Described as the fastest, most aggressive and competitive player of his era, Ralph Beard was the first 4-sport letterman in Louisville Male High history. From 1941 through 1945 Ralph led his Bulldogs to a 1943 State Baseball Championship, and both a State Track Championship and a State Basketball title in 1945.
His burning desire to “Always Be the Best” led him to be named two time “All-state” in Basketball – as well as “High-School All-American” honors. His post-high school career included an NIT Championship, an NIT Runner-Up, 2 NCAA Championships and a 1948 Olympic Gold medal. In 2011 Male High School honored his memory by naming its playing floor as “Ralph Beard Court.”