Year Inducted: 2019
Schools / Organizations: (Chicago) North Lawndale Charter High School
Biography: Lewis was a highly respected coach and mentor for 20 years as a boys’ head coach. The final 18 seasons were at (Chicago) North Lawndale Charter High School. Lewis coached North Lawndale to the IHSA Class 2A State Championship in 2008 with a 30-4 record. The Phoenix also placed 2nd in Class A in 2007 and 3rd place in Class 3A in 2009. The 2009 squad also won the prestigious Chicago Public League title with a thrilling 54-51 overtime win over Hyde Park. Sadly, Lewis Thorpe passed away on October 25, 2018 as he was preparing for the upcoming season.