Cory McCaffrey (SHS Class of 2008) Excellence, Personified. Cory is one of the
greatest running backs in Oregon high school history. He still holds the Oregon
records for career rushing yards (8,460) (top 20 nationally), career 100-yard games
(37), rushing touchdowns in a season (46), career rushing touchdowns (111), total
touchdowns in a career (115), and total touchdowns in a season (52). As a junior,
Cory broke the state rushing record with 3,335 yards. The Oregon Sports Awards
named Cory a Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year Finalist in 2008. As a
top student, Cory also was named the Oregonian and Gatorade State Player of the
Year, which recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, academic achievement,
and exceptional character on and off the field. Cory lead SHS to the 4A state
championship games in both his junior and senior years and ended his high school
career as the leading rusher in the Oregon Shrine Game. Cory also excelled on the
track and still holds the school records in the 100 and long jump. He was state
champion at 100 meters and as a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team, and
was runner-up in the long jump. Cory also was an active volunteer in the Sisters
and Portland communities, helping to raise thousands of dollars for Hurricane
Katrina relief and the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Cory continued his
athletic career at Portland State University, where he turned in one of the best
seasons by a running back in PSU history and became a first team All-Conference
performer and All-American candidate. His Portland State coach described Cory
as “The Best.”