Inducted in 1983
John Lee
Born on November 30, 1905 in Portland, Maine
Education:
Portland High School
Kents Hill Seminary
Colby College

John "Red" Lee, now of Scarborough, was a fiery, combative all-round sports standout in the 20's, longtime football-basketball official and coach, record-wrecking candlepin bowler, and 40-year teacher.

With hard-hitting play and spark plug leadership, Red Lee helped create consistent winners at Portland High, Kents Hill School and Colby College.

A compact football guard, Red's maximum weight was a mere 160-odd pounds.

But heft was immaterial - he blocked and tackled like a 200-pounder.

Lee played four years of football at Portland, three under Hall of Famer Jimmy Fitzpatrick. The Bulldogs were state champions in 1923.

Red also bolstered the Blue track and baseball teams and added basketball at Kents Hill. He captained the Hilltopper football eleven of 1925 (Ray Nusspickel a teammate, later as Ray Eliot a star guard and ultimately coach of two Illini Rose Bowl winners). Infielder-outfielder Red also helped Kents Hill win the '25 state prep baseball title.

One of Colby's all-time grid guards, Lee sparked the Mules to state title ties in '27 and '28, was All-State in '28 and '29 and captained the '29 Mules.

Later, as a proud father, he saw 3 sons, John Jr. (Cheverus track), Steve and Paul (both Deering football and track, with Steve later at Bates) add to the Lee sports honors.

As a veteran official, assistant coach and physical education director and business math teacher (35 years at PHS), Red was broadly known for his keen understanding and guidance of young people.

Red has been a frequent inspirational rally speaker, at PHS rallies for Thanksgiving and other big games.

Red was a member of numerous organizations - Lions, Woodfords Club, Portland Club, American Legion, Portland Boys Club, Boy Scouts Club, Portland High School Alumni Association, President Colby Portland Club, Maine Teachers Association, Commanding Officer of South Portland Naval Reserves.

Red is married to the former Lillian Maynard of Winthrop, Mass. They have three sons, John, Jr., Paul, Stephen (deceased 1945), and a daughter, Valerie.

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