Hall of Fame

Parsippany High School
HALL OF FAME

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Current Hall of Fame


2021 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:


Walter Blueler

Walter Blueler started working as a Social Worker at Parsippany High School in 1980, and he began coaching Track and Field and Cross Country in 1988.  As a School Psychologist, Walter was hands-on, passionate and added a personal touch to his job.  He worked closely with his Child Study counterparts to help families and students find success in school and beyond, making personal connections and thinking outside of the box to make a difference.  As a coach, “Blueler” was beloved by his student-athletes and his fellow coaches. His big personality and bigger heart endeared him to everyone who encountered him.  Needless to say, he had an amazing career as a coach and his teams and athletes earned many accolades and records.  Boys and Girls Team Championships include 5 Conference Titles, 2 Morris County Titles, 3 State Sectional Titles and 2 State Group Titles.  He also coached many athletes to multiple individual honors including four Meet of Champion placers (2 MOC Champs) and two still-standing Morris County Records (4x200 Relay and 300m Dash).  Blueler was also instrumental in helping his athletes get into impressive colleges and placed 20+ of them onto NCAA Track & Field teams.  For his dedication and talent as a coach, he was named the 1999 NFICA Coach of the Year for Cross Country and the 2004 Star Ledger and Daily Record Coach of the Year for Winter Track.  His 2014 Team won an Outstanding Achievement Award from Parsippany Troy-Hills for winning the NJAC Conference. Blueler retired from education in 2014 and received the Lakeland Hills YMCA Educator of the Year Award.


Jabari Jackson ‘10
Jabari graduated from Par High in 2010 and Rowan in 2014 before receiving his Masters at Grand Canyon University. He competed at Basketball and Track & Field at PHS and continued his running career at Rowan. Jabari possesses a love for community service and social activism and founded Respect My Life Foundation (RML) in 2018. Based out of New Jersey, the organization was created to use educational and extracurricular activities to foster positive change in our communities. RML focuses on enriching the minds of people to encourage them to live out their purpose. The foundation hosts event throughout the year to empower people to seek positive outlets to live their best life. This movement does not discriminate from anyone of a certain race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or occupation. Instead it is a movement that encourages people to respect each other’s differences to allow us to live our lives with freedom. Jabari is a terrific speaker and an even better human being. He puts his words into action, working in the community (and often with PHS) to help others in need through PB&J Drives, Toy Drives, Food/Water Drives, Backpack Drives, Charity Walks, Mentoring, Coaching, etc… Jabari believes in positivity, equality, action, peace and love. To this end, he organized the hugely successful and impactful Parsippany March for Black Lives in June, 2020.  The event, attended by approximately 3,000 people, was a peaceful protest that brought much-needed awareness to racial inequality.



James Jean ‘97
James Jean (PHS ‘97) is a Taiwanese American artist who was born in Taiwan and grew up in Parsippany. Though at a young age he dedicated himself to music, James would later develop an interest in art and go on to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. James has been a cover artist for DC Comics and Marvel Comics including titles such as Fables and Umbrella Academy, garnering seven Eisner awards, three consecutive Harvey awards, two gold medals and a silver from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York. He also worked in advertising, and has contributed to many national and international publications. His clients included: Time Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, ESPN, Atlantic Records, Target and Prada. In 2006, he won Best Artist from the World Fantasy Awards. He also did the album art for musical artists My Chemical Romance, Talib Kweli, and Linkin Park.  James also created film posters for the following successful films: mother!, The Shape of Water, and Blade Runner 2049, working with famous directors Darren Aronofsky, Guillermo del Toro and Denis Villeneuve.  James Jean is a world famous artist, known for his illustration, painting and sculpture.



Richie Zisk ‘67
Richie Zisk attended Parsippany High School, where he was All-State in Baseball, All-County in Basketball, and he even played Soccer. He graduated from PHS in 1967, after winning a State Championship in 1965, moved onto Seton Hall University, and he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft. In his major league debut, the 6’2” 208 pound righty replaced Roberto Clemente in right field in the 8th inning of a victory. “The Polish Prince” played 17 seasons as a professional, 13 in the Major Leagues (6 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 with the Texas Rangers, 3 with the Seattle Mariners and 1 with the Chicago White Sox). He made two post season appearances, both with the Pirates, and he hit .400 over two series. His best season came in 1977 for the White Sox, when he batted .290 and hit 30 homeruns, driving in 101 runs.  He started in left field in the 1977 All-Star Game, going 2-3 with a double off Tom Seaver and 2 RBI.  He made the All Star Game again in 1978 for the Texas Rangers.  In 1981, Zisk hit .311 to win the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award. He retired in 1983, finishing his MLB career with 1,453 games, 1,477 hits, .287/.353/.466, 207 HR, 792 RBI. After his playing days, Zisk earned a degree in communications and took a job in the Cubs organization in 1986. He worked as a roving instructor and scout, a hitting coach, and a manager for the Cubs High-A Daytona affiliate. He has been inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame and the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.



