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Kermit King
  • As a long jumper, King was the USA Champion and ranked second in the world in 1937
  • Currently holds the long jump record at Pittsburg State at 25-10 ½
  • Awarded the PSU Meritorious Achievement Award in 2003
King, Kermit
Inducted 2002

Born: New York City, New York

Died: August 30, 2003 – Washington, D.C.

Graduated: Kansas State Teachers College (Pittsburg State University), 1937; MS – Kansas State Teachers College (Pittsburg State University), 1938

Overview

Born and raised in New York City, Kermit Clifford King came to Kansas in 1933 to attend school at Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg. In the sport of track and field, King never lost a long jump competition in 30 meets, never lost an event in dual meets or in a conference meet where he won 11 consecutive individual titles.

Career Highlights

King just missed qualifying for the 1936 Olympic Team when the sixth and final jump by a competitor knocked him from a qualifying position. He was the USA champion and ranked second in the world behind Jesse Owens in 1937. King also won the NCAA title in 1937, as well as AAU and Pan American titles. He still holds the long jump record of 25-10 ½ at Pittsburg State.

Post-Professional Career

After making his mark at Pittsburg State as an athlete, King went on to a distinguished international career in higher education. The PSU Meritorious Achievement Award was presented posthumously to him in 2003.