|William DeHart Hubbard
the first black athlete to win an
Olympic gold medal in an individual event
William DeHart Hubbard was born
in Cincinnati, Ohio, on
November 25, 1903. As a student at Douglass
School, Stowe School, and Walnut Hills High
School, Hubbard was known as the fastest kid in
school; he was also a very intelligent student,
with a four-year scholastic average of 90 (out of
At the University of Michigan
(1922-1927) Hubbard won six straight AAU long
jump titles, two AAU triple jump titles, and two
NCAA long jump titles. He also tied the world
records for the 60- and 100-yard dashes. In 1927,
he set a new world record for the long jump with
a leap of 25 feet 10.85 inches.
At the 1924 Olympic Games in
Paris, Hubbard became the first black athlete to
win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event,
when he won the long jump with a leap of 24 feet
5 inches. He also participated in the triple
jump, but did not win a medal in that event.
Hubbard also participated in the long jump at the
1928 Olympic Games, but did not earn a medal.
In 1927 Hubbard was hired by
the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, for which
he worked until 1941. In 1942 he moved to
Cleveland, where he became the Racial Relations
Advisor for the Federal Housing Authority. He
retired from this position in 1969.
William DeHart Hubbard was
voted into the National Track Hall of Fame in
1957. He died in Cleveland on June 23, 1976.
Ohio History Central http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Hubbard,_William_D.?rec=2377
USA Track & Field www.usatf.org/HallOfFame/TF/showBio.asp?HOFIDs=77
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