Olympic Champion - 1932   

About Evelyn

Evelyn 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 in Orange 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 TAHS

In her honor, Tustin Area Historical Society has 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 2017.

Road to Glory
Evelyn Furtsch was the first woman in Orange County, California
to win an Olympic gold medal

Oral history with Evelyn Furtsch produced by the 1984 Olympics Committee. (PDF)
Article - By Jennifer Rosenberg - June 11, 2014
the Ralph Clark Distinguished Citizen Award in Santa Ana - 1984
Orange County Sports Hall of Fame - 1985