MRH 2016 Hall of Fame inductees; to be recognized at homecoming game

The Maplewood Richmond Heights Hall of Fame 2016 inductees have been announced. The honorees will be recognized during the homecoming festivities before the start of the soccer game on Friday, Sept. 23.

The Hall of Fame highlights MRH alumni who have made exceptional strides in their careers. On the MRH website: “It is vital to engage our community and past alumni into the current culture of our district and honor those who have helped pave the way for the younger generation of professionals who are continuing their education and entering the workforce.”

The 2016 inductees:

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Clark J. Hickman via Twitter

Clark J. Hickman — Associate Dean Emeritus, College of Education, Professional & Continuing Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis — on Twitter @ClarkHickman

Martin J. Corcoran, Maplewood City Manager — profile is on the Maplewood city website

Robert W. Frick, 23-year career with BankAmerica Corporation, business consultant — profile in Washington University magazine

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King “Iceman” Bailey Parson Jr., via Wikipedia

King “Iceman” Bailey Parson Jr., former professional wrestler — Wikipedia profile. State wrestling champion for MRH in 1969 and 1970.

Alfred “Skip” Watkins, MRH — MRH wrestling state runner up in 1965, assistant coach in the mid 1970s, head coach from 1987-1997. Skip and Diane Watkins were the 2015 Maplewood Citizens of the Year.

1976 Head Coach Jack Taylor, Assistant Coach Skip Watkins, and State Champion Paul Steingruby with their 2nd place team trophy from State. From MRH Wrestling Alumni Facebook

1976 Head Coach Jack Taylor, Assistant Coach Skip Watkins, and State Champion Paul Steingruby with their 2nd place team trophy from State. From MRH Wrestling Alumni Facebook

Dr. Pickett Pat Whitney Lema, Instructional Coordinator for the Pattonville School District, Retired, Asst. Prof. University of Missouri – St. Louis

The inductees will be recognized before the home soccer game on Sept. 23. The complete schedule:

  • 4:00 – girls JV volleyball game vs. Brentwood
  • 5:00 – girls varsity volleyball game vs. Brentwood
  • 5:00 – Festival and BBQ opens
  • 6:30 – R&B Band Performs
  • 7:20 – Introduction of Hall of Fame nominees
  • 7:30 – boys soccer vs. Brentwood

5 thoughts on “MRH 2016 Hall of Fame inductees; to be recognized at homecoming game

  1. Paul Christman was part of the original MRH Hall of Fame, all of those that were in the original HOF are automatically entered! But on a side note the MRH school board made the decision on what the qualification for being inducted to the HOF without any outside consultation. Those qualification originally were only based on their four pillars concept; Scholarship, Stewardship, Citizenship and Leadership. Unbelievably, Iceman King Parsons was going to be excluded. But after long debate Superintendent Hall added achievement as a qualification.

    The School Board’s initial qualification standards would have made the HOF very top heavy with achievers in the business, civil and academic arenas. Achievers in athletics and entertainment would have faced and very difficult uphill climb to make it into the HOF. This can be judged by the list of inductees into this initial induction group.

  2. His brother, Mark, was also a fantastic athlete. Mark was Paul’s older brother, and the only graduate of MRH to make it to the MLB. He ended up playing for the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, and Washington Senators. I say that we let them both in.

  3. I second your comment George; Paul Christman was the greatest athlete ever from Maplewood High School.