Wayne Thompson

Columbus High School, 1957 – 61

Thompson__WayneWayne Thompson swam for Columbus High School and was the first man to win an IHSAA state championship title in the 200-yard individual medley in 1959-60, establishing a state record with this performance.  He defended his title the next year as well.  He also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1959-60 and 1960-61. Wayne earned a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1974 and is a two-time Fulbright Professor in Estonia and Belgium. He is currently Professor of Politics at the College of Europe and Washington and Lee University and is the editor-in-chief of Stryker-Post Publications (Harpers Ferry, WV). He has been married to his wife Susan over 40 years and has two daughters, and two granddaughters. He still swims almost daily.