John Fawcett can be credited for getting Stoneham athletics not only on
the map, but to its current level of success. This longtime Athletic
Director did more for Stoneham sports than possibly anyone else, as he
worked hard to make sure every student had a sport and the equipment
with which to play.
For 27 years, he was the man in the athletic
office. He was mainly responsible for the explosion in girls sports at
the high school as well, phasing in new programs such as softball and
girls soccer during his tenure.
Fawcett graduated from Melrose High School, where he was a standout
hockey and baseball player.
He joined the Marine Corps, and fought in the South Pacific during World
War II. In 1945 he received an honorable discharge, and earned his
degree in education at Boston University. He began teaching in the town
of Sandwich Massachusetts.
In 1953, he took a position at Stoneham High School as a social
studies teacher and assistant football coach. In 1956, he joined the
physical education staff.
In 1960, he got the call to become the school’s first Athletic Director.
He encouraged students to participate in three sports, and was known for
his hiring of excellent coaches over the years. He was named Middlesex
League Man of the Year twice, and was president of the League’s Athletic
John retired in 1987 from the Stoneham Public Schools. “He basically
picked Stoneham High up by the bootstraps,” said fellow Hall of Fame
inductee, Sonny Lane. “They were kind of down in the doldrums for a
while, and when he came in, everything changed. What he meant to that
school is unbelievable.”
At age 80, he continues to help in athletic administration. He works
in the Danvers school system part-time as a faculty manager of athletics
and resides in Lynnfield.