Sherman Miller*

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Sherman Miller is the greatest runner ever to graduate from Napa High School. As a junior, Miller was ineligible to compete for Napa High, so he ran for the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and competed in open meets all over the United States. His most famous accomplishment that year was finishing second to world record holder Herb McKinley of Jamaica, in a race at Edwards Track at U.C. Berkeley. Third place finisher in that race was Ollie Matson, N.C.A.A. champion. Miller gained world-wide fame as a 17-year old high school junior. In his senior year, representing Napa High, Miller won the California State championship and the National A.A.U. championship in the 440-yard dash. He was named to the All-American High School team and qualified for the U.S. team that toured Europe. In an open invitational meet at Davis that year, Miller won the 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, 440-yard dash and long jump, and anchored the winning relay team. He continued his track career at Occidental College. Miller also played football at Napa High School, and he played well enough to make first team all North Bay League as a senior.