James H. Conger ( Teacher / Principal / Superintendent / Coach 1926-1940 )
Head Football Coach at Purcell from 1926-1928 and from 1930-1939 ( 100 - 34 - 11 ) (72.76%). Still the winningest Head Football Coach ever in the tradition-laden Purcell High School Football Program
Served as Principal of Purcell High School ( 1927 - 1930 )
Served as Superintendent of Purcell Schools from ( 1930 - 1940 )
Coach Conger is the 3rd winningest PHS Head Basketball Coach in history ( 120 - 67 ) (64.17%)
Coach Conger was also the PHS Head Track Coach winning 2 State Championships (1936 & 1937)
Conger Field in Purcell was named in his honor when it opened in 1938
While at Purcell, Conger was known as one of the most innovative offensive minds in Oklahoma High School Football History. He was instrumental in the introduction of the T-formation to Oklahoma High School Football.
Conger left Purcell in 1941 to become an Assistant Football Coach, Head Basketball Coach, and Head Track Coach at McMurry College in Abilene, TX
After returning to Oklahoma, Coach Conger also introduced the T-formation at Oklahoma City's Big Three Football Powerhouse Schools. He did this while serving as Head Football Coach at OKC Capitol Hill, at OKC Classen, and also as an Assistant Coach at the now-defunct OKC Central High School
Coach Conger retired from coaching at OKC Classen in 1953, but continued to teach as a faculty member at both OKC Classen and OKC Northwest Classen for many years, where he taught math and physics
Conger was inducted as a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in August, 1981. In failing health at the time, he was able to come back to Purcell and observe one final PHS football game on the field named in his honor during the 1981 season.
Coach Conger died in November of 1981