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.