PHS Alumni Honor Roll Member
Class of 1961
Terry Leonard, born on a farm near Perry, was a highly successful high school and college wrestler and then a winning Perry High School wrestling coach and longtime teacher. The son of Alfred and Alva Leonard, he attended Perry Public Schools where he played football and wrestled and was on the wrestling team that won the state tournament in Coach John Divine’s last year of coaching. He attended Lamar Junior College in Lamar, Colorado, where he was a two-time All-American and won the Junior College Nationals in 1963. There is recognition of that honor at the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater. That same year he was recruited by head wrestling coach, Grady Peninger, a Ponca City, Oklahoma, native, to attend Michigan State University on a scholarship. Leonard wrestled on the varsity team his junior and senior seasons and, despite injuries, never missed a dual. At MSU, he was a member of the Varsity “S” Letterman’s Club.
While attending Michigan State University, he met Judi Gibfried, an MSU student from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and they were married in 1965. They have two sons, Chance and wife Jo, and Jason and wife Jana. From these two marriages, they have four grandsons. Both sons graduated from Perry High School.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Michigan State in 1965, he attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond where he received his Masters in School Administration in 1967.
Terry taught history and science and coached at Perry Public Schools from 1966 to 1981. During his coaching tenure, Perry won the regional and wrestling state championships in 1980 and 1981. His honors in the athletic field include 2A Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1981, Oklahoma Coach of the Year in 1981, and All-State Coach of the Year for the North team in 1981.
After departing the educational field, Terry started Red Hawk Hot Oil, Inc., a successful oilfield service business which he later sold in 1995. Other business ventures included Sooners Corner Restaurant, Cattle Baron’s Steakhouse and later, the Perry Livestock Barn. In 1999, Terry accepted employment with Morgan Stanley Investment Firm. He underwent training and testing in New York City at the World Trade Center and became a financial advisor in Perry until 2007.
Terry enjoys life, his farm work and his friends. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and painting and he enjoys reading, especially Western history. That interest was sparked by his high school history teacher, Hump Daniels.
Terry loves and firmly believes that the small-town atmosphere of Perry is a great advantage for children growing up. That environment plus the strong school system in Perry helps kids and helped his boys learn good values.