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Enshrined in 1980 … 1932 Spring Valley H.S. graduate … record-setting football player and champion track runner … his freshman year, he was a unanimous first-team All-Rockland selection as an offensive end, and helped Spring Valley capture the county championship … he repeated as first-team All-County end his sophomore year … was considered the PSAL’s premier punter and best handler of forward passes, as well as an outstanding defensive end … he also excelled in varsity track and field, winning the County championship in the 440- and 880-yard runs his sophomore year, 1930, after finishing second in both events as a freshman … during the Great Depression, Willis dropped out of high school after sophomore year to work with his father as a building custodian at the high school … he did, however, continue his football exploits as a star player for the Spring Valley Alumni football team … he led the 1930 alumni squad to a 7-0 mark … that teamscored a record 170 points and allowed only 6 points … Willis scored three touchdowns in a game three times that season, and had the league’s best punt-ing average, topping 35 yards per punt … he also returned a punt a record 80 yards … in 1931, he set a league record for receiving yards in a season with 208 … that year, he helped lead the Spring Valley alumni to an 8-0-1 record, he scored in seven of the nine games, and led the league in punting with an average exceeding 40 yards per punt … alumni teams for which he played compiled a six-year record of 38 wins, 5 losses and 9 ties, including a four-year stretch with only two losses … he led the circuit in punting each year and was the outstanding player in the league for five straight years … his nickname was “The Devastating Duke.”