Arthur was a varsity Cross Country and Track athlete while at Bennett. His efforts and achievements in track elevated him to this Hall Of Fame level. A versatile performer, Arthur excelled in the high jump, high hurdles, long jump and triple jump, achieving first team All-High in the high jump in both his junior and senior seasons. The Tigers won the “Scalp & Blade” track championship all three years Arthur was on the track squad. In his specialty event, the high jump, Arthur literally rose to the top setting a school, city and Section VI record with a leap of 6’ 10 3/4 “ in winning the New York State track championship. That winning height represents an incredible full 13 inches above his own actual height, unheard of in this event.
After high school, McClinton enrolled in the United States Marine Corps. His track and high jump career continued to flourish while in service, when he set the Marine Corp track record with a leap of 7’ 3/4”. This super effort qualified Arthur for the U.S. Olympic team trials.
Today Arthur McClinton resides in Buffalo and works as a barber at Bono Hair Studio on E. Delavan Ave. Arthur and his late wife have two children, Uniqua, aged 18, and Kevin aged 17.