Jim Thorpe Born: May 28, 1887 Oklahoma – Indian Territory Died: March 28, 1953 Tribe: Sac and Fox
Name James Francis Thorpe Native name Wa-Tho-Huck “Bright Path”
Education 1904 – Father sent him to Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania White teachers hoped to “civilize” the Indians Students weren’t allowed to speak their native tongue or use their native names
Education, cont. Students left their traditional lifestyles at the gates They were forced to cut their long hair.
Carlisle School Athletics Coach Glen Scobie “Pop” Warner High Jump Jumped 5’9” first attempt
Awards All-American Halfback Olympic Decathlon and Pentathlon King Gustave: “World’s Greatest Athlete College Football Hall of Fame N.F.L.’s “Most Valuable Player”
Awards Professional Football Hall of Fame Film: The All American Sports Magazine: Greatest American Football Player in History Wide World of Sports: Greatest Athlete of the Century Musical: Warrior: An American Tragedy Featured on Wheaties Cereal box