Stoneham High class of 1931 graduate, Herant John
Adzigian, excelled and accomplished at the highest levels of both
academics and athletics, leaving behind him a life well lived at the
time of his passing in 2003.
"Adzi" was a football, basketball, and baseball
star for the Spartans and was one of its first three-sport superstars,
as well as the Junior and Senior Class President at SHS. Adzigian was
the tail back and line backer on the undefeated 1929 Stoneham Spartans
football squad, and was the leading scorer in Massachusetts that season
- proving to be a scoring threat with his churning legs and his right
arm on several Adzigian touchdown passes during his SHS career. The
explosive Spartan returned six first-half or second-half opening
kickoffs for touchdowns during that miraculous season.
"Adzigian played his usual sterling game," read one account in the
Stoneham Independent. "His tackling was spectacular and he also got
loose on several long runs." Adzigian was a guard on the Middlesex
League champion basketball team his senior year. He was also a three
year starting third baseman on three Middlesex League Champion baseball
teams - with a dual role as a baseball Captain his senior year.
The speedy Adzigian attended Harvard University after graduation and
played both baseball and football for the Crimson, and then set his
sights on becoming a coach and teacher. Adzigian landing first at the
Berkshire School for Boys and then at Lexington High School in 1942 to
serve as Lt. Commander in the United States Naval Reserves during World
John Adzigian married Elizabeth Maude Gallup in
1939 and had two sons, David and Donald. He taught math and coached
baseball and football at Lexington High School during a 28-year career
at the school. Adzigian enjoyed 63 years of marriage before his passing
on May 15, 2003 at the age of 90.