The marks continued to improve for Beaty, who was No. 17 on the
list of top 50 local sports figures of the 20th century by the
News-Press in 1999. In his senior year, he ran a 9.4 in the 100-yard
dash, which was also 0.2 off the world record at the time.
"I'd call it an evolutionary quirk, or a gift of nature," said the
58-year-old Beaty, who is now a doctor, practicing in medical
treatment for those with chronic illnesses. "I had uncles who were
established runners at Hoover and Glendale.
"My uncle, Fulton Beaty, ran with some great athletes at Glendale
High in the early 30s. My uncle, Wayne Beaty, did well in the late
40s at Hoover. I followed their paths, and tried to be an established
It became a path to success about a decade later for Beaty, who
now resides in Forestville, a small Sonoma County town north of San
Beaty was the CIF Southern Section and state champion in the 100
in 1961 and 1962.
He won the CIF Southern Section title in the 220 from 1960-62, in
addition to winning a state title in 1961.
"I lost just two races throughout my junior and senior years,"
said Beaty, who also played three seasons on Hoover's football team
as a running back, safety and punter. "There were a lot of great
runners in the Foothill League at that time.
"You had to love to compete. In those days, track and field drew a
lot of interest. There weren't many things competing for an athlete's
attention in those days."
Beaty, who was tabbed the CIF Athlete of the Year in 1961 and
1962, captured the attention of the community by running effortlessly
past the competition. He flourished under the direction of Hoover
Coach Sam Nicholson, who had a penchant for nurturing talent that
would receive national recognition.
The 74-year-old Nicholson, a La Crescenta resident who coached at
Hoover from 1956-64, developed a cast of star athletes that included
distance runner Bob Blanchard, sprinters Stan Rhodes and Jim
Pagliuso, shot putter Bruce Parrot, pole vaulters John Rose and Ken
House, and hurdler Ron Gould.
"We had some great teams," said Nicholson, who was a principal at