Tisha Waller

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Tisha Waller
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing Flag of the United States.svg United States
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1999 Maebashi High jump
Summer Universiade
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1991 Sheffield High jump
Goodwill Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1998 New York CityHigh jump

Tisha Felice Waller, (born December 1, 1970) is an American athlete competing in the high jump, who participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. [1] She is a five time American Champion, and internationally won the 1998 Goodwill Games, plus bronze medals in the 1991 World University Games and the 1999 World Indoor Championships.


Born in South Boston, Virginia, Waller was raised in Decatur, Georgia. [2] She graduated from Halifax County High School and the University of North Carolina. After graduating she became a kindergarten teacher, becoming 1996 Teacher of the year honors at Livsey Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. That same year she won the United States Olympic Trials (track and field) and competed in the home town Olympics. She concentrated on High Jump, coached by Nat Page [2] [3] for a few years but taking the 2001 season off to finish her master's degree at Clark University and return to teaching first grade at a brand new school, Wynbrooke Traditional Theme School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She was named USATFs Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year in 2003.

Waller established an American women's indoor record of 2.01 meters (6' 7.25") at the 1998 USA Indoor Championships on February 28, 1998. Her mark stood for 14 years until it was broken by Chaunté Lowe by a single centimeter, 2.02m, at the 2012 USA Indoor Championships. [4]

International competitions

Representing Flag of the United States.svg United States
1991 Universiade Sheffield, United Kingdom3rd1.90 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain7th 1.93 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden17th (q) 1.90 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States9th 1.93 m
1998 Goodwill Games New York City, United States1st1.97 m
World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa3rd1.93 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan3rd 1.96 m
World Championships Seville, Spain4th 1.96 m
2002 World Cup Madrid, Spain4th1.96 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom7th 1.96 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece16th (q) 1.89 m
(q) = overall position in qualifying round

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  1. Tisha Waller at Sports Reference Sports References
  2. 1 2 Teel, David (August 1, 1996). "Teacher setting some high standards". Daily Press . p. 20. Retrieved May 4, 2022 via Newspapers.com.
  3. http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-track/mtt/page_nat00.html Nat Page bio
  4. USTAF Indoor Championships, 26 February 2012; "Women's High Jump, Results"; accessed 26 FEB 2012.