Devlin, Mark (1894-1973)

This collection has copies of both Lawrence High School athletic photographs and newspaper clippings that chronicle Coach Devlin’s career.

Mark H. Devlin was born in Lawrence, Mass., Dec. 5, 1894.  He graduated from the Bruce School and attended Lawrence High School but ultimately graduated from St. John’s Prep in 1911.  He attended both Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. and St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa.  He played both baseball and football at both schools.  He graduated from St. Ambrose in 1918 and then spent six months in the navy.  He started his coaching career at St. John’s Prep in 1919 and also played a season with the Canton Bulldogs.  He coached at St. Ambrose in basketball, football, and baseball and played pro football with a New York team in 1920.

He started his Lawrence career at Lawrence High School as a teacher-coach in 1922.  His football teams had a winning percentage of .622 on 147 victories, 75 defeats, and 23 ties.  He also served as head coach of baseball and basketball and track for a few early years.  He retired in 1965.  His nicknames included “Devvie” and the “Grey Fox.”  He died Dec. 11, 1973.

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  1. A giant in the Lawrence High School community. My favorite teacher. I was in his class (ancient history) when we got word of President Kennedy’s shooting in Dallas. He made a great impression on me that has lasted to this day.

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