KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools has announced the 2022 class of the Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame, which will be inducted on July 25, 2022:
- Donald Christian - Mr. Donald Christian retired in 2016 with 25 years of service (1991-2016) as a bus driver for Kingsport City Schools. Having retired from the trucking industry in 1991, Mr. Christian used his knowledge of the road and the mechanics of vehicles to establish a KCS bus drivers training program for new hires. Over the years, Mr. Christian has been responsible for training hundreds of KCS bus drivers while maintaining his daily routes. He is noted for demonstrating great enthusiasm for instilling high expectations for the drivers he's trained and for placing student safety as a number one priority. He is recognized for his positive attitude, knowledge, and devotion to his job and has proven to be an unparalleled source of inspiration to the KCS Transportation Department and to all who know him. Donald Christian was elected to the KCS Hall of Fame in the Modern Era category (Retired less than 25 years from induction).
- Cora Cox - Ms. Cora Cox retired in 1982 with 39 years of service (1943-1982) as a special education teacher for Kingsport City Schools. Ms. Cox began working in Kingsport as a teacher and girls basketball coach in the 1940s at Douglass High School, the city's African-American high school. She is noted for being one of the most inspiring, nurturing, and persistent teachers at Douglass. After Kingsport's desegregation and the closure of Douglass in 1966, Ms. Cox taught at Robinson Middle School, Sevier Middle School, and Johnson Elementary School during her tenure with KCS. While teaching, she obtained her master's degree in special education, where it is said she demonstrated a passion for motivating special needs children. Many of her former special education students entered the workforce after graduation with a determination to succeed. Ms. Cox is noted for being a driving source of energy for public education where she initiated the Kingsport Head Start program, championed programs for autistic children, and was twice named the KCS Teacher of the Year. In 1977 she was named Tennessee Teacher of the Year for her exemplary service. In 2012, KCS named a building in her honor - Cora Cox Academy. Cora Cox was posthumously elected to the KCS Hall of Fame in the Tradition Era category (Retired 25 to 49 years from induction).
- Douglas Dade - Mr. Douglas Dade retired in 1996 with 36 years of service (1959-1996) as a teacher for Kingsport City Schools. Mr. Dade served as an English Language Arts teacher for Sevier Middle School and taught summer school English at Dobyns-Bennett High School. In addition, Mr. Dade served as president of the Kingsport Teachers Association for a number of years. Upon returning from a military tour of duty in Korea in 1959, he began teaching at Sevier Middle School while working on his master's degree as a new teacher. Mr. Dade, was affectionately known by his former students for his tremendous passion for grammar, diagramming sentences, and his giant Larry Bird poster. Both former students and colleagues have acknowledged his calm, light-hearted, consistent, and fair personality, which garnered respect from all. In 1985 he received the KCS Outstanding Educator Award for exceptional service and the positive impact he had on his students. Mr. Dade is recognized for how influential he was in the development and success in shaping his student's lives. Douglas Dade was elected to the KCS Hall of Fame in the Tradition Era category (Retired 25 to 49 years from induction).
- Randy Quillin - Mr. Randy Quillin retired in 2012 with 40 year of service (1972-2012) as a teacher, coach, and administrator for Kingsport City Schools. During Mr. Quillin's tenure with KCS, he has served as a Dobyns-Bennett High School physical education/wellness teacher (head of the department), assistant principal, girls basketball head coach, assistant football coach, and freshman baseball coach. While at Sevier Middle School, he was a physical education/wellness teacher, assistant principal, head girls basketball coach, assistant football coach, assistant boys basketball coach, and co-head track coach. In addition, Mr. Quillin served in the Navy, Navy Reserves, and the Tennessee Army National Guard. During his time as an administrator, he artfully mastered the skill of disciplining students while still working with them to improve and build upon their behavior, academics, and growth as a young person. He is noted for his outstanding leadership skills, love for his community, and his overall commitment to supporting all students to the highest degree. Mr. Quillin is recognized for possessing the skills, passion, and knowledge to effectively teach, coach, mentor, and lead; changing the lives and paths of generations of students. Randy Quillin was elected to the KCS Hall of Fame in the Modern Era category (Retired less than 25 years from induction).
- LeRoy Sprankle - Coach LeRoy Sprankle retired in 1943 with 21 years of service (1922-1943) as a teacher, coach, and athletic director for Kingsport City Schools. Coach Sprankle was recruited to Kingsport in 1922 to teach Algebra and most notably to coach all of the athletic programs for Kingsport High School. He was the head basketball, head baseball, and head track coach. Coach Sprankle's first quarterback, the legend, Bobby Dodd, made it known that Coach Sprankle was like a second father to him and was directly responsible for his successes and those of generations of Kingsport athletes. Some of those athletes include George Peters, Jitney Blankenbeckler, and Bobby Cifers - all Dobyns-Bennett Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. While athletic director, Coach Sprankle was heavily involved in the construction of J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Upon retirement, Coach Sprankle published the book, My Boys, which told the story of his football team and the players at Dobyns-Bennett. The dedication of the Sprankle Gymnasium (Sevier Middle School), was an indication of his impact on Kingsport athletics. Coach Sprankle is remembered for laying the groundwork for one of the most successful high school programs in the United States... the "Father of East Tennessee Athletics." LeRoy Sprankle was posthumously elected to the KCS Hall of Fame in the Legacy Era category (Retired 50 years or more from induction).
Established in 2015, the eighth class honors and recognizes employees that have made significant contributions to KCS and its students. The Hall of Fame serves as the keystone employee award celebrating the district’s history of excellence.
"The Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame serves as the keystone award recognizing exemplary KCS employees,” said KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse. "It is a privilege to honor these exceptional educators and the incredible positive impact they have made on the lives of our students, families, and staff. They are truly the best of the best!"
The KCS Hall of Fame features up to two inductees annually in each of the three categories – “Legacy” (Retired 50 years or more from potential induction), “Tradition” (Retired 25 to 49 years from potential induction), and “Modern Era” (Retired less than 25 years from potential induction). To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been regularly employed by KCS for a minimum of five years and have been retired from the district for a minimum of five years. Any former KCS employee (teacher or non-teacher) meeting the eligibility criteria may be considered.
The 2022 KCS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Monday, July 25, 2022 at 11 a.m. located at the Dobyns-Bennett High School Buck Van Huss Dome.
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice, and an alternative learning program; with a total enrollment of over 7,600 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.
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