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  Jack Parr

  • 2-time All-American for the Kansas State Wildcats
  • 3-time First Team All Conference 1956-58
  • Graduated as K-State's career leader in points scored and rebounds.
  • Played one season in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals in 1958
  • In 2003, Parr was named to Kansas State’s All-Century Team
Parr, Jack
Inducted 2005

Born: March 13, 1936 – Louisville, Kentucky

Graduated: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Prep School (Richmond, Va.), 1954;

Kansas State University, 1958

Deceased: January 4, 2015 - Lindsborg, Kansas


One of Kansas State’s greatest basketball players of all time who played during the school’s glory years, John M. “Jack” Parr was a model of loyalty and commitment to the game. His passion for the sport was second to none, but he is every bit as proud of his life-long involvement on the ground floor with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

College Highlights

Parr was a two-time All-American for the Wildcats and was named to the All-Conference First Team three times. The 6-foot-9 Parr averaged 16.9 points and 12.7 rebounds a game for his career, and graduated as the leading career scorer and rebounder in KSU history. Parr helped lead Kansas State to conference championships in 1956 and ’58, two NCAA tournament appearances, and the NCAA Final 4 in 1958. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association in 1958 and played one season with the team.

Post-Professional Career

Parr later spent 10 years officiating major college basketball. He founded Jack Parr Associates in 1969 – the company provides consulting and training services in 15 countries and 46 states – and he was the co-founder of Project Salina, which generates food items for those in need.


Parr was named to Kansas State’s All-Century Team in 2003 and the KSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Kansas State retired his jersey – No. 33 – in 2005.