Boarding School Sports
Carlisle students exercising in the school gym, 1879Courtesy Smithsonian Institute National Anthropological Archives. Photographic Lot 81-12 06843300
The first formal football competition at Carlisle School was in
1893. In 1897 Carlisle had six wins and four losses and in 1898 had
five wins and four losses. This unexpected success against the nation’s
best football teams led to a great deal of national recognition for the
The School’s most famous alumnus is Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) who
is considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports.
Haskell teams played nearly every famous team in the nation and
won a majority of the games. The 1944 football team won all its games
and the 1946 team won all but one. Boxing emerged as a prominent sport
at Haskell and many championships were won in amateur competition; among
these was the National Championship in Golden Gloves won by Chester
Ellis in 1939. Famous alumni from Haskell Institute include Olympic
gold medalist Billy Mills and New York Yankee John Levi.