2020 PHS Hall of Fame Inductions

2020 PHS Hall of Fame Inductions
Posted on 10/15/2019

Parsippany High School will be inducting their 2020 Hall of Fame Class on Friday, November 1, 2019. Here is the schedule:

5:00 – Induction Ceremony in the Media Center
6:15 – Refreshments in the Media Center
6:50 – Introduction of Hall of Fame Class before the Home Football Game

PHS would like to invite community members, alumni, parents and students to celebrate with us at this year’s induction ceremony. If you know any of the inductees or classmates of theirs please reach out to them.

This year’s class consists of three impressive inductees:

Frederick “Bud” Weider ‘62
Bud was an amazing educator who connected with his students in and out of the classroom, teaching Architectural Drawing and lessons about life. Bud stressed focus and discipline and the development of technical skills, but he did so using a hilarious sense of humor and a big heart.  He stayed in contact with many of his former students and was invited to numerous weddings and reunions. Bud taught for twenty-three years and never took a sick day; he was always prepared and ready to make a difference.

Bud was a standout baseball player while at Par High and returned to coach baseball at PHS from 1981 to 1987 compiling a record of 101-35, and was also an Assistant Basketball Coach. He went onto be the Head Baseball Coach at West Morris Central High School where he won over 200 games and a Morris County Championship, in addition to four appearances in the State Finals.

Bud passed away in 2019, leaving behind a wonderful legacy at PHS and beyond.

Steve McCarthy
Steve McCarthy taught English at PHS for thirty-six years as a teacher. In the classroom, he was particularly skilled at working with at-risk students and motivating them to succeed and graduate. His patience, compassion and knowledge of reading and writing skills impacted thousands of Par High students. Steve also served as Boys and Girls Tennis Coach for 70 seasons (40 Boys, 30 girls), finishing his career with an incredible 639 wins. He even coached Ice Hockey for six seasons. After his retirement, Steve came back to PHS and continues to serve as a valuable, reliable and enthusiastic substitute teacher. Mr. McCarthy is a mainstay at PHS and is remembered for his student-centered approach, his long and successful coaching career and his dedication to the school.

Frederick Paradise ‘80
Fred Paradise was a standout football, basketball and baseball player for Parsippany High School from 1977-1980. Fred earned 11 varsity letters playing quarterback/defensive back, point guard and outfielder and accumulated numerous individual honors in addition to tremendous team success (7 Conference, County and State Titles!). He was also an outstanding student and very involved in extracurricular activities including Student Council, Varsity Club, Pep Club and PTSA. For his success on the field and in the classroom, Fred was named Morris County Male “Scholastic Athlete of the Year” in 1979. Fred went on to play basketball at Dickinson College and led his team to a Division Championship in the MAC Conference. Some of his specific accomplishments include:

  • Football: 406 passing yards in a game (school record), 1,127 passing yards in a season (school record); 6-3 record senior season; Daily Record Offensive Player of the Year; 1st Team All Morris County Quarterback (Daily Record, Daily Advance, The Citizen); Daily Record “Redskin of the Year Award”
  • Basketball:  166 assists in a season (school record at the time); 19.2 senior season avg.;  1st Team All-Morris County (Star Ledger, Community News, NY Daily News, Daily Record, Herald News, The Citizen); helped lead teams to  42-6 record over junior/senior seasons and 2 Conference Championships, 1 County Championships and 2x State Sectional Championships; Two-time Tri-County One-on-One Champion.
  • Baseball:  Batted over .300; helped to lead team to a 20-6 record during senior season and Conference & State Sectional Championships; Group III Finalist
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