What to know about Ralph Metcalfe, the Olympian and Marquette grad


On Saturday, Milwaukee will rename North 34th Street in honor of a man who left his mark on the city and the world — Ralph Metcalfe.

An Olympic athlete, Marquette graduate, and U.S. representative, Metcalfe already has a park, school and neighborhood named after him in Milwaukee. 

Now, 34th Street, which leads to Metcalfe Park, will be renamed and affixed with the name Metcalfe. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at 3401 W. Center St. Metcalfe’s grandson, Nasser Metcalfe of New York, will offer remarks on behalf of the family.

Here is what you need to know about Ralph Metcalfe.

Metcalfe arrived in Milwaukee in the early 1930s

Born in Atlanta in 1910, Metcalfe moved to Chicago as a child, where he graduated high school in 1930. It was in high school where Metcalfe began a long and successful career as a track athlete.





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