Kingsport City Schools is accepting nominations for the 2020 class of the Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame, which will be inducted July 28. Established in 2015, the program this year will induct its sixth class after the fifth class last year. Inducted for the Class of 2019 were late teacher Grace Elmore, late band director J.S. Tilson and former Principal Earl Lovelace. They all served at Dobyns-Bennett High School and had education careers at or near 40 years.
The program honors and recognizes employees, teachers and others who 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, according to school system officials.
"KCS has a long history of excellence, and we have been blessed to have educators of exceptional passion, talent and character lead our educational efforts for the past century,” KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse said in a news release. "As we begin the process to induct our sixth class into the KCS Hall of Fame, we again want to honor those who have dedicated their lives to educating our children. Our achievements today are a direct result of those who have been a part of the history of KCS."
The KCS Hall of Fame features up to two inductees annually in each of the three categories. They are:
— “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 been retired from the district for a minimum of five years. Any former KCS employee, a teacher or non-teacher, meeting the eligibility criteria may be considered.
Nominations will be accepted through May 1. The nomination form and additional information can be found online at the Kingsport City Schools website at www.k12k.com.