Darwin K. Burgher

Darwin K. Burgher, Medford Sports Hall of FameDarwin Burgher’s athletic life began at the Rupert High School in Idaho.  It was here that it became evident that a new athletic star was about to appear. Going on to the University of Idaho, he earned the nickname “Brute” and lettered in football, basketball and track in each of his college years. He also served as captain of both the football and basketball teams in 1928 and 1929.  In 1928, helped the Idaho Vandals to a co-conference championship with the University of Southern California.

Coming to Medford High in the depth of the depression years and following the great coaching regime of Prink Callison, Darwin Burgher was determined to carry on the Tiger tradition for greatness.

1930 to 1934 will always be remembered as “The Burgher Years”. In this era, his teams captured a State Championship (1933), were co-holders of the State Crown (1934), and runners up in 1932. Remembered by players and fans alike as an intelligent, intuitive and gentle person, Burgher had a special knack for getting his players to give their best.

Having won his place in the hearts of Medford fans, athletes and sports writers, Darwin returned to Idaho as head coach of the Boise High School. In his very first year there, his team, playing the typical style and grace, won the Idaho High School State Championship. From this point, Burgher was to build a dream football program, still remembered to this day as the best in Idaho history.

Darwin died young in life, leaving a history of being a good person and a great coach. A lengthy search failed to reveal any living relatives.