Foy Draper - Leuzinger History Teacher
November 26, 1911 â€“ February 01, 1943
Foy Draper was born in Georgetown Texas. A native of California, he attended the University of Southern California. Foy was a track and field star at the University of Southern California, where he held the world record for the 100-yard dash. he won the IC4A championship in 200 m in 1935. An Olympic Athlete. He became part of the gold medal relay team alongside Jesse Owens at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
Foy Draper enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and joined the 97th Squadron of the 47th Bomb Group at Thelepte, Tunisia. On Jan. 4, 1943, Draper flew off on a mission to strike German and Italian ground forces in Tunisia, taking part in the Battle of Kasserine Pass. His plane was shot down by enemy aircraft, and he was buried in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia.
1944 Pylon Dedication: 'Leuzinger claims among its honored war dead Captain Foy Draper, pilot in the Army Air Force and former Leuzinger teacher. Captain Draper one of the early casualties of the war, was killed in January 1943, when his A20 attack bomber crashed in Africa.'
Foy Draper taught History at Leuzinger High School for three years. And while he was here, he established the Pep Club. He was the originator of the Olympian Boy and Olympian Girls Awards. Foy's Tribute photo comes from the 1939 Pylon Yearbook Faculty page.