LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Athletes and Olympians - June 20, 2014

Q: Fifty years ago this month, 17-year-old Jim Ryun became the first high school kid in the country to run a mile in less than four minutes. He went on to do it three more times! Which Wichita high school did Jim Ryun attend?  


Jim Ryun FULL(Photo Courtesy of



A: Wichita East High School


ryun SI(Photo Courtesy Sports Illustrated)

This month, Kansas native Jim Ryun celebrated the 50th anniversary of the race that made him the first high school student to run a mile under four minutes. At the time, Ryun was a 17-year-old junior at East High School in Wichita. He was competing against older runners on June 5, 1964, at the Compton Invitational near Los Angeles when he ran the mile in 3 minutes, 59 seconds. He was bumped during the race and finished eighth, but it began a career in which Ryun went on to set world records and compete in the Olympics. Only five high school runners have broken the 4-minute mile since Ryun did it. But he did it three times. Years later, Ryun served as a Republican member of Congress, representing the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)