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Famous KU alumni

Many movers and shakers have come out of Kansas University through the years. Some graduated, some did not. Some were business leaders, others were politicians or famous athletes. All are Jayhawks.

Jim Ryun — The last American runner to hold the world record in the mile with a time of 3:51.1, set on June 23, 1967. He also was the first high-school athlete to break 4-minute mile time, which he did in 1964 in Wichita. He participated in the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics, and earned a silver medal in the 1,500 meters 1968. He graduated from KU with a degree in photojournalism in 1970 and later served as a four-term congressman from Kansas.


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