Francis W. Parker School (Chicago)
|Francis W. Parker School|
Everything to help and nothing to hinder 
|330 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, Illinois, 60614
|School type||Independent Private school|
|Founder||Col. Francis W. Parker|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Francis W. Parker School is an independent school serving students who live in the Chicago area from junior kindergarten through grade twelve of high school. Located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the school is based on the progressive educational philosophies of John Dewey and Colonel Francis Wayland Parker, emphasizing community and citizenship.
Founded in 1901, Parker boasts the first official parents' association as well as one of the first school newspapers to be written, typeset, and printed by students: The Parker Weekly, which began publishing in 1911.
Parker has approximately 1,000 students, and has undergone considerable physical renovation between 2000 and 2009. Parker added an astro turf field which started being constructed in June 2012, and it was finished in September 2012. During the 2008–09 school year, the Auditorium was completely renovated, with new classrooms, more seating, office space and a balcony.
Parker announced that the University of Chicago will take over publishing responsibilities for the school's publication of Schools: Studies in Education, a national education journal featuring the narrative and analytic reflections of educators and students nationwide. The school is a member of the Chicago Independent School League.
Francis W. Parker is part of the ISL athletic conference and its mascot is the Colonel, after the school's founder Colonel Parker. The school has six sports during the fall season with eighteen interscholastic teams, three sports in the winter with fourteen teams, and five sports in the spring season with nineteen teams throughout the middle and high school. Sports at Parker range from boys and girls soccer, to tennis, basketball and field hockey. Parker has a no-cut policy regarding it's athletic department, meaning any student who tries out for a team will make it, and over 65 percent of the students play on at least one team throughout the academic year.
- Paul Adelstein, actor
- Jonathan Alter, journalist, critic, author, and editor for Newsweek.
- Jennifer Beals, actress (Flashdance, Devil in a Blue Dress, The L Word).
- Alexandra Bruce, filmmaker and writer
- Sir Henry Channon, Member of Parliament (U.K.), diarist.
- Bobby Florsheim, screenwriter
- Eric Forsberg, filmmaker
- Chuck Gelatka, football player
- Edward Gorey, writer and illustrator
- Justin Hall, pioneer blogger
- Daryl Hannah, actress (Blade Runner, Splash, Kill Bill).
- Sarah Haskins, comedian
- Anne Heche, actress (Donnie Brasco, Psycho, Six Days Seven Nights).
- Katharine Holabird, author
- Celeste Holm, actress
- Arnold Horween, Harvard Crimson and NFL football player
- Ralph Horween, Harvard Crimson and NFL football player
- Peter Jacobson, actor
- Kim Kamin, estate planner/wealth strategist
- Kate Levant, artist
- Kevin A. Lynch, urban planner, MIT professor
- David Mamet, playwright (Glengarry Glen Ross), author, and screenwriter (The Verdict, Wag the Dog).
- Joan Mitchell, artist best known for her painting in the abstract expressionism movement.
- Elise Paschen, poet
- Edith Pattou, author
- Alan Pierson, conductor, co-founder of the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
- Mark Pincus, founder of social game company Zynga
- Jay Pritzker, entrepreneur
- Barney Rosset, entrepreneur, publisher
- Jeremy Sisto, actor
- Brad Thor, author
- Ping Tom, civic leader
- Carleton Washburne, educator and author
- Jacob Weisberg, journalist and editor of Slate.
- Jordan Weisman, founder of FASA Corporation & WizKids
- Haskell Wexler, cinematographer (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for).
- Hillary Wolf, actress & two-time U.S Olympian in judo
- Billy Zane, actor
- Lisa Zane, actress, vocalist
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