Hiles Stout was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the annals of Peoria high school athletics. He went on to become one of the few bonafide two-sport standouts in the history of the University of Illinois.
A rugged competitor and inspirational leader, Stout established unprecedented records at Peoria Central High School as an all-star performer in football, basketball and baseball. He was a standout quarterback who gained over a mile in total offense in his career. A brilliant center in basketball, he led Central to a second place finish in the 1953 state tournament. He was also a long-ball hitting first baseman On the Central baseball team.
At one time Stout's 1,546 career basketball points and single-game high of 48 (against Spalding) led all local prep players. Currently, he is fourth on the alltime list in both career and single-game scoring.
After his prep days, Stout earned three letters each in football and basketball at the University of Illinois. He was the No. 1 quarterback in 1956 and a starting forward on the basketball team.