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1990 - 1999

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1999


Paul Brewster, Chick Granning, Jim McNamee, Ron Taylor

Paul Brewster: Paul was an Oak Ridge High School Football Assistant Head Coach: 1969 - 1980; Defensive Coordinator: He was one-half of a pair of terrific player's coaches (Brewster/Graning). The Wildcats dominated the state of Tennessee in the mid-to-late 1970's. Between 1974 - 1980 Oak Ridge captured 3 state Class AAA championships (1975-79-80). During that time Oak Ridge won 77 games, losing just 7; their worst defeat in those years was by only seven points. Opponents of O.R.H.S. would think this duo along with Head Coach Hale as having three head coaches.

Chick Granning: Chick was an Oak Ridge High School Football Assistant Coach: 1974 - 1980; Offensive Coordinator. He was one-half of a pair of terrific player's coaches (Brewster/Graning). The Wildcats dominated the state of Tennessee in the mid-to-late 1970's. Between 1974 - 1980 Oak Ridge captured 3 state Class AAA championships (1975-79-80); Graning coached the offensive line. During that time Oak Ridge won 77 games, losing just 7; their worst defeat in those years was by only seven points. Opponents of O.R.H.S. would think this duo along with Head Coach Hale as having three head coaches.

Jim McNamee: Jim coached ORHS Track (1978 - 1995) and Cross Country (1978 - 2004). Cross-Country: Boys State Champs (5 years); Runners-up (3 years); Girls State Champs (3 years); Runners-up (7 years). Boys Regional Champs (8 years); Girls Regional Champs (7 years). Region Coach of the Year (15 times); State Coach of the Year (8 times); Southeastern Coach of the Year (3 times). Track; Girl's State Charnps (1 time); Girl's State Runners-up (3 times); Boys Region Champs (6 times); Girls' Region Champs (6 times). Boys' District Champs (6 times). Girls' District Champs (7 Times).

Ron Taylor: Ron was ORHS Captain of the 1952 State Track Championship Team. In 1953 he led the cross country team to second place in the state. Top 880 yard runner in Tennessee - 1953; repeat as state champs in track & field. College: UT -- Captain of SEC championship cross country team. After college: assistant coach to Wildcat coach Ben Martin in 1957 & 58--State Champs.


1998


Fay Martin, Jill Pruden, Dick Truitt, Eugene Williams

Fay Martin: Fay is ne of the south's top age-group tennis players. She is a perennial champion in the senior games at both the state and national levels. Known for her tennis exploits since moving to Oak Ridge in 1964, she is currently ranked #1 (year 1998) in Tennessee in 55 singles play, #6 in the southern region and 27th in the nation in 60s singles. She was a gold medallist at the 1993 National Senior Games. Member of Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.

Jill Pruden: Jill was ORHS Girls Basketball Coach for the past nineteen years with an impeccable career. As of this date her teams have won 546 games and lost just 95 (winning percentage of .852). Her teams have won state Class AAA championships in 1988, 1994 and 1997 and have been state runner-up five times. In the last 19 seasons, Oak Ridge has made 14 state tournament appearances, won 15 regional titles and 16 district championships. In the not-to-distant future, Prudden could move into the national top 10 list for most wins by a girls' high school basketball coach.

Dick Truitt: Dick was an All-State power running fullback for ORHS. In Truitt's senior season (1961) he contributed to Jack Annstrong's team winning the state championship. The big rivalry at that time was Chattanooga Central and Truitt scored three touchdowns in a 26-7 win over Central (first time OR had beaten them at their home field; after that Central never played OR again). Truitt has been a respected official for 29 years refereeing 35 state play-off games and 2 championship games. He has also worked tirelessly as an official in the youth leagues.

Eugene Williams: Eugene was a standout sidearm pitcher & 3rd baseman in Negro League Baseball; after 3 years (early 1950's) with the Oak Ridge Bombers. Gene signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and later traded to the Chicago White Sox. After an arm injury ended his major league career he played 3 years with the Birmingham Barons. Barnstorming through the south as a league All Star, he played with such greats as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Satchel Paige.


