Pride alum donates $300K to Ada schools

From the Ada Evening News:

With the largest ever gift to Ada City Schools already in the bank, a challenge has been issued to Ada fans and supporters to collectively match the $300,000 donated by 1956 graduate Archie Dunham and his wife, Linda. The gift is earmarked for a proposed state-of-the-art indoor practice facility for all sports, band and any other school activity in need of practice area during inclement weather.

How big will it be? Picture this, enclose the playground/football field at Ada Junior High. It will be 90 yards long with the 20 yard line to 20 yard line area needed for band practice for haltime performances.

The “Big Top” will be located on the Ada High campus off the southwest corner of the Craig McBroom Football Complex building.

Dunham, former president and CEO of ConocoPhillips, is retired and lives in Houston with high school sweetheart, Linda Burns, class of 1958.

[…] After graduating from Ada High in 1956, Dunham became the first member of his family to attend college when he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma.

He worked his way through college, spending his summers on a highway construction crew earning $1 per hour. He also was in ROTC at OU.

In college he not only performed in the “Pride of Oklahoma” marching band, but was on the Marine Corps drill team as well.

Dunham was one of the honorary drum majors at Homecoming 2003, too!