Established as the keystone award for former employees, the KCS Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals that have most impacted the Kingsport educational community during their careers with KCS.
The inaugural class elected to the KCS Hall of Fame includes:
Mrs. Virgealia (Jill) Ellis
Mrs. Ellis retired from KCS in 1992 after 38 years of service at Douglass High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Kingsport Adult Education. During her tenure, she served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and as a district Career Ladder program evaluator. A pillar in the community, Mrs. Ellis was recognized for her positivity, humility, and service as a role model. Mrs. Ellis was elected in the Modern Era category (retired post-1990).
Mr. Charles (Charlie) Herron
Serving as the Ross N. Robinson Middle School Band Director for 34 years, Charlie Herron retired from Kingsport City Schools in 2008. Mr. Herron is widely recognized as being a key figure in the development and excellence of the KCS band program. Known for his skill as a music educator, Herron emphasized commitment to musicianship and a willingness to work together to achieve excellence. Mr. Herron was elected in the Modern Era category (retired post-1990).