Al Forman was a standout four-sport athlete at Washington-Lee High School (Class of 1967), including honors as an all-state football defensive lineman his senior year. After graduation, he found his true calling in life: sports coordinator, coach and official for Arlington County sports programs for over 40 years. He worked for Arlington Parks & Recreation for over 25 years as Sports Coordinator for the Langston-Brown Community Center. He organized the County’s youth and adult athletic teams, and personally coached many of the teams (as well as manning the Halloween hayride for Langston Brown and serving as Santa Claus every year for events at the Langston-Brown, Madison and Lee Centers). His youth basketball teams won more than ten County championships. He was noted for demanding and obtaining good sportsmanship from all his teams and, along the way, he formed a booster organization that raised funds to defray the cost of participation in County sports programs by community youth.
An avid official of football, basketball and volleyball contests, he became Football Commissioner of the Eastern Board of Officials, was a member of the National Federation of State High School Association’s Football Rules Committee, and served as a member of the Arlington Sports Commission. For over 40 Thanksgivings, he coordinated and officiated the High View Park/Halls Hill community annual Turkey Bowl. He also was a player and coach of the Virginia White Sox, a men’s sandlot baseball team, for over 30 years, and coached the Black Beauties women’s softball team for many years. Al passed away 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.
What sets Chuck Harris apart from many is that he was a true pioneer of the sport of wrestling in the state of Virginia. When he became a head coach in 1948, there were only about 10 high school wrestling teams in the state. Since he had wrestled and played football for Appalachian State, he was immediately called upon for his experience and leadership. That continued while the sport grew to hundreds of teams.
While coaching teams that won numerous district titles and placing second and third in the state, he also served as president of the Northern Virginia Wrestling Coaches, and as president of the Northern Virginia Wrestling Officials. He represented the entire southeastern United States while serving a term on the National High School rules committee. He is also a member of the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Coach Harris was the first wrestling coach at Yorktown High School and coached until moving up to Athletic Director. He coached All-State athletes at Maury, Wakefield, Yorktown, and Bishop O’Connell. In all, he coached for 50 years! In 1966-1967, he coached 5 wrestlers who went on to compete for 4 years at the college level.
Always willing to share and develop the sport, he founded the annual Arlington Summer Wrestling Clinic which was attended by thousands of area athletes over the years. Coach Harris brought in top college coaches from around the country for the event.
His greatest legacy may be his being a good role model and mentoring thousands of young people as a teacher and a coach. He developed both character and talent. He taught his athletes to “Win like a gentleman and take a loss like a man.” While highly competitive, he was always gracious to the victors after a loss and taught such lessons to his athletes.
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
Jimmy Lange was inspired after meeting Sugar Ray Leonard at 6 years old, and he knew he would become a professional fighter. He grew up in Arlington, graduating from Bishop O’Connell High School. He was trained and advised by the legendary Angelo Dundee, Don Turner, Jackie Callen, and was managed by his father, John Lange.
A stellar boxing career with a record of 38 wins (25 by knockouts), 6 losses and 2 draws , he has fought at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, DAR Constitution Hall, the DC Armory, the DC Convention Center, Caesar’s Palace, Baltimore and Virginia Beach and other venues before a massive following of loyal friends fans and family from his hometown Arlington and the DC metropolitan area.
In 2011 and 2012, he held both the World Boxing Union junior middleweight title and the North American Boxing Union welterweight title. A featured boxer on NBC’s reality based hit show “The Contender“, produced by Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard, Jimmy won the consolation fight in Las Vegas.
After he left the ring, he has been involved with charity events, mentoring at-risk youth, Dream Works, and the Washington Football Team.