Our State Representative Harry Lewis is fighting for us in Harrisburg. Whether opposing massive tax increases that would cost families and seniors or ensuring that our education system is strong with record funding, we can count on Harry Lewis to provide real results. Harry serves on the House Children & Youth, Education, Health and Urban Affairs Committees.
Mr. Lewis is an icon in the Coatesville area. Why?
- Because he spent his entire career as the quintessential advocate for the broad community demonstrating an unwavering sense of fairness and integrity
- Because he evolved as the “go to guy” to get things done
- Because he applies his unique perspective to improve community relations
- Because he uses the respect he has earned as a public figure [without holding a political office] to serve as a trusted leader.
- Because since his “retirement” in 2006, he has further demonstrated his perpetual commitment to our youth and community
- Because he distinguished himself as an outstanding educator, school administrator, track coach, mentor and community leader for over 40 years.
- Including serving as the Principal of Coatesville Area Senior High School, Assistant Principal, Special Education Teacher and Physical Education Teacher.
His extensive list of honors, awards and accomplishments speaks volumes. Yet he doesn’t sit on his laurels. Every day he begins at the “starting line” and untiringly earns his place.
A national champion in his own right, he benefited and recognized early on that sports offered much more than a recreational outlet. He skillfully used that platform to build character and confidence while opening doors that allowed so many to reach their full academic as well as athletic potential.
Never limiting his attention to the athlete, he focused on entire families and continues to make a real difference in the broad community well beyond the borders of the Coatesville area.
- Graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School (’59)
- B.S., Health and Physical Education, Winston-Salem University (’63)
- Masters of Wellness & Fitness, West Chester University (’80)
- Masters of Education Administration, Cheyney University (’99)
Educational and community associations and honors:
- Winston Salem State University’s 2015 Alumni Achiever Award
- National Alliance of Black School Educators, Delaware Valley Association Chapter
- Past Chairman, Board of Trustees, Brandywine Health Foundation
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. (Charter Member -Winston Salem State University – 1960)
- Past President, Coatesville Area Jaycees
- Coatesville Area Jaycees Mile Stone Award (1968)
- Past President, Pan-Hellenic Assembly of Chester County, PA
- Coatesville Area Hall of Fame – Outstanding Achievement (1990)
- Coatesville Memorial Community Center Recognition Award (1992)
- The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International- Paul Harris Fellow (1997)
- Coatesville Area Senior High – Student School Board Tribute (1997-98)
- Coatesville High School Honor Society, Outstanding Educator (1998)
- Coatesville Area Senior High Yearbook Dedication (1998)
- Brown/Lewis Family Recognition (1998)
- State of Pennsylvania, Man of the Year (1986 and 2000)
- Winston-Salem State University National Alumni Association – Clarence “Bighouse” Gaines Unsung Hero Award (Chicago, 2004)
- Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps – Outstanding Support of the Air Force (2006)
- Lily of the Valley Masonic Lodge #59 Community Service Award (2010)
- The Brandywine Center Un-sung Hero Award (2010)
- Harry Lewis, Jr. Scholarship Award – Brandywine Health Foundation (est. 2011)
- City of Coatesville Community Service Proclamation (2012)
- Pennsylvania State Representative Recognition (2012)
- Coatesville Community Education Foundation Lifetime – Achievement in Education Award (2012)
- County of Chester Citation (2012)
- Lincoln University- Board of Trustees (2012)
- Newlin Foundation – Director (2012)
- NAACP – Living Legacy Award –(2013)
- Chester County Economic Development Council – Board of Directors
During 36 years as track coach at the Coatesville Area Senior High, Lewis accomplished an unprecedented champion record:
- 15 undefeated seasons
- 174 wins and 17 losses
- 22 All American high school and Penn Relay Championship athletes
- 23 Chesmont Conference Team Championships and a State Championship team
- 3 over 7’ high jumpers
Athletic Honors and positions held:
- Inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame in 2015
- Master Official at the Penn Relays for 35 years – Penn Relays High School Referee since 2011
- PA Track Coaches Association, Man of the Year (1986 and 2000)
- Greater Philadelphia Track Coaches Association, Coach of the Year (1988)
- Bishop McDevitt Track Club – John A. Glascott Award for Outstanding Service and Contributions to Scholastic Track and Field (1991)
- Daily Local News, Track Coach of the Year (5 times)
- Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Phila., Inc. (1999-2000)
- Penna. Track & Field Coaches Association – Person of the Year (2001)
- Past President of the Greater Philadelphia Track Coaches Association
- Coatesville Area Senior High Sports Hall of Fame, Outstanding Coach (2004)
- Comcast SportsNet MVP, sponsored by Citadel (2004)
- Keynote speaker Penn Relays Opening Event, 2006
- Winston Salem State University – Unsung Hero Award, 2011: 1962 Championship of America Relay Team
- An avid trap shooter, Harry has earned numerous 1st place awards in local, regional and national competitions