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About Jack Trice


Jack Trice was an exceptional student and skilled athlete who was the first Black student athlete at Iowa State. Trice studied animal husbandry and aspired to use his education to help Black farmers in the South. He was a member of the Cyclone football and track and field teams. 

Jack Trice died October 8, 1923 as a result of injuries he sustained playing in his second football game two days prior in Minnesota. He was 21 years old.

Trice is the namesake of the Iowa State University's football stadium, the only one at the nation’s major college football schools to be named for a Black man.

The installation of the Breaking Barriers sculpture marks the beginning of a year-long campus commemoration of Trice. Information about the commemoration can be found online at

Read more about Jack Trice in the Iowa State University Biographical Dictionary online.

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