Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Harry Pitt, PhD

Harry Pitt, PhD

Sport: Football
Category: Athlete and Coach
Primary Team: George Washington University Colonials
Year Inducted: 2012

Raised in Spring Valley, NY, Harry Pitt played football, wrestled and ran track in high school. He attended George Washington University from 1947 – 51 where he played guard for GW’s football team. After serving as a Platoon Leader in Korea, he became an assistant  coach  for  the GW football team.  Harry  later became an assistant  high  school  football  coach,  and  head  wrestling  coach at Washington Lee,  and  was one of the first wrestling coaches to introduce weightlifting to his team. He led his team to an undefeated  season in 1958 and to  the school’s first State Championship in 1959. Harry  was  well  into  his 70s when he began competing in power lifting competitions with his son and grandson. He placed first in the 181-pound class in 2007 at age 77 and in 2010 at age 80. An avid Washington  area  sports  fan,  Harry  spent  more  than  50  years in the DC area where he met  his  wife. They  raised  three  children in the  Silver  Spring  and  then Bethesda areas. He worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for more than 30 years  culminating in his role as superintendent  from 1987 to 1991. Until his death in 2011,  Harry  was a regular at the JCCGW where he worked out at least five days a week. Harry is survived by his three children and six grandchildren.

Of blessed memory.

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