Swimming sensation Mark Spitz, winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, is a graduate of Santa Clara High School and an alumnus of the Santa Clara Swim Club. In 1967, Spitz set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly event. And a year later, at the Mexico City Olympics, he won the silver in the 100-meter butterfly and the bronze in the 100-meter freestyle. Spitz also came away with two gold medals as a member of both the U.S. 400- and 800-meter freestyle relay teams. In 1972, at the Munich Games, he won a record seven gold medals — 100- and 200-meter freestyle, 100- and 200-meter butterfly, 400-meter medley relay and 400- and 800-meter freestyle relay teams.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Plaque location: Santa Clara International Swim Center