Robert “Bob” Leavitt 1903

1906 Olympics, USA Track & Field
Bob Leavitt became Mercersburg’s first medalist when he raced to the gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles at the 1906 Olympics in Athens, Greece (referred to as the Intercalated Games). Leavitt, who had set the American collegiate record in the 110 yard hurdles (15.8) while at Williams College in 1905, and Alfred Healey from Great Britain leaped over the final hurdles in one rhythm and finished in a dead heat, at 16.2 seconds. After a lengthy discussion, Olympic officials decided that Leavitt had won by one foot.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
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