, tennis coach, track coach, and cross-country coach. His "Hip Pocket Fund" became an unofficial need-based scholarship for students. In March 1941, Griffin was called to active duty as a Captain in the Naval Reserve during World War II, but returned to Tech in 1946 as the Dean of Men. Dean Griffin is a most beloved figure in Georgia Tech's history; new students enjoy taking pictures with his statue outside the Ferst Center for the Arts. Although he often called himself a "sack brain" because of his absentmindedness, he remembered the name of every Tech student he ever met. 

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Served as the Georgia Tech Dean of Men
  • Authored, "Griffin, You are a Great Disappointment to Me"
  • Played on the Georgia Tech Football Team under Coach John Heisman