Growing up, Hilliard said he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, other than have a good time.
“I didn’t know I was going to college,” he said. “Frank (Higdon, who inducted Hilliard) got a scholarship for basketball to Lincoln Memorial University. I thought that might be fun. I told my father I’d like to go to LMU, and when I got there, I realized I liked education and studying, enjoyed it, and I’m still doing it.”
Hilliard began at Tennga Grammar School and went to the high school at 12. He graduated at 16, said Higdon.
Though Hilliard didn’t make a “big splash” at Murray County High School, he said, “it prepared me well for what I was going to do the rest of my life. I’m proud to be a graduate of Murray County High School, and I thank you for this honor.”
Hilliard has published more than 50 articles in national and international scholarly journals.
“His service to finance is really extensive,” Higdon said. “He’s a welcome addition to the Murray County High School Hall of Fame.”