Emmett ToppinoTrack & Field, 1926-34
Jesuit High School/Loyola University/1932 Olympics

Inducted: 1971

  • One of the world's top sprinters as a star athlete at Loyola University in the early 1930s after a standout running career at Jesuit High School.
  • Ran for legendary coach and fellow Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Tad Gormley who called him the best sprinter he had ever seen.
  • Established himself as one of the world’s greatest sprinters on May 10, 1929 as a Loyola sophomore when he matched the world-record of 9.6 seconds in the 100-yard dash at the Senior Day Century Run - the featured event of the 23rd annual Southern AAU Championships.
  • Finished fourth in the national AAU Championships in April of 1932 to earn a berth on the United States Olympic team.
  • In the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, was a member of the winning 400-meter relay team which not only defeated the favored Germans, but established a world record of 40 seconds flat.
  • In the 1932 Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, he cracked the world record for 60 yards (6.2 seconds) twice in the same night.
  • During the 1931 season, finishing third in the national collegiate meet and second in the National AAU championships.
  • In 1927, as a senior at Jesuit, attracted national attention when he set a record of 9.8 seconds in the 100-yard dash at an AAU meet in Houston.
  • The high scorer at the New Orleans Prep Championships in 1927.
  • A charter member of the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame, inducted in 1964. Also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1981).
  • Born July 1, 1909 in New Orleans and died Sept. 8, 1971 at the age of 62.