Ed Burke

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Ed Burke’s greatest athletic contributions to Napa High School came in the field events of track and field competition. He competed for the Napa High School track team in 1957 and 1958, and set the state record for the discus in 1958. He also played for the varsity football teams in 1956 and 1957 and was good enough to earn a football scholarship to San Jose State. He played four years of football at San Jose, but while there, he took up the hammer throw and became so proficient, that he won the conference and national titles while in college and set the world’s record in that event in 1967. Burke represented the United States in three Olympic Games and is probably best remembered as the man who carried the American flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Burke is the inventor of the Universal Gym System.