Number of years Keith Parker has coached football at English High School: 29
Number of times Parker’s teams have defeated Boston Latin in the nation’s oldest continuous high school football rivalry: 2.
To some of Parker’s critics, even those who witnessed English’s 36-0 loss last Thanksgiving to a winless Latin team, the won-lost record is excusable. What’s not acceptable to them is how Parker has presided over the decline of English’s once-formidable football program. Winners of divisional Super Bowls in 1993 and ‘97, Parker’s teams have since gone 42-76 and struggled for respectability.
Parker’s critics said he no longer exerts the energy, enthusiasm, and innovation to sustain a competitive program in an era when city coaches need to work harder than ever to overcome a multitude of challenges. Parker, 64, kept his coaching job after he retired last year from teaching at English.
“I love the man, but his time has passed,’’ said Clarzell Pearl, who starred for Parker’s teams in the 1980s and served as his assistant for several years, including last season. “It’s time for him to go.’’
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