HARRY JAMES DRIVAS, Class of 1954

DRIVAS_Harry_James_2000_1954HARRY JAMES DRIVAS
Class of 1954
Inducted in 2000

One of the many outstanding Lowell High School athletes of the 1950’s, Harry Drivas was one of the catalysts of the most successful period of gridiron achievement in the school’s history–the golden years of legendary Coach Ray Riddick’s Red Raiders.

During the 1952 season, Harry passed for 691 yards and 7 touchdowns and ran for two more scores as Lowell won the Massachusetts State Class A Championship and then scored a decisive 26–12 victory in the Piedmont Bowl in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, en route to an overall 11–0 record.

As team Captain during the 1953 season Harry continued his stellar play. The standout quarterback threw for 733 yards (7th on the all-time LHS list) and a school record 13 touchdowns (still 1st on the all-time list), in addition to running for 2 touchdowns as the Red and Gray captured its 2nd consecutive State Class A Championship, completing an undefeated 9–0 season. Harry was the prime mover of an offense that totaled 307 points, the 2nd highest total in school history.

For his career, Harry compiled a perfect 20–0 record as starting quarterback. His career total of 20 touchdown passes still stands as Lowell High School record. Harry’s career total of 1,424 yards passing ranks 3rd on the all-time LHS list.

A versatile athlete, Harry also competed as a member of the LHS basketball and baseball teams during his years at Lowell High School.

Upon graduation from Lowell High, Harry enrolled at the University of Connecticut. At Storrs, he played four years of football, earning All-Conference honors.

Harry remained involved in athletics in his professional career, as a teacher/coach and athletic director in Florida.

Induction Year: 2000
Graduation/Class Year: 1954
Gender: Male
LHS Sports Played: Football
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