Fred Schule

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrederick William "Fred"•Schule
Used nameFred•Schule
Born27 September 1879 in Preston, Iowa (USA)
Died14 September 1962 in Poughkeepsie, New York (USA)
AffiliationsMichigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor (USA) / Milwaukee AC, Milwaukee (USA)
NOC United States


Having won the AAU high hurdles in 1903, Fred Schule took the Olympic gold the following year. Schule won the Big 10 Championship in the long jump in 1900 and 1901 while a student at the University of Wisconsin. Schule worked as a bacteriologist for the Chicago Sanitary District for five months, and then returned to the University of Wisconsin for post graduate studies in bacteriology. From 1902 to 1903, he taught physics at a high school in Wausau, Wisconsin, and then went to the University of Michigan where he earned a masters’ degree in chemistry in 1904. While at Michigan he played on the football team and ran track, winning the high hurdles at the 1904 Penn Relays.

Schule later became a chemist, working for several chemical firms in Utah in 1904-05. In 1905 he was director of the gymnasium at the University of Montana and served as head football coach there from 1905-06 and head basketball coach from 1905-07. Schule later returned to chemistry, working for Kentucky Laboratories, Norwich Pharmacy, and Bristol Laboratories. He had various jobs throughout his life, working as a shoe merchant, a high school teacher, an engineer with Westinghouse Lamp, and a stock speculator. In 2008, Schule was posthumously inducted into the University of Michigan Track & Field Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests: 120yH – 15.8 (1904); LJ – 22-4 (6.81) (1901).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Fred Schule
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 5
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) DNS
High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
120 yards Hurdles, Handicap, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 2