The district winner of the 2014
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has announced the winners of the fourth annual SCORE Prize. The winners – three public schools and one district– were recognized for being leaders in student learning in Tennessee.
The 2014 SCORE Prize winners are:
The school winners receive $10,000 each, and the district winner receives $25,000.
Class of 1934
Ed Cifers was born on July 18, 1916 and grew up in Kingsport. He began his athletic career at Dobyns-Bennett High School where he was a four sport letterman and made All-State in football.
When he graduated in 1934 he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and played for University of Tennessee Vols. At UT he was a standout end and on three of Coach Robert Neyland’s SEC Championship teams. He lettered in 1938, 1939 and 1940. Ed played in the 1939 Orange Bowl, 1940 Rose Bowl and 1941 Sugar Bowl.
Upon graduation from UT, Ed played for the Washington Redskins, which won an NFL Championship in 1941. He finished his All-Pro career with the Chicago Bearsin 1948. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Navy where he was a Lieutenant. In the Navy he played on the Del-Monte Pre-Flight football team. He served the duration of World War II at the Norfolk Naval Base.
Ed married Catherine Daugherty and they returned to Knoxville to raise their family. He worked for Daugherty & Waters Construction Company until 1961. He joined the Hosiery Mill of Charles H. Bacon Company in Lenoir City, Tennessee and served as president until retiring in 1990.
After retirement he served on the corporate boards of Hamilton Bank and Lenoir City National Bank. Ed took particular pleasure in his membership in the Optimist Club and his service as a high school football referee. In addition, he served as president of the Quarterback Club.
Ed had three brothers, Bill, Bobby Cifers (who was 2010 DBHS Hall of Hall Inductee), George and three sisters.
He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He became a member of Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary American Team in 1965.
Throughout Ed’s business and retirement years, he took great pleasure maintaining his Kingsport connections.
Ed Cifers passed away on July 19, 2005.