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Enshrined in 1977 … attended Spring Valley H.S. 1931-33 … great mile champion … one of the premier milers in the country at one time … in 1934, in what would have been his senior year in high school (he left after junior year to help his family during the Depression), Jackson finished second to then world record-holder Glenn Cunningham in 4:14 … no high school-age runner in Rockland touched that time for 40 years … at the U.S. Olympic Trials in New York City in 1936, Jackson finished fifth in an invitational two-mile in 9:10, missing an Olympic qualifying berth by less than two seconds…the following year, Jackson was the third finisher for the Millrose Athletic Association’s championship team at the AAU National Cross Country Meet held on a 6 ¼-mile course…As a junior at Spring Valley, Jackson won the New York State high school mile run championship in Schenectady, clocking 4:26, thus becoming Rockland’s first state titleholder in the mile…he also was the first Rockland high school runner to break 5 minutes in the mile…was recruited to join the famed Millrose AA by Mel Sheppard, the Millrose coach and the last American to capture an Olympic 1,500-meter gold medal (1908)…in a prolific 17-year career spanning 1931 to 1948, Jackson competed in 680 races and won an estimated 250 times…Jackson earned eight varsity letters in track and cross country at Spring Valley…he won the popular Fourth of July Corporation Race, 1 1.6-mile run in Spring Valley for five straight years (1931-35…at the Old Home Week meet in Haverstraw in 1939, he won four races in one meet: 440, 880, mile and the featured race, the 5.5-mile run to High Tor mountain and back… Jackson is a founding member of the Rockland Sports Hall of Fame.