Homestead swim coach Jack Scarry, circa 1934.
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Homestead swim coach Jack Scarry standing on the steps of the Homestead Library.

Credit: Library and Archives Division, Sen. John Heinz History Center

After swimming on the Army water polo team in 1918, Jack Scarry became swim coach at Homestead's Carnegie Library and there became known as "The Maker of Champions." There he trained the children of working-class steel mill families who competed against, and defeated members of affluent athletic clubs from around the country. Scarry's swimmers captured numerous national and world records, and four competed in the Olympic games.

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