 

The PHS Hall of Fame recognizes and honors PHS graduates and staff members who have distinguished themselves during their careers in their fields of work or service. Recognition will be given but not limited to accomplishment in the fields of:

Music Fine Arts
Business Politics
Education Armed Forces
School Services Medicine
Journalism Athletics
Community Service Science

 

Who is Eligible?

The person being nominated must have graduated from PHS at least ten years ago. In the case of a staff member, the nominee must have been a member of the professional staff (including non-teacher,  coaches and activity advisors), who has retired or left the employ of Parsippany High School at least three years ago.

The person being nominated DOES NOT have to be a college graduate.

Posthumous nominations WILL BE accepted.

As many as ten nominees may be inducted in any given year.

 

How Will Inductees Be Recognized?

Nominees selected for induction into the PHS Hall of Fame will be honored at an annual ceremony held in the spring. Each inductee will receive an engraved memento and will be recognized on a perpetual plaque in the main hall of Parsippany High School.

 

Who Can Nominate?

Nominations may be submitted by any Parsippany High School graduate, or by a relative, friend, or co-worker of the person being nominated.

 

What are the Criteria For Admission to the Hall of Fame?

The committee evaluates each nominee on three criteria:

1. Recognized excellence in one's field/profession.

2. Service and dedication to PHS.

3. Contributions to professional/civic organizations and/or publications, presentation, recognition.

 

How Do I Nominate Someone?

Simply print and complete the nomination form. Be sure to include all requested information. Reasons for nomination and written description may be submitted on separate sheets of paper (not to exceed three sheets and must be stapled to the nomination form).

 

Where Do I Send My Nomination Form?

Parsippany High School Hall of Fame
c/o Dr. Denis Mulroony, Principal
309 Baldwin Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

or submit via email to Dr. Mulroony

 

Current Hall of Fame Members

George P. Johnson - Deceased 1999 School Service
LTC Mark T. Little 1999 Humanitarianism
Annette Delaney Ricciuti 1999 Athletics
Roy Baker 1999 Athletics/Law Enforcement
Jack Mott - Deceased 1999 Coaching
George W. Wesner 1999 Music/Entertainment
Garrett E. Reisman 2000 Astronaut
Lisa Codella Pesci 2000 Athletics/Philanthropy
Robert Martin 2001 Athletics/Administration/Coaching
Dolores Femister 2002 Secretary/School Services
Anthony R. Scatton, Jr. - Deceased 2002 Teaching/ Administration
Michael Codella 2002 Athletics/Philanthropy
Philip H. Meeham 2002 Coaching/Teaching/ Administration
Gary Vittorio 2002 Coaching/Student Activities
Dave Guida 2003 Community Service
John Karolchyk 2003 Education/Teaching
Christina Ladas 2003 Teaching/Community Service
Doris McManus - Deceased 2003 School Services/Administration
Francine "Micky" Walsh 2003 Teaching/Coach
Bruce Biddison 2004 Education/Administration
Randy Frankel 2004 Philanthropy/Community Service/Business
James Vigilante 2004 Community Service/Armed Forces/Politics
Jack Prudden 2005 Education/Athletics
Suzanne Rubenstein 2005 Armed Forces
Violet Schicke 2005 School Services/ Community Service
Harold Gantert 2006 School Services/ Community Service
David Shaffer 2006 School Services/ Community Service
The 1986 PHS State Championship Softball Team 2007 Athletics
Harold Feintuch 2008 Community Service
Victor Labbote, MD 2008 Athletics
Roy Helmdinger 2009  
Ron Foreso 2014 Teaching/Community Service
Robert Peluso 2014 Community Service
Dragan “Dan” Ilic 2014 Community Service
Michael Pignatell 2014 Athletics/Law Enforcement
Jerry Russo 2014 Teaching/Coaching
1965 Baseball Team 2015 Athletics
Cavan Londergan
2015
Jane Puccio
2015 Teaching
Jay Redan M.D.
2015
1999 Boys Basketball
2016 Athletics
Clarence Curry III
2016
Ann Greiner
2016 Teaching
Nancy Russo Petryna
2016
Dr. Jon Molinare
2016
1977 Football Team
2017 Athletics
Joe Bernabe
2017 Teaching
LeRoy Williams Collins Jr.
2017
Fei-Fei Li
2017
Robert Sabella
2017 Teaching/Mathematics
Andrew Ladas 2018 
Michael Yesunas 2018 Teaching/Coaching
1974 PHS Football Team
2019 Athletics
Jason Hallik
2019  
Erika Plosa
2019  
Malvin Sumka
2019  
Chris Walas
2019  
Frederick “Bud” Weider
2020 Teaching/Coaching
Steve McCarthy 2020 Teaching/Coaching
Frederick Paradise 2020 Athletics/Student Activities
Walter Blueler 2021 Teaching/Coaching
Jabari Jackson 2021  
James Jean 2021  
Richie Zisk 2021  
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