Furtsch was awarded a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay
with teammates Mary Carew, Annette Rogers and Wilhelmina
von Bremen at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. They
broke both the Olympic and world record.
During her Junior year at Tustin High School, a gym teacher
noticed that she ran very fast. It was brought to the attention
of Tustin High School track coach, Vincent Humeston where
she was soon training and running with the boys track team.
At the time, only big cities and big city schools had organized
women's track & field.
As a Tustin High School graduate Evelyn was the first athlete
County to win an Olympic gold medal.
When she turned 100 in April 2014, she becoming the first
female Olympic champion in athletics to live for a
century and the first female American Olympic gold medalist
to do so
She passed on March 5, 2015. Having worked and helped at
the Tustin Area Historical Society.
her honor, I asked the Tustin Area Historical Society to
established the Evelyn Furtsch Track & Field Scholarship,
to be awarded to one girl and one boy who are Tustin High
School graduating seniors planning to attend a two or four
year college, university, or trade school in the fall of
Pete Beatty, TAHS President, friend and admirer.