Remembered as the “Father of the Slam Dunk” at Lowell High School, Tracy Mitchell was one of the cornerstones of Coach Charlie Ryan’s Red and Gray hoop dynasty of the 1980’s. Mitchell also starred on the Track, earning A.A.U. All-American Honors under Coach John Lang.
Tracy brought a dynamic athleticism to the Lowell High School hoop scene, leading Lowell to three consecutive tournament berths (1976–1979), while consistently leading the Raiders in scoring, rebounding, steals, and blocked shots.
Tracy’s efforts culminated in the 1978–1979 season when as team Captain, he was named a Boston Globe All-Scholastic, and played on the prestigious Boston Shootout All-Star Team.
On the track, Tracy was one of the most versatile performers of recent decades. After placing 2nd in both the Mass-State and New England High School Championships in the long jump, Tracy gained the A.A.U. All-American honors in that event by placing 5th in the National Junior Olympics. Tracy’s leap of 23’–11″ still stands as a LHS record.
After prepping at Maine Central Institute, where he was basketball Captain (1980), Tracy attended Saddleback Junior College in California where he again starred in basketball and track. Tracy attended Texas Christian University, where he was a two-year starter and team Captain (1983).
Tracy was signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics in 1985 and was one of the final cuts. He also played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association.
Graduation/Class Year: 1979
LHS Sports Played: Basketball, Track
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LHS Sport Captain: Yes
College: Saddleback Junior College, Texas Christian University
Professional/International/Olympic Sports: Signed with the Boston Celtics and played in Continental Basketball Association
Nickname: “The Father of the Slam Dunk”
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