Athletes Pete Charlston, Class of 1954 Basketball and baseball: Pete played JV basketball and varsity baseball, and was the co-founder of the Grant Hall of Fame in 2009. Additional: He has a BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and MA from University of Oregon. Pete taught humanities and Greek tragedy at PCC, and was the director of the Classic Greek Theater of Oregon at Reed College and, as we write this, was still teaching a course in classical Greek drama. He is also a proud member of several choral groups. Pete and his wife, Vicky, have seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Pete continues to swim daily in Grant pool during the summer.
John Mears, Class of 1970 Track and Field: John earned three varsity letters at Grant, where he ran sprints and relays. Additional: He earned a BA at Oregon and a MA at PSU. John taught at Grant for 30 years, and was the track and field coach at Grant from 1988-2012. frosh coach 11 years, sprint and relay coach, assistant cross-country coach, head track coach for three years, and coached numerous state relay champs in relays. In 1999, John was named PIL Assistant Coach of the Year, and in 2010 the Optimist Educator of the Year.
Don Johnson, Class of 1970 Track and Field, and Cross-Country: Don earned six varsity letters at Grant, was the PIL Cross-Country Champion in 1970, the 2-Mile PIL Champion in 1970, and the 880 & Mile Champion in 1969. He was also the team cross-country captain in 1969 and team track captain in 1970. Additional: Don graduated from Willamette University in 1974 and lives in Duluth, MN.
Steve Hopkins, Class of 1970 Track and Field: Steve won PIL & State Championship in javelin, with record throws in both events. Football:All-City football in 1969…member of the PIL championship football team. Basketball: member of the PIL championship basletball team. All told, Steve won eight varsity letters, and was also a commissioner of Grant's National Honor Society while at Grant. Additional: He graduated from Stanford, and lives in Wood Acre, CA.
Carolyn Lumber, Class of 1971 Tennis: Carolyn won four varsity letters at Grant, and was named the PIL Singles Champion in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and state singles championships in 1970 and 1971. Additional: She played on the Avon Tour in Europe in the 1970s and was ranked second in national women’s singles, 35 and over, and won four national doubles championships in 35 & over women’s doubles. Carolyn was ranked #1 in the Pacific NW in all age groups in the 1980s. She has coached nationally ranked juniors and seniors for the USTA. The annual Club Championship Tournament at Portland's Irvington Tennis Club is named in her honor. Carolyn lives in Palm Springs, CA.
Gary Kath, Class of 1975 Gymnastics: Gary earned four varsity letters while at Grant. The Grant gymnastics team took 1st his junior & senior years. In 1974 for the PIL, Gary was 1st in all-around, 1st in floor, 1st in horizontal bar, 1st on parallel bars, 2nd on rings, 4th on vault, and 3rd on rings and floor. Additional: He graduated from the University of Washington, where he earned four varsity letters and the team won two Pac-10 tournaments; he was team captain his senior year at UW. Gary lives in Portland with his wife, Cathy.
Robert “Pickle” Lewis, Class of 1977 Robert earned six varsity letters at Grant. Football: All-City in football in 1976 and 1977, and All-State in football in 1977. Played at the University of Washington. He was starting defensive back for the 1978 Rose Bowl Champs. Basketball:All-City in basketball in 1976 and 1977. Track: PIL Champion in the 400 & Mile Relay in 1976 and 1977. Additional: Robert has coached youth sports in the Portland area, where he lives, for many years.
Robert Cooper, Class of 1984 Between football, wrestling, and track, Robert won nine varsity letters at Grant. Football: Robert was All-City in football in 1984, and played in the 1984 Shrine game. Wrestling: He was city and state champ in wrestling, and was the Western National Wrestling Champ in 1984. Robert was named a MAC Club Scholarship Athlete in 1982. Additional: He went on to play football and wrestling at Portland State University, and was a member of PSU National Championship team in 1989. Robert lives in Portland and is active in youth coaching in the area.
