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BTCS establishes Hall of Fame in honor of Tennessee and Slater high schools
BTCS establishes Hall of Fame in honor of Tennessee and Slater high schools

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Bristol Tennessee City Schools (BTCS) announced the creation of the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

According to a press release issued Monday, the first class will be inducted into Tennessee High School on Sunday, September 8. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the auditorium and then continue in Viking Hall, where the Hall of Fame’s permanent exhibit will also be unveiled.

The press release states that the new initiative will recognize and honor athletes, teams, coaches, administrators and special sponsors who have made historically notable contributions to the school district’s athletic programs, including both Tennessee High School and Slater High School. Tennessee High School, which opened its doors in 1916, and Slater High School, which educated African-American students from 1919 until its integration into Tennessee High School in 1965, both have rich traditions of athletic excellence.

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“It is important to us to recognize individuals from both schools, as some truly incredible athletes have played sports at THS and Slater,” said Lori Worley, who sits on the BTCS Athletic Hall of Fame Advisory Board. “The same goes for the many coaches, administrators and special supporters who have supported the schools. With both schools opening more than 100 years ago, the creation of an athletic hall of fame was long overdue.”

The inaugural class of the BTCS Athletic Hall of Fame includes a diverse group of 26 individuals and teams from different sports and eras who represent the extraordinary talent and dedication of both schools, the press release said.

“Selecting the inaugural class was no easy task,” said Tommy McDaniel, who serves on the advisory committee. “It required a lot of research and time from a group of dedicated individuals who are very familiar with the Slater and THS athletic programs. We believe that with this inaugural class, we have a solid group who are all deserving of being part of the BTCS Athletic Hall of Fame.”

The BTCS Athletic Hall of Fame is designed to be an ongoing project with new elements added in the coming years to celebrate and preserve the schools’ rich athletic history. In the future, the community will be able to submit nominations through the BTCS Athletic Hall of Fame website. Nominations can be made by individuals or anyone wishing to recognize a former athlete or special contributor. To be eligible, nominees must have been away from the school for at least five years.

For more information, visit the BTCS Athletic Hall of Fame website at www.btcs.org/hof or contact the Tennessee High Athletic Department at (423) 652-9361.

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Tina Banks (1983 graduate, THS athlete, track and field, basketball)

Russ Basham (1955-90, THS baseball coach, administrator)

David Bibee (1973, THS athlete, football, baseball, basketball, track and field)

Marvin Beidleman (1964, SHS athlete, basketball, football)

Bill Bingham (1964-95, THS football and baseball coach, AD, administrator)

Jennifer Coffey (1985, THS athlete, diving, athletics)

John Cropp (1967-73, THS football coach)

Todd Daggs (1985, THS athlete, football, track and field)

Wayne Daggs (1963, SHS athlete, basketball, football)

George Heath (1973, THS athlete, football, athletics)

Derrick Hord (1979, THS athlete, basketball, track and field)

Tom Hundley (1962–73, 1987–98, football and track coach)

Mo Jenkins (1951, SHS athlete, basketball, football)

Greg Jones (1974, THS athlete, football, track and field)

Gil Kyle (1973, THS athlete, football, basketball, track and field)

Frank “Doc” Maples (1954–2004, THS athletic trainer, teacher, special employee)

Courtney McDaniel, (2000, THS athlete, basketball, track and field, softball)

Mark McKinney (1977, THS athlete, baseball, football, basketball, track and field)

Larry Silcox (1973, THS athlete, football, track and field)

Dorsey Sims (1960-65, SHS coach (basketball, football)

Bob Zeiger (1970-2013, THS golf, football and basketball coach)

1937 State Basketball Team — THS

1962 Tri-State Championship Team – SHS

1967 Baseball State Championship Team – THS

1971 State Football Championship Team – THS

1972 State Football Championship Team – THS

By Liam