Stephen Cooper named next head coach of Parker Football

Linda Vista, Calif. – Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper has been selected as the next head football coach at Francis Parker School, the School announced Monday.

Stephen comes to Parker after spending four seasons as a linebackers and defensive coach at San Diego High School, where he helped the Cavers win both a CIF championship and a Division 5-A state title in 2018. He has also been active in youth football for the past decade––formerly as a coach with the Balboa Raiders Youth Football and Cheer organization and currently with the San Diego Bolts in Grossmont.

A Shifting Landscape

College Counseling at Francis Parker School is more than just a place for students to apply for college during their senior year. In fact, the application process is only the final step in a journey of self-discovery for Parker juniors and seniors.

Parker receives full accreditation status

It is with great pride that I write to you today to inform you that Parker has been granted the maximum seven-year status of accreditation by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Heather Gray named Parker’s next Head of Lower School

Longtime Parker educator Heather Gray has been named the School’s next Head of Lower School. Heather will be the first to hold the title of the Dr. Robert Gillingham Head of Lower School, which was established upon Bob Gillingham’s recent retirement from Parker after serving as Head of Lower School for 29 of his 44 total years at the School. 

Ben Temple named Parker's next Head of Upper School

Ben Temple has been named the School’s next Head of Upper School. He will begin his new role in July 2021. Ben has been the Head of Upper School at the Collegiate School in New York since 2015, where he is responsible for all aspects of the Upper School program and supervises 225 students, more than 50 faculty, and eight department heads.

Learning to Build Bridges Across Viewpoints

Guided by shared goals and norms, Parker students in grades JK through 12 are engaging in a curriculum intended to spark honest, candid, and critical conversations. 

The Common Ideal of Character was created to foster civil dialogue in the Parker community as the country at-large prepares for the 2020 Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 3. Understanding that Parker community members have a diverse set of beliefs, values, and experiences, the School set out to provide opportunities to build skills for constructive conversations that strengthen bonds, rather than divide, especially as an election approaches.

Lancers for Equity and Justice Action Plan provides a framework for change

“We walk boldly and humbly toward a racially just future where each one of us feels like we belong in the Parker community,” Head of School Kevin Yaley writes in his Letter to the Parker Community included in the initial version of the Lancers for Equity & Justice Action Plan. 

The plan, created in July, is an evolving framework for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) work at Parker. “Francis Parker School is launching Version 1.0 of the Lancers for Equity & Justice Action Plan with the understanding that the Plan will operate in a perpetual state of growth, development, and iteration,” states the plan mission.

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Stephen Cooper named next Parker Football head coach

Stephen Cooper named next Parker Football head coach

Linda Vista, Calif. – Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper has been selected as the next head football coach at Francis Parker School, the School announced Monday. 

Stephen comes to Parker after spending four seasons as a linebackers and defensive coach at San Diego High School, where he helped the Cavers win both a CIF championship and a Division 5-A state title in 2018. He has also been active in youth football for the past decade––formerly as a coach with the Balboa Raiders Youth Football and Cheer organization and currently with the San Diego Bolts in Grossmont. 

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Art at Heart

Art at Heart

Entering Alan Johnson’s art studio was a welcomed reprieve from the daily academic rigors experienced by all Parker students. 

The double doors were always wide open to a room both bright and welcoming. It was a space to find inspiration––to create. 

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A Shifting Landscape

A Shifting Landscape

College Counseling at Francis Parker School is more than just a place for students to apply for college during their senior year. In fact, the application process is only the final step in a journey of self-discovery for Parker juniors and seniors.

read more

Korematsu Interviews

To coincide with Fred Korematsu Day, celebrated every January 30 in the State of California, Parker student Sophia Epley, Class of 2021, conducted several interviews with people close to the late Korematsu.

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Learning about intolerance, virtually

Learning about intolerance, virtually

When you cannot go to the museum, bring the museum to you. 

On Monday, Grade 8 students in their advisory class joined tour guides online for a virtual field trip to the Museum of Tolerance, a multimedia museum in Los Angeles that examines racism and prejudice around the world.

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