SHS Announces 2013 HOF Inductees

Seneca High School is proud to announce the Fifth Class of the Athletic Hall

of Fame.


Hall of Fame Night

Friday, September 13, 2013

Seneca vs. Westside Football Game (Ceremony will be held at halftime)


The 2013 five member class includes contributor Dean Davis (posthumously),

coach Tim Howard (posthumously), athletes Dennis Hughes, Caroline Rochester

Kalchthaler, and Debra Roper.


Dean Davis attended Bountyland School and graduated from Seneca High School

in 1940. He loved sports and played football for the Bobcats and ran track.

In 1941-42 he was on the Clemson football team. In 1942, he, along with

thousands of others, went to war. He fought with the Big Red 1 in North

Africa, Sicily, and Italy. After returning home, he went back to Clemson

University and graduated in 1948 with a degree in agronomy. Dean taught

school at Keowee High School and farmed. He was a leader in Richland

Presbyterian Church, The Grange and other civic organizations including

American Legion, the Lions Club, and Boy Scouts. He also coached little

league baseball for a number of years. Dean loved Seneca High School, was a

Bobcat Booster and operated the score board for home Seneca football games

from the 1960’s through the 1992 season. Dean never missed a home game.

While attending Seneca High School, Coach Tim Howard played baseball and

lettered in track. He graduated in 1969 and then attended Mars Hill College

earning a teaching degree. He later attended Clemson University and earned

a Masters of Administration degree. Coach Howard taught at Utica

Elementary, and Seneca Middle School. While teaching at Seneca Middle

School he was named Teacher of the Year in 1981-82. He coached various

sports including varsity football, JV football, golf, tennis, varsity

basketball, middle school basketball, and Legion baseball at Seneca Middle

and Seneca High from 1973 to 1998. He was Athletic Director for Seneca

Middle School and coached in the 1996 State Football Championship game.

Coach Howard coached at Seneca High School until his retirement. The

gymnasium at Seneca Middle School was named Tim Howard Gym in 2002.


Dennis Hughes graduated from Seneca High School in 1966. He lettered in

football (3), track (4,) and baseball (3). In 1965 Dennis was named

All-Conference and All-State in football and All-Conference in track. The

following year he was All-Conference and All-State in track. Upon

completion of high school Dennis signed a football scholarship with the

University of Georgia where he was awarded one of only eight scholarships

offered. He was All SEC Freshman Team in 1966, led the SEC in yards per

reception in 1967, and was All SEC in 1968. Dennis played professional

football for five years with the Pittsburg Steelers, Houston Oilers,

Jacksonville Sharks, and Jacksonville Express. In 1976 he returned to his

alma mater as an Undergrad Assistant coach at the University of Georgia. In

1978 he coached at East Carolina University, and then in 1980 volunteered at

Clark Central High School (GA) for 20 years.


Caroline Rochester Kalchthaler graduated from Seneca High School in 1999.

While competing athletically at Seneca High School, Caroline earned 15

varsity letters in softball (6), volleyball (6), and basketball (3). She

was selected All-Region nine times, softball All-State two times, MVP for

volleyball two times, and MVP for softball two times as Best Defensive

player and Most Offensive player. Caroline was named North/South All Star

1999 for softball, 1999 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, 1999Tommy Shaver

Award, and as a senior lead softball and basketball teams to state

championships. Following high school, Caroline attended Anderson University

where she played softball and was named All Conference two times and Most

Offensive Player. She had hitting records for the conference and nationally

while at Anderson University and was 2nd in the nation for Hardest to Strike

Out for 2 years in Division II.


Debra Roper graduated from Seneca High School in 1976 and lettered in three

sports while in high school. She played basketball, tennis, and volleyball.

In basketball, Debra was awarded the Captains Award in 1975 and 1977, was

the Best Defensive Player in 1975, had the best free throw percentage in

1974, was named All-County in 1975 and 1976, All-Region in 1974 and 1975,

and All-State in 1975. In 1976, Debra was named the team Most Valuable

Player in tennis and volleyball. After high school Debra went to

Appalachian State (1976-1980) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in

Physical Education. In 1982 she earned a Master of Religious Education at

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and in 1999 earned a Master of Art;

Health & Exercise Science degree from Furman University. She was named

Teacher of the Year at Greenview Elementary School in Greenville, South

Carolina for the 2000-2001 school-year. Debra has National Board

Certification in Physical Education and is currently teaching physical

education at Thomas E. Kerns Elementary in Greenville.