Class of 2005
In practically every sense of the word, William Howard (Rip) Swanner, was Tanner High School.
A life-long resident of the Tanner community and 1955 graduate from Tanner High, he was an avid supporter of the football, baseball, and youth programs at the high school and in the community.
Swanner served as a volunteer football coach for twelve different head football coaches at Tanner. His dedication to the Tanner athletic programs and the hundreds of student athletes over the years earned him the respect of the entire Tanner community, Limestone County and many others across the State of Alabama.
Swanner's commitment to the Tanner football program helped every head coach, football player and football fan enjoy being associated with the program. He served as a dedicated volunteer by keeping the facilities, grounds, baseball fields, football fields and the Rip Swanner Stadium in immaculate condition making it one of the finest playing fields in North Alabama.
He served as the vice-president of the Tanner Quarterback Club for many years and was instrumental in the continued success of the Tanner Quarterback Club's annual tractor and truck pull.
Swanner not only dedicated his time and energy into programs at Tanner, but also demonstrated his concern for the welfare of every student and student athlete by providing transportation and much needed financial assistance for many children of all ages to participate in the Tanner youth sports program.
During his tenure as a volunteer coach, Swanner coached youth baseball and peewee football where he also served as a referee. In 1975, Swanner took his team to Georgia to play in the Dixie Youth World Series, bringing back a third place finish to Limestone County.
Swanner represented Tanner High at every sporting event with class and was an outstanding citizen who represented the school and Limestone County in an exemplary manner. His Christian leadership gained him the respect of adults and student alike through his love for children, sports and Tanner High School.