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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 — Best known for being 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, though he never earned a medal. 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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