Arlie Mucks holds the distinction of being the first public high school athlete to ever represent the U.S. in the Olympics. The Oshkosh native competed in the discus in the Stockholm Olympics. His U.S. teammates included George S. Patton, who later became a legendary general, and Jim Thorpe, thought by many to be the greatest athlete of all time.
The Olympics accomplishment was not the only noteworthy one for Mucks. He earned All American honors as a tackle for the University of Wisconsin football team and also was one of the best punters of the time. He won the Big Ten shot put title and set a national record in the discus. He also competed in the broad jump. After his playing days ended, Mucks became a respected football official.