George Brittain’s life was cut short in 1964 at the age of 55, but although his time with us was far too brief, he left a lasting impression on the Johnson City community.
Mr. Brittain came to Johnson City High School in 1930. He began his teaching career with five years in the JC elementary schools before becoming the mechanical drawing and shop instructor at JCHS in 1935. He greatly influenced the lives of the young people he worked with in the classroom and on the playing field.
*Mr. Brittain coached at all levels of the Johnson City athletic program in several different sports. He was an assistant coach for the football and basketball teams for several years, and he was a head coach for track and basketball at the grammar school (modified) level. The baseball field is where Mr. Brittain reached his greatest coaching heights. He coached the grammar school, freshman, and junior varsity baseball teams before becoming the varsity head coach in 1959. His coaching accomplishments included the Triple Cities League and Southern Tier Conference championships in 1964 as well as having coached Johnson City’s first student-athlete to sign a professional baseball contract that same year.
In addition to his years of coaching experience, Mr. Brittain was also a well-respected area football and basketball official. He was a past president and secretary of the Southern Tier Chapter of Accredited Basketball Officials.
Although he did not grow up in this area, Johnson City was definitely Mr. Brittain’s adopted home. In his 34 years as a teacher and coach in this district, he accomplished the goal of every educator: he left a lasting, positive impression on his students. As the plaque in his memory that can be found in the south lobby of JCHS reads:
George Brittain: “Whose strong desire and personal pride throughout 34 years of loyal service helped shape the outlook and future of his teams and students in the attainment of their personal goals.”
For his career dedication to Johnson City athletics and this district’s students, the Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome George Brittain (1909-1964).