Induction Year: 1993
Category: Track & Field
Harold Schwab attended Centereach High School and then University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1976. He was an All-American 3 years in a row in college.
As a freshman in 1972, Schwab was named New York Track Athlete of the Year and was a state champion in the 120 yard high hurdles and 180 yard low hurdles. He also set a national and world record in the 330 yard intermediate. He also was a member of the US Junior National Team. In 1973, he was a national junior champion in the 440 yard intermediate hurdles and once again, was a member of the US Junior National Team.
In 1975 and 1976, Schwab was an Ivy League Champion in the 60 high hurdles, 120 high hurdles, and 400 intermediate hurdles. He also participated in the Florida Relays where he beat Edwin Moses in the 400 intermediate hurdles. Three years later, he became an Empire Games Champion and record holder in the 400 intermediate hurdles.
In 1976, he made the Olympic trials but came in fifth & did not qualify for the team. As of 1993 he still held the state record in the 330 yard intermediate hurdles at :36.3. In the 400 yard hurdles his personal best was :49.60, which stood as a New York State record for many years and was the school record in college.