As a child, Minneapolis’ Dan Fitzgibbons was significantly active in his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. As a student at Holy Spirit Grade School through eighth grade, he played football and basketball. Upon attending Shanley High School, he was heavily involved in theatre, Sandpebbles singing group, key club and several sports, including football, golf and intramural hockey. Once Fitzgibbons began college — first at North Dakota State University then completing his studies at Moorhead State — he remained active, working four jobs (Subway, Mexican Village, Standard Industries and cleaning offices) to pay for school and becoming a fraternity member with Alpha Tau Omega.