Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk, and was raised in San Diego. As a child, Hawk was described as “hyperactive”, and his mother has stated that he was “so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things. ” One time, Hawk struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be “physically coaxed out” by his father. His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school. The results were that Tony was “gifted”, as he was tested with an intelligence quotient of 144, so school advisers recommended placing him in advanced classes. Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School from 1980 to 1981, and eventually returned for the show Homecoming with Rick Reilly, where he set up a ramp and did a demonstration. His parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy. As Hawk’s skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen, and was the National Skateboard Association world champion for twelve consecutive years.