The Late Ralph Parr Leaves Behind Long Legacy of Service

The Late Ralph Parr Leaves Behind Long Legacy of Service
Posted on 03/06/2020
Ralph ParrThe Clear Creek ISD family lost a pillar of the community on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Former CCISD student, teacher, principal and board member Ralph Vernon Parr passed away over the weekend.

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“Ralph Parr is simply an irreplaceable figure for countless people in this community, myself included,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith. “He always brought with him an unquenchable thirst and pride for the students and staff of Clear Creek ISD. I, along with so many, will miss his remarkable long-term memory and gift for story-telling, his wise counsel and good humor.”

Ralph Parr, the student – Born in Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1936, Parr lived in League City most of his life and was a 12-year student of Clear Creek ISD. He graduated from Webster High School in 1954 and attended League City School for his elementary and intermediate years. Parr earned his bachelor degree in education in 1958 at Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now known as Texas State University) and graduate degree at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

Ralph Parr, the educator – After returning from college, he taught English and journalism at Clear Creek High School for 11 years. Those who knew him will tell you Parr was “maroon through and through.” Although he had served as an assistant principal at Clear Lake High School for more than a decade, and was fiercely proud of every school in the District, Clear Creek High School was Parr’s forever alma mater.

Ralph Parr, the leader – After his time leading the Falcons as assistant principal, Parr served as principal of Clear Creek High School for 11 years. He had a keen eye for the highest quality and most passionate teachers who he believed would be successful and bring their students to that same success. A phrase often uttered in the halls of any Clear Creek ISD school is “Ralph Parr hired me.”

“Ralph Parr hired me in 1988,” said Debbie Fuchs, CCISD athletic director and long-time family friend of the Parr’s. “I was so fortunate to have known, worked with, and most of all, been friends with Mr. Parr. CCISD Athletics had a staunch supporter and friend in Ralph Parr as he attended as many events that he could get to. I will miss him terribly but my life is better having been mentored by this awesome man.”

On June 15, 1994, Ralph Parr retired after 33 years in the Clear Creek Independent School District.

Ralph Parr, the Trustee – Parr’s experience and passion for public education would serve as his inspiration to continue to advocate for students through the role of Board Trustee. Through his time and expertise, he filled the At Large position from January 1996 to May 2009 and served as Board President during his tenure.

“When I first met Ralph, I was daunted by his knowledge of and service to all things CCISD,” said Win Weber. Weber served with Parr on the Board of Trustees and is currently a Board member representing District 2. “It did not take me long to understand that Ralph welcomed anyone as his colleague who championed students. As a board member I have depended many times on Ralph’s District history lessons; his humor; his red pen correcting my grammatical errors; and his fierce and loving heart for everything CCISD.”

Ralph Parr, a community legend – For these and reasons too many to list, Ralph Parr is a household name in Clear Creek ISD. In 2009, the District’s 25th elementary school was named after him and Parr Elementary would instantly become a special place for the campus celebrity, further tethering him to the school district he held dear.

“He always wanted the very best for all of CCISD,” said Jane Kelling, former principal of Ralph Parr Elementary. “Mr. Parr was a champion for students, especially at Ralph Parr Elementary. He was always eager to join me on the first day of school to open the doors and join the parents at the welcome breakfast where he really enjoyed getting to know our families.”

Another tradition held dear to the Parr Patriots, Ralph Parr would clap out the 5th graders on their last day at that school.

Parr is survived by his wife of 47 years, Claudia Parr and his son, Richard Parr.

Celebration of Life Postponed: The Parr Family will host a public celebration of life for Ralph Parr on a to be determined date. 
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