Gareth Giles, 1997 inductee to the "Wall of Fame" in the Koplitz Fieldhouse, was born November 22, 1916 in Hoquiam, Washington. He graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1934 participating in drama, music and journalism.
He attended Grays Harbor College and Central Washington College where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. He also attended the University of Washington, receiving his Masters Degree in School Administration.
He was Superintendent of the South Bend School District from 1951 until his retirement in 1975. During his tenure a new gym was constructed (Koplitz Fieldhouse) and the new school was completed. With respect to athletics, Mr. Giles was instrumental in developing an interscholastic girls' athletic program at South Bend. He was a highly respected boys' referee on both Harbors for a number of years and officiated girls' games at South Bend when needed.
For years he served on various athletic committees for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association serving on the State Executive Board until his retirement in 1975. Following his retirement he continued serving the W.I.A.A. As a consultant and as the Secretary for District Four. He died September 21, 1985. In 1986, the W.I.A.A. Executive Board established the Gary Giles Memorial Recognition Award. This award is presented to a W.I.A.A. Official who exemplifies leadership and dedication.
Mr. Giles was not afraid to support change as long as it benefited the overall educational program. He always put the kids first, whether or not it was the "politically correct" thing to do.