Alfred J. Forman (W-L Class of 1967) worked for Arlington Parks & Rec for over 25 years as a sports coordinator for the Langston-Brown Community Center. He organized athletic teams to include basketball and softball. His youth basketball teams won more than 10 county championships. He was also an avid official and served as a member of National Federation of State High School Associations' Football Rules Committee. He coordinated the Halls Hill Turkey Bowl for 40 years. He died in 2014.
Maynard K. Haithcock (1923-2016) grew up in Macon, Warren County, NC. He graduated from The George Washington University, majoring in Physical Education. At GW, he played on the Colonial’s basketball team that won 58 of 80 games. During the 1948-49 season, Maynard, co-captain and called Buster, was GW's scoring leader with 9.8 points per game. The team reached the Southern Conference Championship game against North Carolina State. He earned Second Team All-SoCon honors and later that year was a free agent draftee of the Washington Capitols of the Basketball Association of America, the precursor of the NBA. For a time, he played for the Rockville, MD, Stars. Maynard is currently ranked 57th on GW’s list of top 100 all-time GW basketball players.
In 1954, rather than pursuing a career in professional basketball, Maynard began
teaching physical education at Wakefield High School. After coaching the JV team, Coach Haithcock became the varsity basketball coach and in his first year, 1961, won Wakefield’s only state basketball championship. His teams went to the state tournament three other times. Maynard was also a leader in civil-rights. Before official integration, his team and Hoffman Boston’s under Coach Neal Haygood (then Arlington’s black high school) scrimmaged each other in basketball even though it was against county and state law at the time. Maynard took his teams to Hoffman Boston to scrimmage and invited Neal’s teams to Wakefield. These joint activities helped lay the groundwork for the full and largely trouble-free integration of Wakefield a few years later. In 1968, he became a guidance counselor, ending his coaching career. Maynard retired from Wakefield in 1984 and was selected for Wakefield’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Charles E. "Chuck" Harris, a member of the Virginia chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, coached at Yorktown, Wakefield and O'Connell over a span of five decades. His Yorktown teams won eight district championships in the 60s and 70s. Overall, his teams had four top-three finishes at the state tournament. He also served as president of both the Northern Virginia Wrestling Coaches Association and Northern Virginia Wrestling Officials Association. Coach Harris died in 2014 at age 95.
Reggie Harrison (Kamal Ali Salaam-El) is a 1969 alumnus of Washington-Lee High School and a member of the Washington-Lee Athletic Hall of Fame. He set numerous football and track and
field records at W-L. As a senior running back, Reggie attained W-L immortality by scoring six touchdowns in the final “Old Oaken Bucket” game of W-L’s long rivalry series with Alexandria’s George Washington High School. In the same senior year, he broke the Virginia
state record in the shot-put. At the University of Cincinnati (1969-1973), he rushed for 25 career touchdowns, and remains in the Bearcats’ all time top ten in both single season and career TDs.
Reggie was drafted in the 9th round of the 1974 NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, launching a four-year NFL career as a running back and special teams player, mostly with the great
Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the mid-1970s. Reggie played on four Steelers NFC Central Championship teams (1974-‘75-‘76-‘77) and its first two Super Bowl IX and X Champions (1975, 1976). In Super Bowl X on January 18, 1976, he blocked a fourth-quarter punt against
the Dallas Cowboys, resulting in a safety that helped the Steelers to win its second Super Bowl, 21-17
For those fortunate enough to see him play, Bernard R. “Bernie” Kirchner is remembered as the
best athlete to graduate from Yorktown High School. He is also considered by many as one of
the greatest all-around athletes in Arlington history. Bernie grew up in Arlington playing little
league in the early 1960’s, following in his older brother’s and father’s footsteps as a multi-sport
talent. He became recognized as a star athlete at Williamsburg Junior High School before
moving on to Yorktown.
In his high school junior year of football, Bernie made the All-Met, All-Northern Region and
Virginia, and All-Potomac District football teams, as well as third team All-State. In his senior
season, he missed five games due to injury but still made the All-Met Second Team, All-Northern Virginia, All-Suburban Virginia, All-Potomac District, and third team All-State.
In basketball, his honors in both his junior and senior seasons included All-Northern Region and
Virginia Teams, All-Potomac District and Tournament First Teams, and All-State Third Team.
He graduated as the first Yorktown player to score 1,000 career points, before the three-point
In baseball, there were no All-Met or All-State teams but Bernie made the All-Potomac District
First Team his junior year, batting .400, and senior year, batting .340 with a 9-1 pitching record.
He was drafted by the Montreal Expos following his senior season.
Instead, he signed a football scholarship to West Virginia University and played wide receiver
for Coach Bobby Bowden. He also pulled off the rare feat of playing a year of baseball and
basketball in college. In his career at WVU, Bernie caught 58 passes for 727 yards and three