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Five alumni and one legendary coached honored at school assembly

TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Beaverton High School student-athlete Sam Noyer, a member of the school's 100th graduating class, celebrates legendary coach Rod Harman's selection for the school's Hall of Achievement.Beaverton High School applauded the first six members of its new Hall of Achievement at a school assembly Thursday.

The first members – including five alumni and one legendary coach – will be among a larger class to be inducted in the fall of 2016 and permanently honored in a hallway at the school.

The Hall of Achievement is part of a wider celebration of the school’s centennial. Current Beaverton High seniors will be the 100th class to finish 12 grades at the city’s oldest public high school.

These inaugural members of the hall, chosen by the school’s Golden Grads, graduated from the school or played other major roles there before 1965.

Those members who attended Thursday’s assembly were champion horseman and investment executive Steve Biles (Class of 1960); highly decorated former U.S. Marine Col. Charles “Chuck” Meadows (Class of 1957); and Rod Harman, distinguished former coach and teacher at the school.

Also honored were the late Ruth Lundgren Pasley (Class of 1930), who helped establish the Golden Grads; John Polos (Class of 1960), a former Navy air squadron member and longtime volunteer, who was unable to attend; and the late Michael “Smitty” Smith (Class of 1960), former drummer for the rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders. Friends or family members stood in for these honorees during a ceremony that included unveiling photos of all six taken during their time at Beaverton High School.

“I think it’s a super positive thing for the students of today,” Meadows said after the ceremony.

“This is a treasure of lifetime experiences,” said Margaret Robinson, part of the Golden Grads Committee who is helping to plan the centennial celebration.

Early in the coming year, additional inductees will be named. Those who graduated from or coached or taught at the school during the past 50 years will be selected by a second committee, which includes members of the school’s Booster Club as well as parents, alumni and administrators.

Nominations for this first Hall of Achievement class remain open through Jan. 31, 2016.

During the assembly, Principal Anne Erwin encouraged students filling the school gymnasium bleachers to pay careful attention to what the alumni who walked the same hallways years before them have accomplished in their lives.

“I guarantee you there’s nothing on your cell phone more interesting than what you’re going to see here today,” she said, noting that she expects some of them to be inducted into the same hall decades into the future.

“I can’t wait to see what you all do,” she said.

More information about the Hall of Achievement, including a nomination form, can be found at

TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Students and others help celebrate the first six members of Beaverton High School's Hall of Achievement. Future inductees included Steve Biles (in suit with red tie) and Col. Chuck Meadows (far right).

BHS Hall of Achievement's first honorees

Here are brief biographical sketches of the first six members of the Beaverton High School Hall of Achievement:

BILES• Steve Biles (’60) won multiple world and national championships in equestrian competition and has appeared frequently as a commentator on Animal Planet programs. He also has experience with bulls and bears (markets) with more than 43 years in the investment profession. He currently is vice president at Biles Hart Wealth Management Group in Portland. He enjoys coming to schools to talk to students about business and other life issues.

HARMAN• Rod Harman spent 38 years coaching a variety of sports at Beaverton High School, where he also taught social studies for more than 30 years. He had his greatest coaching success in swimming, including coaching three Olympians, 62 All-American high school swimmers and led Beaverton High School to two state boy’s water polo titles. He started the Tualatin Hills Swim Club and was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2010.

MEADOWS• Col. Charles “Chuck” Meadows (’57) served 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, Beirut, Okinawa and the U.S. before retiring in 1987. He earned numerous awards for bravery and valor, including the Bronze Star, Silver Star, Navy Presidential Citation, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. At Beaverton High School, Meadows was student body president, played varsity football and baseball, was a ‘Winged B’ and a member of Fire Squad, Quill and Scroll and National Honor Society.

LUNDGREN PASLEY• Ruth Lundgren Pasley (’30) was instrumental in establishing the tradition of the Golden Grads of Beaverton High School. What began as a potluck dinner in 1950 evolved, in large part due to Pasley’s dedication, into an annual luncheon that averages more than 400 BHS graduates. The Golden Grads (BHS alumni of 50 years or more) are increasingly involved as volunteers with on current students. Pasley was one of BHS’s first female students to graduate from a four-year college, Oregon State, where she received the Diamond Pioneer award. Pasley also helped found the North Plains Historical Society. She died on June 7, 2012.

POLOS• John Polos (’60) was a member of the Navy air squadron and worked for the Bonneville Power Administration. He’s spent much of his life helping others, serving as a volunteer pilot for the Young Eagles Program, which provides economically challenged children with the opportunity to experience the thrill of flying. Polos also participates in search-and-rescue operations, has worked as a reserve deputy sheriff in Clark County and served as a scoutmaster.

SMITH• Michael “Smitty” Smith (’60) was a member of the rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, which generated several hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing” and “Just Like Me,” which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included on its list of Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Smith was considered one of the most talented drummers of major rock bands of the 1960s. He played with the band from 1962 to 1967 and again in 1971-1972. He performed on the Raiders’ only No. 1 hit, “Indian Reservation.” He died on March 6, 2001.

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