Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Coﬃn Sports Complex, Tahoma, and Teacher's Quarters
Coffin Sports Complex was built in 1981. It has an Olympic-size swimming pool, racket ball courts and basketball court. It currently is the home for the American Indian Athletics Hall of Fame. Coffin Complex is named after Tony Coffin, Prairie Band Potawatomi. In 1945, he was Haskellís head football coach and later became the Athletic Director. His son, Doug Coffin, designed the “Medicine Wheel Totem Pole” displayed in front of the Coffin Complex.
The Tinker building under the south section of the Football stadium was built in 1950 as a 136-unit dormitory. Tinker was named after Major General Clarence Tinker, Osage. He was the only Indian ever to achieve this rank in the armed forces. He attended Haskell from 1900 (age 13) to 1906 (age 19).
The new 42-bed hospital was built in 1906. Tahoma is the original form of the word Tacoma. Tahoma building was razed in 1980.
Teacherís Quarters building was located south of Coffin Sports Complex. It was built in 1886 by Haskell Institute vocational trades students for use as a hospital and later converted to employee housing. It was razed in 1961.
Designed by Doug Coffin
Haskell Indian Junior College
May 13, 1993
In memory of Tony Coffin
Haskell Faculty, Staff & Students
Erected by Haskell Indian Nations University.
Location. 38° 56.37′ N, 95° 13.769′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is on Indian Avenue west of East Perimeter Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker and buildings are on the Haskell University campus. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrence KS 66046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hiawatha Hall (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tecumseh Hall (about 700 feet away); Haskell Celebration 1926 (about 700 feet away); Haskell Stadium Memorial Arch (about 800 feet away); Haskell Bandstand/Gazebo (about 800 feet away); Haskell Indian Nations University (about 800 feet away); The Original Bandstand (about 800 feet away); Haskell Indian Nations University Timeline (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
Also see . . . Haskell Indian Nations University. (Submitted on September 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Education • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Sports •
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