A "Happy Birthday" Harrison Dillard
7/17/2013, 8:23 p.m.
A "Happy Birthday" salute goes out to Cleveland's Olympic great, Harrison Dillard, who celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday, July 7. Harrison, after 64 years, returned to London, England, the scene of his Olympic triumphs for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.Dillard graduated from East Technical High School in 1941. He attended Wooldridge Elementary and Kennard Junior High School.
He won his first ribbon for being the fastest in the Playground Olympics, winning the 50-yard dash.His nickname, "Bones," was given to him when he was young because he was so thin and skinny. He further proved his track prowess at Baldwin Wallace College. He joined the Army Reserves and was called to active duty. His coach at B.W., Ed Finnegan, was able to get him a weekend pass to come home to compete.
The road to the London Olympics came during his time in the military. He ran in what they called the G.I. Olympics and won the low and high hurdles, 200-yard dash and the 4x100 relay. His Olympic victories were in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. Today, he is the oldest-living 100-meter winner and continues to be active. Harrison Dillard was also honored as one of the famous Buffalo Soldiers.