Athletic Walk of Fame

The Athletic Walk of Fame honors the top athletes, coaches, and teams in the Morgan Park Academy history.

Honorees are selected annually by a committee of MPA faculty, staff, coaches, and alumni, and are inducted each fall during Homecoming Weekend. Nominations are open to the public.

NOMINATE A CANDIDATE

Class of 2017
We are excited to induct David Rosi '67, Tom Manos '77, Noor Nahhas '05, Kristen Javorski Kipping-Ruane '06, Robert Churchill '07, Alex Ingram '07, coaches Tom Daker and Dalyn Drown, the 1965-66 baseball team, the 1966-67 football team, the 1966-67 golf team, the 1976-77 girls volleyball team, and the 2007-08 golf team into the Athletic Walk of Fame at Homecoming & Reunions on Sept. 23, 2017.

Please email alumni@morganparkacademy.org to learn more.

Walk of Famers

List of 67 items.

  • Latania Broyls Logan '93

  • Allan Bruno ’64

    Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Track
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  • Gino Cantele '51

    Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track
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  • Michael Cappozzo '95

    Baseball, Basketball, Soccer
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  • Chuck Cleary ’60

    Football, Wrestling, Track
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  • Doug Coller '73

    Football, Baseball, Basketball
  • Warren A. Crist '63

    • Letterman’s Club Vice-President 12
    • Baseball 10, 11, 12
    • Wrestling 10, 11, Co-Captain 12
    • Football 11, 12 (Co-Captain) All-Conferences
    • Science Club President 12
    • Newspaper 10, 11
    • Current Events Club 11
    • Four Letters Earned: Varsity Football MPA, Varsity Wrestling (Co-Captain) MPA, Fresh-Soph MPHS Wrestling, Fresh-Soph MPHS Baseball
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  • Kareem Daniel '92

    Member of the 1991 Independent School League (ISL) championship basketball team, the school’s first basketball team to win a regional victory; team member of a 35-game winning streak basketball team during the 1990 and 1991 seasons; two-time ISL all-conference player and member of track team.
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  • Lisa Daniel-Olimene ’89

    Four-year participant in track and basketball; track MVP and team captain all four years; basketball MVP three years and captain four years; all-conference in both track and basketball; selected best female athlete during senior year.
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  • Jean-Raymond Desruisseaux, Jr. ’02

    Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Track
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  • Demetrios Douros ’98

    Demetrios was a four-year starter and three-time All-Conference pick for the baseball team. His .480 career batting average ranks in the IHSA all-time top 50. He played professionally in Greece and was member of the Greek National Team and the 2004 Greek Olympic Team.
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  • Chris Ellis '58

    Wrestling, Football
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  • Frank Fonsino '59

    Wrestling, Baseball
  • Jason Freeman ’00

    Jason was named All-Conference in baseball four times and won ISL Player of the Year. His .513 career batting average still ranks 11th all-time in the IHSA.
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  • Jonathan Freeman ’98

    Four-time ISL all-conference player; member of Daily Southtown all-area team (1998); member of City of Chicago Mayor Daley All-Star Team; Class of 1998 senior athlete award; holds numerous records in the Illinois High School Association record book; captain his senior year; member of varsity soccer team for four years; played college baseball for four years at Butler University.
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  • Danielle Ghess '06

    Basketball, Soccer
  • William Giannos ’49

    Four-year member of football, wrestling, and track teams; member of undefeated 1947-1948 football team; football MVP 1949; first team, all independent school team by Chicago Herald American; honorable mention, all-Chicago area football team; wrestling MVP 1949; second in state sectional and fourth place in state finals.
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  • Demetrius Hawkins '91

    Basketball, Track
  • Kingston Heath ’64

    11 varsity letters in three sports—football, wrestling, and track; all-conference (Private School League) football player, 1964; track MVP, 1963; winner 154 lb. weight class—Private School League Conference and Leo High School Invitational Tournament; Leo High School Invitational Tournament member.
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  • Reggie Hill '96

    Baseball, Basketball
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  • Kris Jones '95

    Baseball, Basketball
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  • Jim Joseph '71

    Golf, Basketball
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  • Eric Kelly '01

    Basketball, Track
  • Leigh Kodzoman '02

    Volleyball
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  • Kate Kozacik Galley ’93

    11 varsity letters (tennis, basketball, softball); 10 all-conference recognitions, most points scored in a single basketball season; second scoring average in city of Chicago; member, girls’ ISL softball championship; later returned to the Academy as varsity softball head coach.
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  • George Kumis ’66

