A graduate of Santa Clara High School and a member of the 1964 Olympic team, Don Schollander was the first swimmer to win four gold medals. He added a fifth gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Winner of the 100 and 200-meter freestyle, he also swam a leg on the United States winning 400- and 800-meter freestyle relay team. Selected the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1964, he also received the Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s finest amateur athlete. At the age of 18, he was the youngest ever to gain this prestigious honor.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
Plaque location: Santa Clara International Swim Center