Announcements and Important Events
The annual Washington - Lee High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony of Class of 2019 recipients will took place between the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games vs Herndon on Jan. 18, 2019. The six recipients of the Class of 2019 are: Brian Blados (1980), Mary Lynn Clark (2013), Tyrone Epperson (1967), George McQuinn (1929), James Spriggs (1966), and Harry Lee Thomas Jr. (1972).
Brian Blados, Class of 1980
Brian Blados graduated from Washington-Lee HS in 1980. He was a varsity athlete on the football, wrestling, and track teams. He was a district champion in wrestling during his senior year and was honored as an All-District football player in his junior and senior years. After graduating from W-L, Blados attended the University of North Carolina, where he played offensive tackle. During his senior season there were two 1000-yard rushers and he is credited with creating the space for that yardage to occur. The Tar Heels won three bowl games, had a record of 37-11, and were ranked in the top 10 during all four of his years with the team. In the 1984 NFL draft, Blados was selected in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals. That year he was chosen for the 1984 NFL All-Rookie Team. He played guard and offensive tackle for the Bengals from 1984-1991. He played in Super Bowl 23 in 1988. He also spent one year each with the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mary Lynn Clark, Class of 2013
Mary Lynn Clark graduated from Washington-Lee in 2013. She was a two-sport athlete participating in varsity gymnastics and diving. Clark was a stand out on the gymnastics team during her four years at W-L. She was team captain for two years and led the team to its first region championship in 2012 and to a second-place finish at the state meet that same year. At that state meet in 2012, Clark won the vault and bars championships and was runner up in individual all-around. She was the Northern Region all-around champion in 2011 and the runner up in 2010 and 2012. Clark was recognized by the Washington Post as the All-Met Gymnast of the Year in 2012, also earning All-Met first team honors in 2010 and 2013 and All-Met honorable mention in 2011. Clark was also a decorated club gymnast with Apollo Gymnastics, where she qualified for Eastern Nationals in 2013 and won the vault title. She went on to pursue Division 3 diving at Scripps College where she was awarded the Boucquey Outstanding Student Athlete Award.
Tyrone Epperson, Class of 1967
Tyrone Epperson graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1967. He was a three-sport athlete, participating on the varsity teams in football, basketball, and track. He was an outstanding shooter as a member of the 1966 state basketball championship team. He was selected as a captain during his senior year. On the football team, he played full back and running back and had 900 career rushing yards. He was selected to the first team All-Met his senior year and voted Best Football Player in the Washington Metropolitan area for the 1966-67 season. In track, he set the school record for the Triple Jump. As of his induction in 2019, this record still stands.
George McQuinn, Class of 1929
George McQuinn graduated from Washington-Lee in 1929. McQuinn played first base and was named the first captain of W-L’s baseball team. He played in the minor leagues after graduation and was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds in 1936 to start his Major League baseball career. That career lasted 12 years and McQuinn played with the Reds, the St. Louis Browns, the Philadelphia A’s, and the New York Yankees. In the 1938 season with the Browns, McQuinn hit safely in 34 consecutive games and had a .324 batting average. In 1947, McQuinn earned the starting first baseman job with the New York Yankees. He had a batting average of .304 that season, driving in 80 runs and homering 13 times. He helped lead that team to a World Series Championship over the Dodgers. McQuinn was a seven time All-Star and finished sixth in MVP voting in 1947. He retired after the 1948 season. He is a member of the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
James Spriggs, Class of 1966
James Spriggs graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1966. He played varsity basketball in 1965 and 1966 and was a starter on the 1966 state championship basketball team. After graduation, Spriggs attended Northern Virginia Community College for one year and played basketball there. He was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Germany. While there he started at center for the U.S. Army basketball team. His team went 26-3 and were Company Champions and Battalion Champions. Spriggs was named to the USAREUR All-Star Team. Upon his return to the U.S., Spriggs earned a scholarship to King’s Business College, where he attended and played basketball for two years.
Harry L. Thomas, Jr., Class of 1972
Harry Thomas graduated from Washington-Lee in 1972. He was a three-sport athlete, competing on the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams. He earned first team All-Met honors for football and first team All-Region honors for football and baseball during his senior year. His senior year, he was named the Northern Region Player of the Year for baseball, earned an Arlington County Athlete of the Year honor from the Better Sports Club of Arlington and was named the Washington-Lee High School Athlete of the Year. Thomas went 9-0 as a pitcher his senior year and had a team leading batting average of .381. That baseball team won the district and region championships and was runner up in the state championship. Thomas went on to play football and baseball at the University of Virginia. He earned 2nd team All-ACC honors in 1974 in baseball and was named co-captain of the baseball team in 1976.