Charlie Moore joined Ted Meredith ’12 and Bill Carr ’29 as the most accomplished Olympic track and field athletes in Mercersburg history. Moore was the Academy’s sixth medal winner at the Olympics, the fifth to win an Olympic gold medal, and the third track athlete to win multiple Olympic medals. The son of fellow Olympian and Mercersburg alumnus Charles "Crip" Moore Sr. ’22, Moore earned the gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles and ran the third leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay that ran to a silver medal finish for the United States track and field team at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
Moore, a native of Coatesville, Pa., was also an NCAA champion for Cornell University in the 220-yard hurdles and the 440-yard hurdles. He set an Olympic record time of 50.8 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles in Helsinki. Unbeaten in his career at 440 yards/400 meters, Moore went on to set the world record in the 440 yard hurdles twice within five days, lowering the mark to a time of 51.6 seconds.
Moore, who is credited with what was then the revolutionary innovation of 13 steps between hurdles in the 400 meters (compared with the 15-step standard used prior) is a member of the U.S. Track Hall of Fame and was named one of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Golden Athletes in 1996.
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. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173