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Culbreath Elected to Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame

Josh Culbreath, Norristown Area HS class of 1951, has been elected to the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.

A PIAA state champion in the 200-yard low hurdles as a senior, Josh Culbreath became internationally famous in the 400-meter hurdles, earning Track & Field News world rankings in eight successive years from 1953 through 1960. Only in 1960 was he ranked below 3rd in the world.  Culbreath was the Olympic bronze medalist in 1956, and the next year broke the world record in the 440-yard hurdles. A 1955 graduate of Morgan State College, he was a three-time winner of the Penn Relays 400-meter hurdles, twice won the Pan-American Games title, and won the U.S./Soviet Union dual meet at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field in 1959

The induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020, during the Indoor State Championship Meet at Penn State University. The Hall of Fame was established in 1995 to honor the elite individuals in our state’s distinguished track and field history. A selection committee consisting of more than thirty coaches, officials, and journalists collect and reviews information about individuals who have been nominated. Further research is conducted, and a new ballot is formed each summer. Voting by the selection committee takes place in the fall, and the newly elected members are inducted at the Indoor State Championship Meet.

Each year, 6-to-12 athletes, one coach, one contributor, and one distinguished alumnus are inducted. Athletes become eligible for nomination five years after their high school graduation. Once nominated, a candidate remains under consideration in perpetuity. The committee currently has information on over 400 athletes, 100 coaches, and 50 contributors – more than a century’s worth of outstanding individuals - who have been nominated but not yet inducted. Those wishing to share details about deserving candidates are encouraged to submit a nomination through the PTFCA website (ptfca.org)

Fun Fact: Culbreath (left) took the Bronze medal in the 400 meter Hurdles at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Josh Culbreath pictured in LIFE Magazine (left)

(Original Caption) The three American Athletes who made a three place sweep in the 400 meter hurdles of the Olympics display smiles and medals here. Left to right: Silas Edward Southern, Dallas, Texas as, second place; Glenn Davis, Clinton, O., first place; and Josh Culbreath, Norristown, Pa., third place. Davis won in 50.1, a new Olympic record which is southern equaled in the semi-finals.

 
(Original Caption) The three American Athletes who made a three place sweep in the 400 meter hurdles of the Olympics display smiles and medals here. Left to right: Silas Edward Southern, Dallas, Texas as, second place; Glenn Davis, Clinton, O., first place ; and Josh Culbreath, Norristown, Pa., third place. Davis won in 50.1, a new Olympic record which is southern equaled in the semi-finals.(Original Caption) The three American Athletes who made a three place sweep in the 400 meter hurdles of the Olympics display smiles and medals here. Left to right: Silas Edward Southern, Dallas, Texas as, second place; Glenn Davis, Clinton, O., first place ; and Josh Culbreath, Norristown, Pa., third place. Davis won in 50.1, a new Olympic record which is southern equaled in the semi-finals.