David L. Danner American History Award

David L. Danner is a retired teacher with a career spanning thirty-seven years. He started his career at Mechanicsburg Junior High School in 1959 where he taught United States and Pennsylvania History and Civics until 1965. Mr. Danner then transferred to Cedar Cliff High School where he taught United States History, Government and Economics and English until 1989. During that time he coached football and baseball and was an advisor to Student Council and the Senior Class. His first love was United States History which was taught in eleventh grade. Class interaction and awareness of current issues was a constant goal and challenge. In 1988 he moved to Allen Middle School where he completed his career teaching United States History, retiring in 1996. 

In 1977 Mr. Danner served as Assistant Principal at Cedar Cliff for four months filling in for a medical leave. In 1981 he was appointed director of the Gifted Program at Cedar Cliff on a full time basis through 1983. In 1984 he returned to teaching half days through 1986. In 1987 Mr. Danner’s duties were expanded to include the Gifted Program at Red Land High School and this took him out of the classroom. In 1988 he returned to the classroom fulltime with the transfer to Allen Middle School. 

Mr. Danner attended Shippensburg State College where he played football and baseball and graduated in 1959. He was awarded a Master of Education degree in Social Studies from Shippensburg University in 1967. 

Over the years Mr. Danner has served as Cubmaster in New Cumberland, Pony League football coach in the Red Land football program and has four hundred hours as a volunteer at the Harrisburg Hospital. 

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  1. Graduating Senior at Cedar Cliff High School 
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 86% or higher 
  3. Plans to attend a post-secondary institution 
  4. Personal essay 1,000 words maximum 
  5. Financial need 
  6. Essay
  7. Supplemental documents. This may include a resume, letter(s) of recommendation, transcript, FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), or other scholarship-specific documents. Specific requirements are noted in the application.


  • Using historical evidence show that freedom is a deeply held American value.
  • Discuss how the American labor movement helped create a middle class. [slight wordsmithing to make it consistent]
  • Choose an important event in US history and discuss how life today might be different had it not occurred.

1,000 words maximum.

 Essays will be evaluated based on the following 4 criteria:  

  1. Depth of historical analysis 
  2. Relevance to today 
  3. Organization of analysis 
  4. Writing and mechanics  

1-3 points in each category will be assigned. A total of 12 points is available.


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