Cecil O. Pryor
Graduated from Fredonia High School in 1925. Member of the National Honor Society and voted “Most Popular” by senior classmates. A four-year letterman in track and football. He was selected captain of the football team and chosen to the all-conference team in basketball as a senior. Set a school record in the 100-yard dash (10.1 seconds) that stood for 45 years. Held the state record in the 220-low hurdles and placed first in that event at the Kansas Relays in 1925.
Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1925. Earned three letters in football and track. Played halfback on the football team and was the team’s leading ground gainer as a senior. In track ran both the low and high hurdles. Was elected president of the “B Club” and was a member of the Zeta Chi fraternity. Graduated with a degree in biology in 1929. Earned a master’s degree in physical education from the State University of Iowa in 1939.
Began his coaching career at Corning (Kansas) High School, coaching football, basketball and track from 1929 to 1932. During these years led the football team to a combined record of 23-3-1 and the basketball team to a record of 34-18, including a visit to the school’s first ever state basketball tournament. His track team of 1931 won the Baker Relays.
In 1932 accepted a teaching and coaching position at Fredonia (Kansas) High School. Coached there until his death in 1967. Began as an assistant coach in both football and basketall and later head coach of both sports. Was the head track coach during his entire career at Fredonia.
During the years his teams won numerous district and regional titles and his individual student/athletes won dozens of individual honors and awards and set long-standing state records in track and field events.
In 1939 established the Fredonia Relays. In 1949, his team won the Kansas State Track title and in 1962, was chosen Master Teacher by the Fredonia Teachers Association.
Both the athletic field in Fredonia and a traveling trophy at the Fredonia Relays for the two-mile run event have been named in his honor and memory.
One of the original honorees inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame on March 22, 1975.
Was married to Agnes Lamoreaux and together they had two sons, Richard Dean Pryor and Billy Max Pryor.