    • Football: 9, 10, Co-Captain 12; 3 Varsity Letters; First Team All-Conference Halfback 1965; Conference Scoring Leader 1965; Most Valuable Player 1965
    • Baseball: 4 Varsity Letters; Captain 11, 12; MVP 11, 12; Pitched two no-hitters in 1965 and 1966; Team Conference Champions 1966; First Team All-Conference Catcher 10; Second Team All-Conference Pitcher 11
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  • Gus Kumis ’69

    Four-year football player; also played baseball and basketball; all-ISL and all-state running back from 1966 to 1969; team captain in all three sports; multiple MVP recipient in all sports; played football at Kansas State University.
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  • Mike LeRose '81

    Baseball, Basketball, Golf
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  • Christine Linnerud ’01

    • Varsity Basketball 9-12; MVP 10; All-Conference 10-12; Co-Captain 12
    • Varsity Volleyball 9-12
    • Varsity Softball 9-12; ISL Champions 9, All-Conference 12
    • Wendy’s High School Heisman Nominee 11
    • Alumni Association Best Athlete 12
    • NEDT Certificate of Educational Development (top 90th percentile nationally)
    • Key Club 9, 10
    • High Honor Roll 12
    • CARE
    • French Club 11
    • French National Honor Society 11
    • ACT Leader
    • Fathers Club Scholarship Award 12
    • Recipient of the Jean Landon Taylor Award
    • Senior Girls’ Sports Award
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  • Tom Lynch ’66

    Basketball and baseball player for four years; MVP in both sports; led Private School League in scoring during 65-66 basketball season; top male athlete, senior year; considered one of the strongest overall athletes in school’s history; played college basketball at Wake Forest University.
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  • Roger McGuire ’65

    Roger was named All-Conference and All-State in football and was All-Conference in baseball. As a sophomore, he quarterbacked the 1962-63 football team inducted into the Athletic Walk of Fame. He was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Illinois.
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  • Howard Meyer '64

    • Football 9, 10, 11, Co-Captain 12
    • Basketball 9, 10, 11, Captain 12
    • Track 10, 11 12
    • Glee Club 12
    • Letterman’s Club 11, 12
    • French Club 9, 10
    • Chess Club 11
    • Class Treasurer 11
    • National Honor Society
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  • Bob Montgomery ’72

    Second in state for rushing yardage, 1972; member of undefeated football team; football MVP, 1972; basketball MVP, 1972; baseball MVP, 1972; ISL conference champion and pitched no-hitter; won 100-yard dash at ISL conference meet.
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  • Jaclyn Mortimer ’01

    Jaclyn scored over 1,000 points in basketball and is listed in the IHSA record book for career 3-pointers. She advanced to the state tournament in tennis and was an All-Conference basketball, tennis and softball player.
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  • Bernard O’Brien ’47

    10 varsity letters in baseball, football, and basketball; All Private School conference quarterback; all-conference basketball guard, all private school tournament team member; MVP basketball 1947; best all-around athlete, 1947; played college baseball at the University of Notre Dame.
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  • Lopa Pandya '04

    Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
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  • Kirk Powell '83

    Baseball, Soccer
  • Owen Price ’37

    Owen starred in football, baseball, basketball and track and field. He was twice named to the Little All-American football team in college.
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  • Bernard "Bud" Kormann Reichel ’36

    • Heavyweight Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Track 9, 10, 11, 12; Letterman 12
    • Heavyweight Football 9, 10, 11, 12; Letterman 12
    • Private Band 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Academy News 11
    • Dramatic Club 11
    • Orchestra 11
    • Emblem Club 12
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  • Lauren Rodriguez '06

    Basketball, Volleyball
  • Mike Rogers ’69

    Football, Basketball, Baseball
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  • Nathan Skarin '42

    Football, Baseball, Basketball
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  • Shaneah Taylor ’01

    A basketball player who could dominate a game with speed and driving ability, Shaneah scored more than 1,000 career points, and was also a gifted sprinter.
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  • Thomas Theodore ’67

    Tom was a standout player for the baseball, basketball, football and wrestling teams, earning a slew of all-conference honors before going on to play varsity football at Illinois Wesleyan University.
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  • Thomas Tiernan ’48

    Thomas earned multiple all-state honors in basketball before going on to a varsity career at the University of Michigan from 1950-52.
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  • Robert Vinson '92

    Member of 1991 ISL championship team; part of 35-game winning streak team during 1990 and 1991 seasons; two-time ISL all-conference player; scored 1000 points throughout career (only played varsity two-and-a-half seasons); two-time all-conference ISL baseball player; outstanding male athlete award, senior year.
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  • Todd Vinson '96

    Basketball, Baseball
     
    • Two-sport star and All-ISL selection in both basketball and baseball
    • Led boys’ basketball team to back-to-back ISL titles and 33-12 record (23-3 ISL) in sophomore and junior year, including the 1993-94 team being inducted today.
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  • Dorothy Weisend Giese ’64

