Danny Stewart graduated from Farrell High School in 1972, completing an illustrious basketball career by leading Coach Eddie McCluskey’s Steelers to their 7th and the school’s last PIAA state championship.
Stewart, who at 5-foot-10 played center and forward, will be remembered for his defensive as well as offensive performance in the 1972 state game against Chester.
The burden to guard future collegiate All-American and NBA star Herman Harris - who was 6-foot-6 - fell on Stewart when center Roy Bennett got in foul trouble. Because of Stewart, who ended up with four fouls himself, Harris scored only 14 points in the contest.
Stewart scored 819 points in his Farrell career, including 426 his senior year while leading the Steelers to a 27-3 mark. As a junior he was one of the stalwarts on a 24-3 team that bowed out of the state tourney in the Western Region final with a loss to the Maurice Lucas-led Schenley Spartans.
In his 3-year career at Farrell, the Steelers posted a 67-12 record, including 51-6 when he was a starter his final two seasons.
He was First-Team both All-Section 3 and All-WPIAL his junior and senior years. He was 3rd-Team All-State as a junior and 1st-Team as a senior with teammate Larry Prince, putting him in a distinct class of Farrell basketball players achieving that status.
He was selected to play in the Dapper Dan Basketball Classic in Pittsburgh and was a co-MVP of the Farrell Ralph Dresch Memorial Tournament. As a sophomore at Farrell, he qualified for the WPIAL Track Championships in the 100-year dash.
He played basketball at St. Clair Community College in Michigan, where he was Second-Team All-Conference.
Stewart relocated to Los Angeles, where he coached YMCA basketball and a flag-football youth program. He coached Little League and volunteered with the Pasadena Running Roses Track Club. He served as vice president of Pasadena Junior All-American Football for 8 years.