The Parker community celebrated the graduating class at commencement on June 3, 2023, welcoming the graduates as the newest alumni class. Head of Upper School Ben Temple; Head of School Kevin Yaley, Ph.D.; and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria shared meaningful words with the graduates as did valedictorian Andrew Zhou ’23 and student speaker Shea McGrath ’23. 

The 131 members of Parker’s Class of 2023 have had one of the most unique high school experiences. Their freshman year of high school was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and significantly changed their experience for the three years that followed.

You’d think that the hardship and disruption of the pandemic would be a theme woven throughout their thoughts as they reflect on their time at Parker, but the speeches given at commencement and their reflections on their time in high school barely mention the topic.

Instead, they refer to their inspiring teachers, their engaging experiences, and the world of opportunity that Parker provided them.

Congratulations again to our Class of 2023 graduates! The entire Parker community is proud of our newest alumni, and we cannot wait to stay in touch. Read more about the Class of 2023’s college and university plans here