Norman S. Taber
Team: Track & Field

Norman S. Taber '13
Track & Field
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Norman S. Taber ’13 was a Phi Beta Kappa, Rhodes Scholar, and Olympic miler. A member of the brilliant array of American athletes who competed at Stockholm in 1912, Taber finished third to Co. A. N. S. Jackson of Great Britain and Able Kiviat of the U.S. in the 1500-meter race. At a meet at Harvard in 1915, Taber broke the world record for the mile with a 4:12.6 clocking, a record that had been on the books since 1886. His new mark lasted until broken by Paavo Nurmi, the Flying Finn, in 1923. Taber’s Brown records in the mile, two-mile, and 880 were still standing in 1931. His record: 1911 – NE’s: 4th, mile. IC4A’s: 5th, mile. 1912 – NE’s: 1st, mile (4:25.4). IC4A’s: tied for 1st in mile with John Paul Jones of Cornell. Olympics: 3rd, 1500-meters, 1st, 3000 meters.