Scott Anderson ’66
Mr. Anderson was an eight-letter Hun varsity sport, four-time All-South and three-time all American soccer player, and collegiate assistant coach. He was President of Noblesource Consulting, and is retired to Venice, Florida.
“It took my attendance at my 50th Hun reunion two years ago to really appreciate and reflect on the impact The Hun School had on my life. We talked about the men who had affected our lives, like Sandy Bing, former faculty member, who was a friend to all Hun schoolmates whether they were athletes or not,” said Mr. Anderson.
“It is an honor to receive an award like this, but it was a great honor to play with people like Mike Miller ’66, Scott Page ’65 and Jack Partridge ’66. I always felt the guys here at Hun were rooting for me as I was rooting for them. I’d like to thank my mother and my father, Nancy and Dick Anderson, for having the foresight to send me to a school that would. . . have such a significant impact on my life. My life would not have been the same had I not gotten the guidance that I received here at the Hun School.”
Greg Rafalski ’73
“Thank God for making me a Hun School Raider.” - Greg Rafalski ’73
Mr. Rafalski came to Hun shortly after playing on the 1970 Ewing Babe Ruth Championship team. At Hun, he played football and baseball, and was part of the famed “33 Club” football team, which did not lose a game in thirty-three outings. He went on to captain both teams at Hun, and play both sports at Gettysburg College. His accounting and business career has included 30 years at General Motors, and work for Aramark and the Tajfel Group.
“I looked at the list of past inductees, and there were U.S. Olympians, guys who were in the NFL, guys who played Major League Baseball, and I thought, how did I get inducted? But I think it’s because of the coaches I had throughout the years. They instilled certain values that remain with me today: teamwork, commitment, sacrifice, discipline, and the will to win.
“I played baseball with Coach (David) Leete and Coach (Bill) McQuade, and we won the state title. It was all possible because of those values that they instilled in us. As Vince Lombardi said, ‘Achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’ All the education at Hun wasn’t out on the athletic field. I’d like to thank all the teachers, who prepared us for life in college and afterward. And as Yankee Joe DiMaggio liked to say ‘Thank God for making me a NY Yankee;’ I like to say, ‘Thank God for making me a Hun School Raider.
Johnny Rooney ’93
Johnny Rooney ’93 was a post graduate at The Hun School in 1993, after graduating from Montgomery High School having been named athlete of the year - twice. He was captain of the baseball team, played basketball, and proudly performed as the Hun Raider mascot. Mr. Rooney received an athletic scholarship from CW Post, where he continued his baseball career and earned a bachelor’s in education. He has since become a physical education teacher, baseball and softball coach, and business owner in Montgomery, New Jersey.
“My PG year was the best year of my life. When I was a senior in Montgomery in 1992, we were eating Christmas dinner when I told my dad, ‘I’m just not ready to go to college.’ We visited Hun, and after listening to Coach Mc Quade talk for about fifteen minutes, and taking a tour, I got in the car, and said ‘Dad I have to go to school here.’
“After having Mrs. Kathryn Otero Quirk and Mrs. Carol Arnold as teachers and Coach Bill McQuade as a baseball coach, I knew I wanted to be an educator.”
Erica Rosenthal Sparkler ’98
Erica Rosenthal Sparkler ’98 is an attorney for the international law firm Foley and & Lardner. At Hun, she was a stand-out athlete who played field hockey and softball. She won MVP, Iron Woman, and Coaches Awards in both sports, was on four state championship teams, and won the coveted Faculty Prize at Commencement. She currently participates in triathlons.
“It was one of my great joys in life to be a student-athlete at Hun. The lessons I learned here as an athlete have been central to who I am. Playing sports at Hun not only made me a better and stronger athlete, it made me a better and stronger person.
“A key part of my education took part down the hill on the athletic fields. Going to batting practice in the gym over and over and over again, was about gaining confidence in myself. Going back for pre-season the second day when I could barely walk from the first day, was about resiliency. Playing a field hockey game in the cold pouring rain when the crowd was rooting for the other team, was about mental toughness. Playing softball against a local team in Puerto Rico during spring training, was about the importance of building community and togetherness.
“Walking down that hill at three o’clock every day, lugging my big bag of catcher’s gear, was about learning discipline. And wearing black and red and always having your shirt tucked in, was about pride and tradition.”