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Adam R. Hornbuckle

was born in Laurel, Mississippi, the youngest of ten children born to Peter and Eulalia Boston. His father, who worked as a fireman for the Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio Railroad before losing sight in his right eye, provided for the family by farming, hauling junk, and doing other odd jobs. His mother was a homemaker. As a student at Oak Park High School in Laurel, Boston developed both academic and athletic skills. As quarterback on the football team, he led Oak Park to the African American state high school football championship in 1956. In track and field, Boston excelled in the hurdling, sprinting, and jumping events. As a junior in 1956 he established a national high school record in the 180-yard low hurdles and led Oak Park to the first of two consecutive African American state high school track championships.

After graduating high school in 1957 Boston earned ...

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Adam R. Hornbuckle

was born in East Orange, New Jersey, the eldest of the two children of Jetta Clark and Dr. Joe Louis Clark. The Clarks lived in Newark, a short distance from her birthplace, until moving to South Orange after the 1967 riots. Her father, who served as the principal of Eastside High School, in Paterson, New Jersey, gained national attention for enforcing discipline and improving academic achievement at Eastside, one of the state’s toughest inner-city schools, and became the subject of the 1989 film Lean on Me, in which the award-winning actor Morgan Freeman portrayed him.

Clark performed with the Alvin Ailey Junior Dance Company until the age of fourteen, when she began to participate in track, concentrating on the half-mile (880 yards), the distance at which her father excelled at William Patterson University (then known as the Paterson State Teachers College) in Wayne, New Jersey. Interviewed for the Best ...

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Elizabeth A. McAllister

track-and-field athlete, professional football player, and sports agent, was born in Newark, New Jersey, the eldest of three children of Harriet and Earl Nehemiah, the latter a bookbinder (his mother's occupation is not known). A wide receiver on his high school football team, Earl Nehemiah instilled in his sons an interest in athletics. At a young age, Renaldo “Skeets” Nehemiah and his younger brother Dion participated in wrestling, boxing, basketball, and karate. Nehemiah's nickname of “Skeets,” a family reference to his scampering around the house as a child, would accompany him throughout his life. In 1973 his mother died of cancer; as the eldest child, he assisted his father in taking care of the house and his two siblings. He ran hurdles in junior high school and later at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School from 1973 to 1977. His track coach, Jean Poquette assisted Nehemiah ...

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Adam R. Hornbuckle

one of five children of James Peacock and Rose Ann Chambers. His father, a sharecropper of African and Native American heritage, who also worked as a railroad dining car attendant, moved the family moved to New Jersey for better social and economic opportunities in the late 1910s. After living in Essex, they moved to Union in 1923, where his father worked as a fireman in a chemical factory.

As a student at Union High School, Peacock participated in basketball, football, and track and field. As a halfback on the football team, he scored 23 touchdowns in his senior year. At the 1933 New Jersey State High School Track and Field Championships Peacock won the 100 and 220 yard dashes and the long jump In the latter he established a national high school record of 24 feet 4¼ inches Later that same day at the National High School Track ...

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Richard Sobel

Olympic high jumper, athletic official, and businessman, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Curtis Thomas, a bus driver for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and Ida Kate (Shanks) Thomas. With his brother and sister, he grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended Rindge Technical High School. There he was a Boy Scout (Eagle Scout), on the newspaper, and captain of the track and tennis teams. Though initially unable to high-jump six feet, after his coach changed his style from the western roll (facing sideways) to the straddle (facing down), Thomas cleared 6 feet 8¼ inches and was named team captain and chosen for the national All-American High School Track Team, an honorary team of the best high school athletes, before graduating in 1958.

In fall 1958 he entered Boston University on an athletic scholarship He was on the dean s list captained ...