D. Stanley Parker '68

  • 2016 Induction Class
D. Stanley Parker '68

Stan started at CHA as a 3rd-grade student in 1958, graduated in 1968, attended and graduated from Roanoke College in 1972, and returned to CHA in the fall of 1973 to teach history. In his 43 years at CHA, Stan was a teacher, coach, dean of students, athletic director, and dean of faculty, but he was also a mentor to hundreds of students and families throughout his years at school. 

Stan coached basketball and football, but his true passion was baseball and it is here that he will leave his legacy. He was the head varsity baseball coach for 23 years, amassing 313 wins, an Inter-Ac title in 2007 as well as “Team of the Year” honors from the Philadelphia Inquirer that same year. His teams competed in the Independent School semifinals several times as well as the finals, and he coached over 60 All-Inter-Ac recipients, 30 Daily News All-City Honorees, and had numerous student-athletes play collegiately at both the Division I and III levels. He led hundreds of young men to Florida every spring break to give them the opportunity to experience what has become a baseball tradition for many high school programs throughout the country. They traveled as a team to bond together in Florida, while getting their baseball arms and legs ready for the upcoming season. Florida was an annual trip that Stan, his coaches, the players, and their families looked forward to every spring. Stan’s passion and involvement in baseball were not limited to CHA. He was called a “moving force and major organizer for Philadelphia’s Carpenter Cup,” which is a yearly tournament run by the Philadelphia Phillies that benefits hundreds of area high school players and gives them exposure to college coaches and pro scouts. According to Phillies chairman David Montgomery, “Stan’s a very passionate guy about the game of baseball. He cares so much about other people, something he has demonstrated all those years coaching and teaching.” And as former CHA Headmaster Gerrit M. Keator said, “Stan was the epitome of the independent school faculty member as a teacher and coach and as a trusted adviser to hundreds of students. He was a noble colleague in a noble profession.”  

And in the words of Coach Parker: “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is left.”

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