North Central High School Distinguished Alumnus

TRACY WALTERS

Class of 1949
Inducted 2005

As a student-athlete at North Central, Tracy was a member of the 1948 state championship basketball team and city champion in the mile. He went on to Eastern Washington University where he continued to run track and served as student body treasurer while earning his science degree.

Tracy taught and coached at Rogers High School in Spokane from 1956-1966. During those years, his track teams won two state championships. One of his athletes, Gerry Lindgren, broke national records and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team while still a high school senior. In 1966 Tracy coached the San Jose State College team to a third place finish in the NCAA cross country meet. Tracy was selected to coach for the USA Track Team that same year.

The next year Tracy retired from coaching to concentrate on his position as Dean of Students at Rogers H.S. Ten years later he came out of retirement to help propel Don Kardong, founder of Bloomsday, to a fourth place finish in the Olympic Marathon.

Tracy has been inducted into the Inland Empire Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame.

Tracy and his family bought a broken-down orchard on Green Bluff and created “Walters Fruit Ranch,” one of the most popular destinations for "U-Pick" fruit in the area. He returned to North Central to coach track and helped the school win two more state championship trophies.

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