A tribute to all the Pennsylvania athletes who
have served in the
United States armed forces

 The 1942-43 Susquehanna Twp. High School basketball team won 10 games and lost 6, a tall willowy Sophomore Dan Kline scored 116 points that year, the most by a Susquehanna Twp. Sophomore at the time, The next year, the 1943-44 team went 18 and 1, a great season and Dan Kline scored 261 points as a Junior, a school record that lasted for twenty years. That meant that Susquehanna Twp. was poised for a great 1944-45 season with the 6'4" Dan Kline returning for his senior year.
But suddenly the world changed, the Japanese attacked American forces at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941! Danny Kline's brother was blown off a ship in that attack, fortunately he survived, but 2,343 other Americans died on that day.
In the next few days, one third of the young men in the Susquehanna Twp. Senior Class left school and signed up to defend their country, that included one of the best athletes in the state, Dan Kline. He gave up his senior year to serve his country!
Kline survived, and like thousands of other American servicemen, he returned to take advantage of the G. I. Bill and enrolled at Penn State University. He didn't play basketball, but he did play football. Again fate stepped in, and an injury sidelined Dan for the 1947 Cotton Bowl Game (Penn State and SMU played to a 13-13 tie in that game).
Dan later coached both basketball and football at Edison Junior High in Harrisburg. He finished his teaching career at his alma mater, Susquehanna Twp.

 
Dan Kline, STHS, 1979

 (Nominated for recognition
by Peggy and Rusty Keiser!)


Danny Kline was honored at half time of the Pennsylvania / Maryland All Star Game held at Central Dauphin High School in 2003 when the PA Boys defeated the Maryland Boys 123-116.
Danny Kline died on April  4, 2007, his obituary is  HERE