Jim Norris

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJames Leo "Jim"•Norris
Used nameJim•Norris
Born7 July 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA)
Died3 June 2021 in Jackson, California (USA)
AffiliationsEl Segundo Swim Club
NOC United States


James Norris played water polo for the USA at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was also a member of the bronze medal winning team at the 1951 Pan American Games. Norris swam for El Segundo High School and later for Southern Cal. After graduating with a zoology degree from Southern Cal, Jim spent three years as a gunnery officer and athletic director on the USS Los Angeles in the US Navy, serving in Japan, Hong Kong, and in the Korean War.

Norris was a Los Angeles County Lifeguard in the early 1950s. Norris then taught and coached high school for eight years, before becoming a counselor at El Camino College, a position he held until his retirement in 1981. Norris was President of the Faculty Association at El Segundo High and El Camino College, and President of the California Community College Counselors Association. After retirement, Norris moved to the Santa Ynez Valley where he and his wife started Olive Press Publications. He also became a renowned local historian, specifically interested in the California Missions and fur trade.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) USA Jim Norris
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) United States 4

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