1997

Dee Kress, Doug Martin, Mindy Gehrs



Mindy Gehrs: Mindy, a swimmer since age seven, Gehrs became a standout high school and college swimmer. Early in her career, she won numerous honors and high-point awards. She was a member of two Junior National Teams; also a four-time U.S. Swimming, Inc. All-American. Mindy won four state titles in high school and helped ORHS to a state championship as a senior. At the Univ. of Michigan, she set three Big 10 records and was named Swimmer ofthe Year and Female Athlete of the Year. She was named All Big Ten four years and was a six-time individual All-American. After her senior year, Gehrs received the Big Ten Medal of Honor as the top graduating female athlete

Dee Kress: Dee organized (Church/City League) Intermediate & Junior Girls Slow Pitch Softball: 1972. Organized Mite Girls Basketball (10 & under): 1972. Assisted in the organization of Women's Softball & Basketball Leagues: 1962. Assisted in the organization of Master's League Softball: 1975-- and the Co-ed Softball: 1989. Coach (Girls, Women & Co-ed) and Participant in Softball: 1967 - 1995. Coach (Girls) and Participant in Basketball: 1967 - 1981. One time Dee's Girl's Softball Intermediate team went undefeated locally for four years. She received the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Awards for contribution to the City of Oak Ridge in the years 1973 and 1980.

Doug Martin: Doug was quarterback for Oak Ridge High School in 1979 and 1980; won two state championships. The 1980 team finished 13 - 0; first Oak Ridge football team to have an unbeaten season. The O.R. Wildcats went 26 - 1 during his final two seasons. Starting quarterback for Kentucky (knee injury during sophomore season ended his starting position); was backup final two seasons. Offensive coordinator at East Tenn. State Univ., East Carolina Univ. and Kent State. In 2004 was named head coach at Kent State.


1996



Karol Davidson, Gene Gardner

Karol Davidson: Karol was ORHS Cross Country, Track & Field. Individual state CC Championship -1981; team CC championship -1982. State 880-yd. mile, & high jump championship-1983. National High School All-American in Track & Field -1983 & Hertz Athlete of the Year -1983. National Jr. Olympics Championship in 800m and 1500m in 1982. University of Tennessee: 4 x 800m team set collegiate record that still stands today; NCAA champion 4 x 800 m. University of Texas: UT & SWC record in 800m, second all time in Big 12 Conference in 800m, SWC 800m individual champion for 3 years; NCAA indoor champion 1000m -1986; NCAA indoor 800m champion -1988. Member of NCAA Women's Championship team 1986 & 1988 (indoor) and 1986 (outdoor). American & Collegiate record 1600 Sprint Medley Relay Team - 1988. All American indoor and outdoor Track & Field, 1986, 1987, 1988.

Gene Gardner: Gene was a three sport letterman in Junior High and High School at Oak Ridge (FB, BB, TK). Captain of OR's first State Championship Team: Track, 1952. Four year letterman at U.T. (track & cross country), Captain of both teams his senior year. Commissioned in USAF upon graduation, served 28 years, retiring as Colonel. Highest decoration: Legion of Merit. Served in Vietnam, Turkey, and other overseas locations. Highest position: Base Commander.


1995

Dean Nichols, Kenny Campbell, Jennifer Azzi



Jennifer Azzi: A 1986 ORHS graduate, Azzi has emerged as one ofthe all-time great women's basketball players. After a storied career at ORHS, she led Stanford to the NCAA national championship. She played in the Pan Am Games in 1994 and will play with the 1996 U.S. women's Olympic team. Kodak All-American team in 1989 only junior selected that year --and again in 1990. NCAA Final Four MVP in 1990; also received the Naismith National Player ofthe Year Award. Professional leagues in Europe (Italy, France, Sweden) Oct. 1996 will be playing for the newly formed Women's American Basketball League. She is a spokeswoman for Reebok. Added notefor 1996: Jennifer has a gold medalfrom the Olympic team. City of Oak Ridge honored her (Aug. 1996) with a city wide party. At that time the Hall ofFame presented her with her local award as she was unable to attend the 1995 induction ceremony.

