Coach Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indian School Track Team, Carlisle, PA, 1909.
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Carlisle Indian School Track Team of 1909, with Coach Warner, a trophy and a pennant that reads Carlisle.

Credit: Courtesy of the Cumberland County Historical Society

In the early 1900s, the Carlisle Indian School used football games and track meets to showcase how well it Americanized its students. In 1912, Carlisle would send two students to the Stockholm Olympics, Hopi Indian Louis Tewanima (1888 -1969) who won a silver medal in the 10,000 meters and Jim Thorpe (sitting with legs crossed), whose gold medal performance in the decathlon would remain unbeaten for more than two decades.

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