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Irvin C. Lee
Class of 1937
Irvin Lee was a three year member of the HHS baseball and basketball teams from 1935 through 1937, and a member of the 1937 football squad. Irvin was the leading scorer for the Blue Streak basketball teams that won the Virginia Class B state championship in both 1936 and 1937. For his outstanding performance, Irvin was named to the 1937 Virginia All State team as a forward.

In baseball, Irvin batted .393 in his senior year. Irvin graduated as valedictorian of the HHS class of 1937 and went to work at Valley National Bank, where he remained, except for World War II military service, until his retirement as executive vice-president in 1983. During World War II, Irvin served with the U.S. Army 20th Armored Division from 1943 – 1946, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

For more than 20 years Irvin was an active performer in city recreational basketball and softball leagues, earning all-star recognition on many occasions. Irvin was also very involved in civic activities in his hometown. He was a member of the exchange club for more than 30 years, serving as secretary, vice-president and president. Irvin also served 12 years on the Harrisonburg Recreation Commission, including two years as president. He was a life-long member of Asbury Methodist Church, where he taught sunday school and was a member of the board of the church.


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