Kenny Campbell: Kenny was a member of 1961 and 1963 ORHS state championship basketball teams. Scored 29 points in the 1963 state championship game; member of the 1963 ORHS state championship tennis team. Played basketball and tennis at Vanderbilt; member of Vanderbilt's 1965 SEC basketball championship team. Scored 31 points in final game of career (against Pete Maravich, who is number 23 in photograph). Has won numerous Tennessee state senior tennis championships.

Dean Nichols: Dean Led the ORHS football team to its' first state championship under the championship format in 1975. Nichols was considered one of the best option quarterbacks in Tennessee Prep history. At ORHS he directed the team to a 12 --1 record in 1995 and a 46 -- 22 win over Nashville Maplewood in the title game. He was All State selection in 1976. A starter for three years on the baseball and basketball teams. Played college football at Memphis State.


1994



Ben Bailey, Len Hart, Nelson Stephens


Ben Bailey: Ben was a Baseball Coach for Youth and Adult: 1955 - 1961; 1963 - 1987; 1995 - 2003. Basketball Coach for Church/City Youth League 1965 - 1980; ORHS Baseball Pitching Coach: 1971 - 1976; 1979 - 1986; Co-organized the 9 - 14 age competitive baseball league to assist in development of advanced baseball skills in O.R. youth.

Len Hart: Len Accomplished Bowler: Oak Ridge Bowling Hall of Fame. Assisted in organizing & coaching Tots & Teens Bowling League: 1952-1956. 2nd in State Tournament: 1948; 1st in State Singles: 1961; Volunteer with Boys Club and ORHS Football programs.

Nelson Stephens: Nelson was a Volunteer coach for Oak Ridge Boys Club and Church League Basketball. Boys Club Pee Wee: Football, 1969 - 1974; championship with 5 different teams baseball league. - tournament champions, 1972 Church League; Boys basketball - midgets, juniors, and seniors , 1967 - 1974; Girls basketball - midgets, 1971 - 1975; Several championships in all divisions.


1993


Stan Fritts, Bob Smith


Stan Fritts: A star tailback and kicker for ORHS, Fritts signed a scholarship with Murray State upon graduation, but transferred to North Carolina State his sophomore year when a young coach by the name of Lou Holtz took over the program. He set an Atlantic Coast Conference scoring record with 256 points and rushed for 1,169 yards as a senior. Fritts was named second team All-American as the Wolfpack ended the season ranked ninth nationally. After college, he played two years with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals In his brief stint with the Bengals he showed signs of promise with 11 touchdowns as a rookie in 1975. A knee injury ended his career in 1976. Fritts was also a 3-year letterman on the ORHS baseball team.

Bob Smith : Equipment Manager for ORHS Football, 1977 - 1997 (setting up communication systems and handling equipment problems); Oak Ridge Baseball Association, 1963 - 1977. Volunteer coach: baseball (Senior League); Boys Club (football, basketball; baseball).2002 George L. Hunter Distinquished Community Service Award.


1992


George Babb, Thomas Chilton, Ira Green, Otis Howard


George Babb: Charter member of the Oak Ridge Football Officials Association during the years of 1945 - 1985. He officiated more than 750 football games. Not only did he officiate TSSAA games, he also served as a collegiate official with the Ohio Valley Conference. George was cited by TSSAA for his outstanding contributions. Volunteered his services for youth activities.

Thomas Chilton: ORHS Track and Golf teams; College Level 1950- 1964; National and International Competition 1964 - 1978; Member of Tennessee Teck Sports Hall of Fame; Member U.S. Track Team 1968, 69, and 77. Member U.S. Olympic Training Team 1968; Sunbelt Golf Coach of the Year 1982; Knoxville Track Club Athlete of the Year 1977.

Ira Green: Coach Green turned the Men's Basketball Program into an area power. Guided the Wildcats to state championships in 1961 and 1963. His 10 year record of 215 -- 68 ranks as the best in school history. After leaving ORHS while coaching in Dumas, Arkansas, his team won another state championship. He later coached at Southern Arkansas University for 11 years.

