Eugene Oliver Chapman
Eugene Chapman, a native of Conway Springs, Kansas moved to Oklahoma at a young age and attended Pond Creek High School. He attended Connors from 1939 to 1941. He played football for Connors alongside his brother, Merle. He attended Oklahoma City University on a football scholarship graduating in 1943 and obtained a Master of Administration degree at Oklahoma University in 1953. He began his teaching and coaching career at Ringling, Oklahoma in 1947 and was a Principal and coach for 38 years in the Oklahoma City area. He has been a positive influence on thousands of young people in the Oklahoma City area. He has been a positive influence on thousands of young people in Oklahoma City and throughout Oklahoma for many years. In 1982, he was awarded the Vice Principal of the Year at Taft Jr. High School in Oklahoma City.
He was a renowned boxer having won State High School Championships in 1938 and 1939, being undefeated in 1938. He competed in the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Chicago in 1939.He took over as boxing coach at Connors when Merle graduated and organized an intramural boxing program after building a boxing ring in the gymnasium. Connors competed in the Northeast & Northwest Golden Gloves tournaments. He won both tournaments at 135 lbs. and 160 lbs. respectively. He also won the Oklahoma Golden Gloves championship at 147 lbs. and the Hutchinson State Golden Gloves championship in Kansas at 175 lbs. While serving in World War II, he boxed for the U.S. Navy team at Hutchinson, Kansas and was a physical trainer for aircraft crews. He coached the Champion Boxing Team at Franklin Jr. High in Oklahoma City in 1952. Eugene and his wife, Dixie, have three children.
Eugene was inducted on April 25, 2009.