Dutch Warmerdam began vaulting for the San Francsico Olympic Club in 1939. On April 13, 1940, at the University of California Edwards Field, he became the first man to vault 15 feet using a bamboo pole. He cleared 15 feet 3/4 inches on May 23, 1943, at the Modesto Relays and 15 feet 8 1/2 inches indoors at the Chicago Relays on March 20, 1943— a record that stood for 16 years.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Plaque location: The Olympic Club