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John Johnstone

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Oliver•Johnstone
Used nameJohn•Johnstone
Born21 January 1892 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)
DiedFebruary 1969 in Lancaster, Massachusetts (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsBoston AA, Boston (USA)
NOC United States


John Johnstone won the AAU high jump in 1912 and the indoor AAU high jump in 1913. At the IC4A meet, he placed third in both 1915-16. After graduating from Worcester Academy, he competed for Harvard and the Boston AA. After college he and his wife initially settled in Lewiston, Maine, where Johnstone was a French professor and coached track. That lasted for only a few years before they returned to Worcester where he became a professor and coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After retiring from that position, he worked as a substitute teacher and volunteer track coach at Assumption College in Worcester.

Personal Best: HJ – 1.90 (6-3) (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Johnstone
High Jump, Men (Olympic) =6