Dave Albritton

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David Albritton
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 34th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – December 31, 1972
Preceded by None (First)
Succeeded by Ed Orlett
Personal details
Born April 13, 1913[1]
Danville, Alabama, U.S.
Died May 14, 1994(1994-05-14) (aged 81)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1936 Berlin High jump

David Donald Albritton (April 13, 1913 – May 14, 1994) was an American athlete. He had a long career that spanned three decades and numerous titles and was one of the first high jumpers to use the straddle technique. He was born in Danville, Alabama.[2]

Albritton had a number of similarities with all-time great Jesse Owens. Both were born in Alabama, Albritton in Danville and Owens in nearby Oakville; both attended East Technical High School in Cleveland, Ohio; both attended the Ohio State University and were coached by Larry Snyder; both were members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; both competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics.

As a sophomore at Ohio State, Albritton won the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in 1936.[3]

In 1936, Albritton and Cornelius Johnson both cleared 6 ft 9​34 in (2.07 m) to set a world record at the Olympic Trials, becoming the first blacks to hold the world record in the event. Albritton was second to Johnson at the 1936 Summer Olympics, with a height of 6 ft 6​34 in (2.00 m). He claimed the silver medal in a jump-off after he and two other jumpers cleared the same height.

Albritton and Johnson were snubbed by Hitler when they went to collect their medals.[4]

Albritton won or tied for seven National Amateur Athletic Union outdoor titles from 1936 to 1950. He was AAU outdoor champion in 1937, 1946, and 1947 and tied for three national collegiate titles, in 1938, 1945, and 1950.

Albritton later became a high school teacher and coach. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives for six terms. In 1980, he was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame. A historic marker honoring Albritton was unveiled on July 12, 2013 Danville, Alabama.[5]

David D. Albritton is buried at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio. He is located in Section 300 Lot 86.


  1. ^ "USATF – Hall of Fame". USA Track & Field. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Dave Albritton". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "The other Jesse Owens: The forgotten 1936 Berlin Olympic story of Alabama's David Albritton". The Birmingham News. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Johnson, Albritton, and Thurber's Patriotic and Defiant Bellamy Salute in Response to Hitler's Snub at Berlin in 1936". The Sport Journal. September 22, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "David Donald Albritton". Decatur Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  6. ^ generator, metatags. "Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum". www.woodlandcemetery.org. Retrieved December 5, 2017.

Preceded by
United States Walter Marty
Men's High Jump World Record Holder
along with Cornelius Johnson

1936-07-12 – 1937-08-12
Succeeded by
United States Mel Walker
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