Lithe, graceful Dave Appleby had few peers in the early 1930s during great athletic careers at Akron East High and Akron U. In the 1931 Ohio Class A track and field meet, Appleby scored all of East's 17 points with a first in the pole vault, seconds in the high hurdles and broad jump, and third in the low hurdles. Prior to that, he was on the East team which was the 1930 Ohio Class A basketball runner-up. At Akron U with Appleby in the lineup, the Zips won 38 of 45 starts, capturing the 1934 Ohio Conference championship. He was chosen All-Ohio Conference. He also starred in football and track for Akron U.