Clarke Scholes

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

Clarke Scholes
Scholes (right) at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameClarke Currie Scholes
National team United States
Born(1930-11-25)November 25, 1930
Detroit, Michigan, U. S.[1]
DiedFebruary 5, 2010(2010-02-05) (aged 79)
Detroit, Michigan, U. S.[1]
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight174 lb (79 kg)
College teamMichigan State University

Scholes won the gold medal in the 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.[2]

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.[3]

Scholes was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980.[4] 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


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Clarke Scholes". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  2. "D148 Archived copy". 2010. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  3. McCristal, J. Bruce and Bao, Robert (Summer 2008). "Clarke Scholes" (PDF). MSU Alumni Magazine (archived copy): 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 10, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2009.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Clarke Scholes (USA). International Swimming Hall of Fame
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