Before 1968, Penn State had no record of a black female intercollegiate student-athlete.
Barbara June (Rose) Taylor made history that year, becoming the pioneer for black female student-athletes after being selected to the Penn State women’s gymanastics team.
A native of Beaver, Pa., Taylor graduated from the university with a degree in agricultural economics.
While Taylor only competed with the squad her freshman year due to family illness and other interests, her time on the team was not in vain.
During her freshman year, Taylor excelled on the uneven parallel bars, winning many of the events that she competed in.
Taylor paved the way for future black female student-athletes at Penn State such as women’s basketball’s Toni Clarke & Kahadeejah Herbert, women’s volleyball’s Megan Hodge & Deja McClendon and so many more.