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  Ralph Graham  
    • Three sport athlete at K-State
    • Led Big-Six conference in scoring two years in a row as a fullback
    • Coached football at both Wichita State and Kansas State
      Graham, Ralph
      Inducted 1972


      Born: August 16, 1910 - El Dorado, KS

      Died: October 14, 2005 - Hesston, KS

      Graduated: El Dorado (KS) H.S., 1930; Kansas State University, 1934; M.S. – Indiana University, 1938


      One of the all-time great athletes at Kansas State University, Ralph Melvin Graham was a three-year letterman in football, basketball and tennis and won All-Big-Six Conference Honors three straight years as a fullback on the Wildcat football team.

      High School Career

      Graham was a three sport letterman (football, basketball, tennis) for three years at El Dorado (Kansas) High School.

      Graham at K-State

      Graham was the Big-Six Conference’s leading scorer in football in 1933 and 1934, finished his career as a Kansas State’s all-time leading scorer, and was a starter in the 1934 East-West Shrine Game.

      Coaching Highlights and Honors

      After graduating in 1934, Graham spent eight years at the University of Indiana as a coach for football, basketball and tennis.  He was the top assistant for Branch McCracken’s 1940 national championship basketball team.  He later became the athletic director and head football coach at Wichita State University for three years (1942, 1946, 1947) before becoming the head football coach at Kansas State University from 1948 – 50.  Graham was inducted into the K-State Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.