Inducted in 1963. Clarence Pinkston was San Diego’s first Olympic gold medal winner, capturing the high diving championship at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium.
He also won the silver medal in springboard diving.
Four years later, in the 1924 Olympics in Paris, he won bronze medals in both events.
He was Pacific Coast gymnastics champion at age fifteen while attending San Diego High School.
He eventually turned to coaching and in thirty-our years at Detroit Athletic Club developed eleven national and Olympic champion swimmers and divers.
He also coached the divers for the U.S. at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.