Since 1968, Tim Knappen has held a proud association with Monarch athletics. Then, he was a part of the school's track team, competing in the high jump, pole vault, 120-yard high hurdles, and mile relay. It was the pole vault, though, that he will be most remembered for, working his way to the top spot in the state (1970) with a championship vault of 15' 6.75" to become California's number one vaulter. Additionally, he continues to hold the school record in the decathlon, a record he set in 1970.
Following LAVC, Knappen entered NCAA competition, having earned a full scholarship to Arizona State University. Luck, though, was not with this Sun Devil, as an injury sustained during his first year there (Achilles tendon injured after striking a hurdle in competition) hampered his remaining days at the school.
Following college, Knappen returned to the San Fernando Valley, working with the Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department. Carefully following a very disciplined workout and nutritious diet, he found his speed returning as his healing continued.
Within a few years, he would be vaulting again, appearing at numerous all-comers meets throughout the Los Angeles and South Bay areas.
An avid runner, Knappen has appeared in 20 marathons, earning a "personal best" of three hours and 19 minutes. It's noteworthy that when he was no longer able to run an entire marathon, he walked part way, his last one at the age of 55-years-old.
Today, Knappen plays a huge role in helping both the men's and women's basketball teams, serving as equipment manager, an important job that can't be underscored enough. Praised by many, he is sometimes termed the "sixth" man on the squad. Knappen is one Monarch whose reputation precedes him.