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Jack Parr

Inducted 2005

Inducted – 2005

One of the Kansas State’s greatest basketball players during the school’s glory years, John M. “Jack” Parr was a model of loyalty and commitment to the game. His passion for the sport was second to none, but he is every bit as proud of his life-long involvement on the ground floor with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Parr, along with fellow Hall of Famer Bob Boozer, was the cornerstone for head coach Tex Winter’s great K-State teams in the late 1950s. He was a two-time All-American for the Wildcats and was named to the All- Conference team three times. The 6-foot-9 Parr averaged 16.9 points and 12.7 rebounds a game for his career, and was a constant nemesis to the great Wilt Chamberlain of the arch-rival Kansas Jayhawks. Parr helped lead Kansas State to conference championships in 1956 and ’58 and was then drafted by the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association in 1958 and played one season with the team. Parr later spent 10 years officiating major college basketball. He founded Jack Parr Associates in 1969 – the company provides consulting and training services in 15 countries and 46 states – and was the co-founder of Project Salina, which generates food items for those in need. Parr was named to Kansas State’s All-Century Team in 2003 and the KSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He had his jersey – No. 33 - retired in 2005. Born March 13, 1936 – Louisville, Kentucky. Graduated St. Christopher’s Episcopal Prep School (Richmond, Va.), 1954; Kansas State University, 1958.

Jack Parr
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