Olympic Bronze Medalist, 200 Meter Race
NCAA Track & Field Champion
Carlos was born in Harlem, New York in 1945. After
graduating from Machine Trade and Medal High School,
he was awarded a full track and field scholarship to
East Texas State University (ETSU). He attended ETSU
for one year, single-handedly winning the schools first
and only track and field Lone Star Conference Championship.
After ETSU, he matriculated to San Josť State University.
During his stay at San Josť State University, he participated in the
1968 Mexico Olympics and won the bronze medal in the 200 meters. During
the victory ceremony, John and Tommy Smith raised a black gloved fist
in protest against racism and economic depression for all opposed peoples.
This "Silent Protest" was voted as the sixth most memorable event of
Following the Mexico Olympics, John Carlos continued his education
and athletic feats at San Josť State University where he single handily
won the NCAA Track & Field National Championship in 1969. During his
stay, he broke the world record in the hundred-yard dash. Concluding
an illustrious career in track and field, John Carlos was drafted by
the NFL. After a short career in the NFL, he entered the public sector,
working for PUMA, the Olympics, and the City of Los Angeles.
Presently, John Carlos is working as the Track & Field Coach, and an
In-school Suspension Supervisor for Palm Springs High School in Palm
here to visit the official John Carlos website