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Kristine Sue Pigeon

2004 SRVHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Kristine Sue Pigeon, Class of 1968:

Kristine Sue Pigeon or Kristy to those who know her best began playing tennis as a young girl. Ever since then, tennis has been a big part of Kristy’s life and is one of the reasons she is honored.

Kristy attended San Ramon Valley High School at a time when there was no girl’s tennis team in existence. This did not stop Kristy from pursuing her dream however – she was making a name for herself as a state champion, national champion and world champion.

While a student at San Ramon, Kristy dazzled the tennis world with her athletic prowess and in 1966 won the California State Championship for Girls 16 & Under-Singles. In 1968, Kristy racked up numerous championships winning the California State Championship for Girls 18 & Under-Singles; the National Girls Singles & Doubles Championships; and the Wimbledon Junior Singles Championship for Girls under 21.

Upon graduation from SRVHS, Kristy went on to attend Mills College and UC Berkeley, but did not play collegiate tennis since she had gone professional in 1969.

As a professional tennis player, Kristy was an original member of the Virginia Slims Tournament Players and ranked several years in the top 10 Worlds Women Pros. Kristy played on the winning U.S. Wightman Cup Team, played World Team Tennis for Hawaii Leis, and played on international tennis circuits including the U.S., Caribbean, European, and South African.

From 1976 to 1989, Miss Pigeon owned and operated the Elkhorn Tennis School in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 1991 she constructed Sagebrush Arena, a multipurpose equestrian facility in Idaho. There she developed a nonprofit organization to provide equine assisted therapy and recreation for physically, mentally, and emotionally impaired children and adults.