Dutch grew up in the Hardwick District of Kings County and attended HanfordHigh School. Using a bamboo pole he was the first Pole Vaulter in history to break the 15 foot barrier. Dutch was named by the New York Times as the Athlete of the first half of the 20th Century. Dutch held the World Record for 17 years. In January, 2000 Dutch was named The Vaulter of the Century.