|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1928|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 2002|
JEROME COUSINS BIFFLE
Teacher, Counselor, Olympic Gold Medalist 1952
Attended Wyman Elementary and Morey Junior High School. A teacher once told him if kept up field day/track performances someday he might win a medal at the Olympics. Planting a seed at an early age for a goal. Jerome played football for the Young American League, softball in all positions and was a track star in 100 and 200-yard dashes, winning all events in long and high jump. At East High School in Denver he took his teams to State Championships during his junior and senior years 1945 and 1946. The spirit of determination, dedication, competitiveness along with perseverance and self-confidence Jerome learned at an early age and that belief carried him thorough his years as an educator. He believed people of all races, creeds, and socio-economic backgrounds could learn to live, play and work together and that education was a means to achieve just that.
At the University of Denver he became a virtual one-man track team using his skill to win National AAU and NCAA track meets, the Drake Relays, Kansas and Texas in both 1949 and 1950. Track and Field Magazine named him the country's outstanding track performer in 1950. In 1949 and 1950 he was selected to travel to Europe with an American Track Team on a goodwill tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and that same year was inducted into the U.S. Army. His athletic career culminated with his winning the Gold Medal in Helsinki Finland in 1952. After completing his service in the Army he returned to Denver University and received his Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance. Later in life he became a skilled skier and golfer.
Jerome received awards and recognition including induction into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame with the immortal Jesse Owens, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Denver Athletic Hall of Fame. His picture hangs in the Ford Warren Library among the African Americans recognized for their contributions to Colorado. His career as an educator began in 1956 with the Denver Public Schools as a junior and later a Senior high school teacher. Transferring to East High School is where his real passion shown thorough as guidance and college counselor. He served as track, cross country and golf coach for periods of time. When the Supreme Court order came out in 1963 with desegregation of the schools Jerome played a key role in initiating and creating programs to provide staff, students and parents opportunities to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding. As a counselor he would spend hours working with students of all backgrounds preparing and sending profiles to colleges.
Recognized for this effort the Masonic Grand Lodge of Colorado presented him with The Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service in public education. This meant more to him, as he would often say, than the Gold Metal because it represented the roles that God, family, friends and coaches played in molding his life.
He retired from Denver Public Schools in 1991 after 33 years of distinguished service. Jerome never hesitated to address issues and incidents of racial discrimination whenever he encountered them. A humble man, students respected and mentored. Some never knew he won the Gold Medal in Helsinki, to them Mr. Jerome Biffle was so much more. In his deep resonate voice his comment was, "It's not good enough to be the best, you have to be better than the best".
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Cremated, Ashes scattered.
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