Charlie Moore, the Cornell standout who twice won NCAA championships in the early 1950s, has donated his 1952 Olympic gold medal to his high school, Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. In October he called his experience at the school “the turning point” of his life.
Moore — who also served as the Director of Athletics at Cornell in the 1990s — claimed the medal at the 1952 Helsinki Games, when he nearly set a world record in the 400-meter hurdles.
Amazingly, his Mercersburg Academy has produced 54 Olympians, including 20 who claimed medals. That list includes Penn gold medal winners Ted Meredith and Bill Carr.
Moore continues to serve as the executive director of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.