Willye B. White

Willye WhiteBorn: January 1, 1939
Died: February 6, 2007
Hometown: Money, MS
Year of Induction: 1981


High School

She was a 16-year old high school sophomore when she won the silver medal in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.



Tennessee State (1959-62)


Track and field career

  • Only American track athlete to appear in five Olympics (1956-60-64-68-72)
  • Silver medal, long jump (1956)
  • Silver medal, 4 x 100 relay (1964)
  • Member of four U.S. Pan American Games teams
  • Competed n 150 countries.
  • Chicago Sports Hall of Fame
  • U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame
  • Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame

Did You Know?

Willye White started running track on her hometown high school varsity track team when she was just 10 years old.