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Renfro , Raye
The late Raye Renfro was one of the greatest high school athletes to ever compete in Oregon. He was an awesome package of power, speed and heart on the football field. Raye was a key player in the undefeated 1957 team that was voted co-national high school champions, and was the offensive running power base for the 1958 Jefferson High School (Portland) state AAA football championship team that has been called the greatest high school football team in Oregon history. The 1958 team was at the time known as the "point a minute" team because of its prolific scoring capabilities. The 1958 team won the national high school champion voting outright. During the 1958 season Raye rushed for 1,401 yards, had a 9.7 yards per carry average and scored 29 touchdowns, and 175 points. The team scored a season total 512 points while holding opponents to a combined 51 points. Raye also competed in track and field at Jefferson High School, and was an outstanding sprinter, hurdler and long jumper. In 1959, he was the state AAA 100-yard dash champion. Raye later played football at Columbia Basin junior college,and Portland State University in 1962 before playing runningback and cornerback for the Portland Thunderbirds of the Pacific Professional Football League that lasted from 1964 to 1966. He is an older brother of NFL Hall of Fame great Mel Renfro, and was preceded by his brothers Dallas and Jim at Jefferson High School where the Renfro sports tradition still echoes from the past.