Payton Jordan coached track and field at Stanford from 1957 through 1979, his athletes winning six individual NCAA titles and setting five world records. He was the head coach of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team that won a record 24 medals, including 12 Golds, and established six world records. He was also the director of the historic U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. meet at Stanford Stadium in 1962. Then, when well past 50, he resurrected his own career as a champion sprinter, setting “Masters” world records in the 100 meters for every age group from 55 through 80. He finally retired at age 81 with no more worlds to conquer.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Plaque location: Stanford University