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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. 

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Q&A with Grade 12 student Gabriel Jinich

Parker Upper School student Gabriel Jinich, Class of 2020, recently spoke to Parker School News about his award-winning mini-documentary, “Environmental Racism in Barrio Logan.”

The film, which has already garnered a second-place award at the UCLA Environmental Film Festival and a third place honor in the high school documentary division at the MyHero International Film Festival, is being streamed online today for the Earth Day premiere of the New Roads School’s Inaugural Climate Changemaker Teen Film Festival.

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New coach brings big vision to Parker Girls Basketball

Judy Spoelstra has an initial goal for girls basketball at Parker, and it’s a big one–grow the program.

Judy is the new head coach of the varsity team.

“I’m excited to be at Parker and to get the girls as excited as possible,” says Judy. “[Athletic Director] Anthony Thomas was making a strong push to rebuild the program and bring girls basketball along at Parker. I was interested because there was a lot of support.”

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Building a New Culture

Melissa Warner places high priority on support–both on and off the pitch. 

“I like the girls to have creativity on the field and to be able to support each other,” says Melissa, Varsity Girls Soccer head coach. “I want them to really learn and love the game and be able to navigate their lives through the game.” 

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