Joe Campbell, Class of 1994 Soccer: Joe was 1st team All-City soccer forward in 1993 and 1994. He played for two PIL championship soccer teams and two state playoff teams. Baseball: As the starting shortstop for two seasons, Joe won the scholar-achievement award his senior year. He played for the Shriners All-Star Soccer Team that year as well. Additional: Joe won five varsity letters at Grant. He earned four varsity letters while at the University of Puget Sound, where the team made regional playoffs twice. Joe is a graduate of OHSU Medical School and an emergency room physician at Providence Hospital. He lives in Portland.
Marty Williams, Jr., Class of 1998 Football: Marty won seven varsity letters at Grant between football and basketball. He was All-PIL in football in 1996, 1997, and 1998, and the state leading rusher in 1998. He gained 2000 yards and broke the PIL touchdown record with 28, and was the PIL offensive player of the year in1998. Marty is Grant’s all-time rushing leader. Basketball: Marty was All-City in basketball in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Additional: He played football and graduated from Linfield College. Marty went on to become an assistant football coach at Grant from 2005 to 2014. He works for Grant as the Restorative Justice Coordinator, and lives in the Portland area.
Ngum Suh, Class of 2001 Soccer: Ngum earned four varsity letters at Grant. She was All-PIL and All-State her junior and senior years, and PIL MVP her senior year. She also played for the Lake Oswego Soccer Club in several high-profile tournaments. Additional: At Mississippi State, Ngum led her soccer team to their first SEC tournaments in 2001 and 2004. She coached youth soccer and provided private training sessions. Later, Ngum became a star member of the Cameroon National soccer team, and played in the African Cup and World Cup in 2008. She played for the Portland Rain in the Women's Soccer League. Ngum is the sister of NFL great Ndamukong Suh. She lives in New York City and works for musician/entrepreneur JayZ.
Paul Raglione, Class of 2005 Baseball: Paul earned six varsity letters at Grant. He was All-City and All-State pitcher his junior and senior years, PIL pitcher of the year in 2005, and had a career ERA under 2 at Grant. Additional: Paul received a full scholarship to Washington State University, and was a 2005 draft pick by the Kansas City Royals. He spent 2005-06 playing minor league baseball, and then had Tommy John surgery in 2007. Paul was back playing baseball in 2015 with the Fargo Red Hawks of the American Association League.
Sara Wild, Class of 2007 Soccer: Sara was All-PIL in soccer in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and was the PIL soccer player of the year 2006 and 2007. She was named an All-State soccer player in 2006 & 2007. Track and Field: A four-time PIL 1500 champ, Sara was also PIL 800 champ in 2006 & 2007, and the 800 state champ in 2007. Additional: Sara was the soccer & track team co-captain her senior year. Between those two sports, Sara earned eight varsity letters at Grant. She played four years of varsity soccer at Williams College and made 1st team All-New England all four years. She was named an All-American soccer player twice, and received the 2011 female student athlete award at Williams. Sara placed 5th in the Portland Marathon in 2013, and currently lives in Boston area where she works for New Balance.
Ken Acker, Class of 2010 Football: All-City football in 2008 & 2009…All-State football in 2008…2008 & 2009 PIL football player of the year…All-PIL basketball in 2010…2009 team winner 4 x 400 relay. Additional: Between football, baseball and track, Ken won 10 varsity letters at Grant. He started at defensive back for three years at Southern Methodist University, and was a sixth round NFL draft pick for the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. Ken currently plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2021).
Coaches Tony Broadous, Basketball Coach 2002-2010: Tony coached Grant to the PIL championship and the 3rd round in playoffs his first year, and was named 2002-2003 PIL Coach of the Year. The team received a 5th place trophy at the 2006-07 state tournament. His teams were PIL champs in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and State champs in 2007-2008. Tony was named PIL Coach of the Year 2008-09, and Oregon Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. He is now head basketball coach at Portland Community College, and has completely turned that program around.
Sue Davis,2015 Community Service Inductee: Sue graduated from Jackson High School, and attended Linfield College and Portland State University. She has been the Senior Administrative Assistant for 13 years at Grant, splitting her time between the counseling office and athletic department. Sue lives in Vancouver.