Otis Howard: Outstanding ORHS Basketball star during the 70's and nicknamed the "Big O". He holds the single-game scoling record for the Wildcats with 46 points made in 1974. Howard later played for Austin Peay and was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year honoree. He was a second-round pick ofthe NBA's Milwaukee Bucks in 1973 and was later traded to Detroit. The remainder of his career was spent in Rimini, Italy, where he averaged 30 points and 18 rebounds per go,me during his first season,


1991


Don Bordinger, Emory Hale, John Crews, MD, Mike Silvermanith


Don Bordinger: Bordinger joined the ORHS football coaching staff in 1955 and helped guide the Wildcats to four state titles under head coach Jack Armstrong. He established a golf team and was responsible for getting the girls basketball program at ORHS. During his high school career in Pennsylvania, he was a state champion in the discus and was a heavyweight boxing champion for three years; also a member of a state championship football team. At UT he was a member of their 1951 national championship team.

Emory Hale: ORHS Head Football Coach, 1969 - 1980. Win- Loss Record: 112-23. Three State Championships: 1975 - 1979 - 1980 (Class AAA). "The Big E" and his teams won an amazing 83% of those games played from 1969 - 1980 Those teams were known for their outstanding execution and ability to beat physically superior teams.

John Crews, MD: TN Swimming Hall of Fame - 1984; his competitive swimming career started as a high school freestyler in Knoxville. Went on to swim for U.T. (1938-39) and was headed for the Olympic Trials when the 1940 games were cancelled due to WWII. Dr. Crews co-founded the Masters Swim Club and helped establish the OR Boys Club. He won 55 national & international championships; named All-American 11 times and in 1989 set three world records in the Pan Pacifies, ORHS team physician 1947 - 1961. Charter member OR Country Club.

Mike Silvermanith: With fellow inductee, Roy Towns, tested the new courts at Jackson Square - 1944. TN Sr. Olympics: 1990 - 3 gold medals, 2 silver; 1991 - 6 gold medals, 2 silver, 1 bronze. Championships: Blacksher (8 times); TN State Singles (6 times); OR City - 1950; Rankings: #4 in Southern (60s), Highest Nat'l - #28 in singles & #13 in doubles -1991; Founding member of OR Tennis Club & Plant League-1944: Responsible for naming the Blacksher Tournament.


1990



Bobby Hopkins, Bob Linman, Winston Russell, Bobbe Smith


Bobby Hopkins: ORHS three-sport letterman (1951-55); baseball team captain U.T. Athletic Scholarship. TSSAA referee/umpire for basketball, football and baseball; Coached city and church league basketball and softball; President Oak Ridge Baseball Officials Association; Oak Ridge baseball field named, "Bobby Hopkins Park" in his honor.

Bob Lipman: An active member of the community for several years, Lipman managed one or more softball teams for more than 30 years. He was an active volunteer in the Boys Club program and member of their Board. As chairman of Building and Grounds Committee, he planned and supervised construction and maintenance of athletic fields. Lipman was honored by the Boys Club many times and one of those honors was the "Man and Boy Award", their highest award.

Winston Russell: Member of ORHS Track & Field teams that won 3 State Championships, 1956-57-58. Member of University of Tennessee Track & Field teams, 1962-63-64, Captain of the 1964 teams (U. T.) that won SEC Indoor & Outdoor Championships. He set 9 U.T. Track & Field Records. RJHS (Oak Ridge) Head Football Coach, 1966 - 1988 and RJHS Head Track & Field coacm 1966 - 1994. ORHS Assistant Football Coach, 1989 - 2002. Team won the State Football Championship - 1991. ORHS Assistant Track & Field Coach, 1995 - present.

Bobbe Smith: Taught physical education at Jefferson Jr. High from early 1950's to early 70's. American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor from 1950 - present and ARC Water Safety Instructor Trainer in 1980's 1990's. Worked with ACAC in 1970's. Coached Swimmin Wimmin from late 1970's 'til present (2004). Held every office in Oak Ridge Masters Swim Club from 1973 to 1985. Co-authored book on Masters Swimming "Not Afraid to Wade" - 1980.