    Basketball
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  • Brie Yaksic '02

    Softball, Basketball, Volleyball
     
    • Dominant softball player who won team MVP three times and ISL Player of the Year twice, and led the team to three ISL championships
    • Also won three conference titles as an assistant to softball coaches Lynda Pariso and Kate Galley '93
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  • Coach Tony Churchill

    Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Track
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  • Coach Tom Drahozal

    Career Wins
    • 329 wins as Girls’ Basketball Coach
    • 200-plus wins as Baseball Coach
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  • Coach Warren Jones

    Football, Baseball, Basketball
     
    Warren Jones joined MPA in 1967-68 as Director of Athletics and head football coach. In 15 years, he taught physical education and coached football, basketball, and baseball, leading the teams to success on the field against larger schools. But his biggest impact, alumni say, was as a leader.
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  • Coach Sue Oczkowski

    Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Field Hockey, Volleyball

    A Chicago native who grew up a few miles from MPA, Coach Oczkowski joined our faculty and coaching staff in 1975, fresh out of Quincy College.

    In 38 years, Coach O has coached Upper School and Middle School basketball, softball, tennis, field hockey, and volleyball; served as Director of Physical Education and Director of Athletics; and taught hundreds of P.E. students of all ages. She was an assistant coach for ISL championship softball teams in 1987-88 and 1997-98.
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  • Coach Lynda Pariso

    Arriving in 1979, a year from graduation at Indiana State University, Coach Pariso founded the Warriors softball program, coaching the team for 23 years and building a dynasty that is still going strong.
     
    She won eight ISL championships and five ISL Coach of the Year awards, coached four ISL Players of the Year, and enjoyed one undefeated season.

    Coach Pariso also teaches Physical Education, and has coached several other Middle and Upper School teams. Since 2000, she has been Director of Athletics, helping build one of the strongest sports programs in the Independent School League.
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  • 1947-48 Football

    The 1947-48 team was undefeated in eight games with a combined point total of 150 versus 19 for opponents. This success is even more impressive when one considers the fact that three of the team's key starters from the previous season (record of 7-1) were injured and missed the season. This is one of four undefeated football teams in the Academy’s history. A number of players received post-season honors and played collegiate football.
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  • 1954-55 Rifle

  • 1962-63 Football

    Our first champions of the Private School League. Undefeated 5-0 in league play, beating Walther Lutheran, Luther South, Wheaton Academy, Luther North, and North Park Academy. 6-1 overall, under first-year coach Mac Lewis, also with a win against Francis Parker.
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  • 1971-72 Boys’ Basketball

    With a record of 25-1 and an ISL championship, this team is considered one of the best basketball teams in school history.
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  • 1971-72 Football

  • 1985-86 & 1986-87 Girls' Tennis

  • 1986-87 Softball

    • ISL champions
    • 12-4 record
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  • 1990-91 Boys’ Basketball

    The Warriors started the 1990-91 season with 16 consecutive victories and went 13-1 in the ISL. Coach Harris put together a balanced attack with six players posting double-figure scoring averages. The team averaged 81 points per game and went on to capture the ISL championship with an 18-2 record.
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  • 1993-94 Boys’ Basketball

    • ISL champions, beating U-High for the title on a layup by Bennie Hamilton with three seconds left
    • 17-5 record (10-2 ISL)
    • Todd Vinson set an MPA season record with 489 points
    • Led offensively by Vinson, Mike Wilson, and Reggie Hill; led defensively by Hamilton and Kris Jones
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  • 1997-98 Softball

    • 14-0, 12-0 ISL (conference champions)
    • 183-37 run differential in ISL play (average score: 15-3)
    • Notable wins included 24-1 and 18-1 vs. Latin; 38-6 vs. Elgin; 19-1 vs. Willows
    • MVP and ISL Player of the Year: Sara Strasser; Most Improved: Yara Koht; Coach’s Award: Sarah Seifert
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  • 2000-01 Girls’ Basketball

    The team won 19 games, which at that time was a school record for girls’ basketball. They finished 2nd in the ISL at 8-4, led by 1,000-point scorers Jaclyn Mortimer, Shaneah Taylor, Christine Linnerud and Lopa Pandya. Though they didn’t win the conference, this was one of Coach Tom Drahozal’s best coaching jobs. In previous years, the team had won only a handful of games per season.
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  • 2005-06 Girls’ Volleyball

    The 2005 Girls’ Volleyball Team had only one loss the entire season. Senior Maryann Manatt (# 6) said that “it was the team’s friendship and good chemistry that made us reach the level that we did.”

    As JV team member Amber Sipich described, “right from the start, anyone could see it would be a promising season.”
    (2006 Compendium 79).
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  • 2005-06 & 2006-07 Boys' Soccer

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