The gazelle-like legs of Forrest Beaty never failed him...

August 18, 2003

The gazelle-like legs of Forrest Beaty never failed him when he

burned up local tracks.

Beaty rarely lost a sprint event while starring for the Hoover

High boys' track and field squad from 1959-62. The attention Beaty

received at Hoover was second to none.

As a junior, he clocked 20.2 seconds in the 220-yard dash. That

mark was 0.2 seconds off the then world record.


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

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