Jim Thorpe Influence On Education

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Jim Thorpe, one of the greatest athletes to ever walk this earth, lived his teenage years attending a Native American boarding school, speifcally attending the Sac and Fox Indian Agency school in Stroud, Oklahoma, then the Haskell Institute, which is an Indian boarding school located in Lawrence, Kansas, and finally attending college at the infamous Carlisle boarding school. However, Jim’s story does not start at his education, it begins at his Native American roots. On the morning of May 28th, a nine-and-a-half-pound baby was born as Wa-tho-huck to Hiram Thorpe, who was a Sac and Fox member and Irish, Charlotte Vieux who’s roots were in the Potawatomi tribe and France. The name of Wa-tho-huck translated directly to “path lit by great flash …show more content…
Olympic trials for both the pentathlon and the decathlon. The pentathlon for the 1912 Olympic games consisted of the long jump, javelin throw, 200 meter dash, discus throw and a 1500 meter race. The decathlon on the other hand consisted of the 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meter dash, discus throw, 110 meter hurdles, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500 meter run. He won the trials for these two events, easily qualifying for the 1912 Olympic games. Along with the deahlon and pentathlon, Jim Thorpe competed in the long jump and high jump. Jim Thorpe, one of the greatest athletes to ever walk this earth, lived his teenage years attending a Native American boarding school, speifcally attending the Sac and Fox Indian Agency school in Stroud, Oklahoma, then the Haskell Institute, which is an Indian boarding school located in Lawrence, Kansas, and finally attending college at the infamous Carlisle boarding school. However, Jim’s story does not start at his education, it begins at his Native American roots. On the morning of May 28th, a nine-and-a-half-pound baby was born as Wa-tho-huck to Hiram Thorpe, who was a Sac and Fox member and Irish, Charlotte Vieux who’s roots were in the Potawatomi tribe and France. The name of Wa-tho-huck translated directly to “path lit by great flash of lightning” or simply, “Bright Path”. To the rest of the world, however, this baby would become known by his Catholic baptized …show more content…
He attended this early education school with his twin brother, Charlie. By most accounts, Charlie and Jim were very close, however, Charlie died at the sound age of nine years old due to pneumonia. After his brothers death, Jim decided to run away from school, multiple times. Due to this, his father sent him to a boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas called the Haskell Institute . After two years attending Haskell Instate, Jim’s mother died as a result of childbirth complications. This caused the biggest depression of Jim’s life, causing a tremendous fight with his father, which in result, Jim left the boarding school to work on a horse ranch. At the age of 16 years old, Jim Thorpe decided to return back to the Sac and Fox tribe, to discuss the possibility of going back to school with his father. After another conversation, Jim and his father both decided it would be best to attend Carlisle Indian school in Carlisle

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