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James Pringle, Jr.

James Pringle, Jr. is an American athlete and University of FloridaGator Great Hall of Famer.<> who competed on the international stage, andearned national titles in track and field for his specialty, the high jump.  He is an executive officer andco-founder of the University of FloridaTrack and Field Alumni Association.<>  As an entrepreneur, Pringle has worked inseveral aspects of the business world, and has ownedand operated his Home Improvement Business,as CEO, since 1978.  The son of aveterinarian, he loves animals; and his hobbies includetravel, architecture, bikingand electronics.

Early Life

James Pringle was born in Mt.Erie Hospitalin Philadelphia Pennsylvania, on October 3th 1958. Helived in Philadelphia withhis doctor father,his teacher mother, andhis brother and sister,until the age of eight, when his parentsmoved the family to New Jersey.  In New Jersey, Pringle attended Number FiveSchool, LenolaSchool, MorristownMiddle School and Moorestown High School.  Hischildhood hobbies were RCmodel airplanes and electronics.   Buthe was also active in sports—especiallyfootball, baseball, basketballand track.  Andin 1975, he was All Burlington County in bothfootball and track,and a member of the State High SchoolChampionship Football Team.

Collegiate andPost-Graduate Careers

     Becausehe excelled in football and track,Pringle was offered prestigious college scholarships,from which he chose the University Of Florida’sTrack and Field Scholarship. While at Florida, he performed severalfield events, including the 110 yardhigh hurdles(HH), longjump (LJ),triple jump(TJ) and highjump (HJ). However, the coachessoon observed his great talent and potentialfor highjumping and encouraged him to focuson that event.

     As a freshman at the University of Florida, he placed 3rd in the HJ at the SEC meet. In the followingyears, he earned sevenAll American Awards;and in 1979, he brokethe NCAA Indoor HJ mark at 7 feet 5-3/8th inches.  During hiscollege years atUF, Pringlestudied advertising, artand history; andhe worked at the Athletic AtticNational Head Quarters in Gainesville Florida.    

     In 1980,he was inducted into the North Florida Athletic Hall Of Fame;and in 1992, he was honored byinduction into the University Of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame,<>as well. After the 1980 Olympics inMoscow Russia—that the USA boycotted—Pringle competed in European tour included Budapest Hungary; London, England; Nice France; and PisaItaly.  Pringle continued to high jumpthrough the 1984 USA Olympic Trialsin Los Angeles. In order tohave access to a training facility,he lived in Atlanta Georgia where he coachedGeorgia Tech’s high jumpersuntil he retired from his jumping career, in 1987.


Pringle married in 1986 in West Palm Beach,Florida; and hastwo beautiful daughters,Tiffany and Jamey Pringle, both ofwhom graduated from Florida State University.Tiffany earned a Graduate Degree inMarketing from Clark University, and livesand works in Atlanta Georgia.Jamey earned a Master’sDegree in Information Business Science from KellerInstitute, and lives and works in Orlando Florida.

Honors and Awards

1992:  Inductedinto the University Of Florida Athletic Hallof Fame     

1980:  Inductedinto the North Florida Athletic Hall Of Fame

1980:  Competed on theEuropean Tour in London, Budapest,Pisa, andNice

1979-1980:  Competedon the USATrack Team in Cubaunder Olympic Coach Jimmy Carnes

1980:  Competed for the Athletic Attic’s FloridaTrack Club

1977-1980:  Earned SevenAll American Awards, while at UF

1979:  Broke the NCAA HighJump Record in Johnson City Tennessee

1979:  Broke the NCAA Indoor HighJump mark at 7 feet 5-3/8thinches

1979:  Wonthe NCA A High JumpTitle in Detroit

1976:  Placed3rd in the High Jump at the SEC meet, asa freshman at UF

1976:  Awarded aScholarship to the University of Florida for Track andField.

1975:  Memberof the New Jersey Group Three StateHS Football Championship Team

1975:  EarnedAll County in Footballas a Defensive Back


Additional Resources

1984 Burlington County Times(New Jersey)

1984 Palm BeachPost

1980 Bull Gator magazine

1980 DC Post

1980 Gator Bait Mag

1977-1980 Florida Independent Alligator

1975-1976 Burlington County Times

1975-1976 Philadelphia Enquirer




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Reply Gene Martin
10:03 PM on November 9, 2011 
Thank you for the welcome. I look forward to meeting everyone at the reunion.
Reply Gator Jumps
9:37 PM on November 9, 2011 
haha. well its nice to finally be connected. This is a great thing that was started and I hope it can go on strong for many many years to come.
Reply David Furman
2:13 PM on November 8, 2011 
This site is pretty cool. Your records were hard to break, but were always a goal of mine. Go Gators!
Reply "Bodacious" Beaufort Brown
10:41 AM on August 13, 2011