Clarke Scholes

Clarke Scholes

Clarke Scholes
Personal information
Full name Clarke Currie Scholes
National team  United States
Born (1930-11-25)November 25, 1930
Detroit, Michigan
Died February 5, 2010(2010-02-05) (aged 79)
Detroit, Michigan
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team Michigan State University

Clarke Currie Scholes (November 25, 1930 – February 5, 2010) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic champion.

Scholes won the gold medal in the men's 100-meter freestyle at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. He also won gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relay at the 1955 Pan American Games.[1]

In 1948, as a Redford High School senior, Scholes won Detroit City League titles in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. He attended Michigan State University, and swam for the Michigan State Spartans swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. While under the direction of coach Charles McCaffree, Clarke was transformed into a five-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion in the 100-yard freestyle.[2]

Scholes was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980. He was part of the inaugural class of thirty inductees into the Michigan State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, and he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, which honors professional and amateur athletes who have played in, or are from, the state of Michigan.

See also


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External links

  • Clarke Scholes – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Clarke Scholes (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame