DUANE PURVIS (Deceased)
Inducted: April 30, 1977 in South Bend, IN
Date of Birth: November 13, 1912 in Sullivan, IL
High School Attended: Mattoon, IL Graduated: 1931
High School Honors: Captain All-State football team 1930; National Interscholastic Javelin Champion 1931; All-State Interscholastic Javelin Champion 1931.
College Attended: Purdue University Graduated: 1935
College Honors: All-State football 1932, 1933, 1934; All-Conference Big 10 1932-1934; All-American 1933, 1934; Outstanding Athlete Big 10 1933; Purdue Most Valuable Player 1934; won halfback poll for Chicago Tribune All-Star game 1935; played in Shrine East-West game 1935; in track - State Javelin Champion 1933, 1934, 1935; state record 1935; Big Ten Javelin Champion 1933; Big 10 All-Conference Track Team 1933-1934; All-American Track Team 1933; National Intercollegiate Javelin Champion 1933.
Coaching Experience: Assistant coach at Purdue 1938-1941; coached at Isaac C. Elston HS, Michigan City; assistant coach at Purdue 1946-1947.
Outstanding Players Coached: Abe Gibron, former pro and head coach of Chicago Bears; John McKay (USAAF) San Marcos, TX, who later became head coach at University of Southern California.
Coach Purvis passed away March 18, 1989.