Cleveland's Black History: David Albritton

Track hall of famer and politician

CLEVELAND - David Albritton was born in 1913 in Danville, Alabama but was raised in Cleveland. He went on to become a track star at East Technical High School and joined Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. He received a silver medal for his second place finish in the high jump.

In the 1940's Albritton became and industrial arts teacher and athletic coach at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio. Then in 1954 he worked for the U.S. State Department where he set up athletic programs in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Turkey.  He stepped into the political arena in 1960 and won a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives as a Republican.

Albritton chaired the House Interstate Cooperation Committee in 1969 and became the first African-American in Ohio history to head a House committee. He was a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Ohio Sport Hall of Fame, and the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame.

David Albritton married Margaret Ann Holliday in 1937 and had one son, David II.

Albritton died in Dayton in 1994.

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