The Hall of Fame Induction reflects the athletic history of our school, through the achievements of the athletes and coaches who have made their mark at Parkland and beyond. It is an honor to welcome these individuals and to celebrate their accomplishments as we induct them into our highest honor, our “Athletic Hall of Fame”.
Mike D. Cowan
Clifford Earl Crawford
Donald F. Dease
Michael D. Cowan a 1968 graduate of Parkland Sr. High, was a Central 4A All-Conference football player in 1967. The Greensboro Daily News and Charlotte News and Observer named him All-State. Mike was selected to play in the 1967 Shrine Bowl. In 1968 Cowan was an All-Star guard for the West Team in the East West All Star Game. In 1967 Mike was also the 197-lb weight class State Championship Wrestler. Cowan received a football grant-in-aid to NC State. The NC State Football guide noted Cowan for his strength and ability and rated him as a strong inside tackler. "He was especially effective," says Jerry Kirk, a Wolfpack defensive coach, "as a goal-line defensive player."
Clifford Earl Crawford graduated in 1999. He lettered in basketball and football while attending Parkland. In 1997-1998 he was he was the starting quarterback and all conference in football. He was selected All Conference in basketball 3 times. Clifford helped lead Parkland to the State 3A Championship in 1999. During the 1999 season Clifford was the MVP of the 3A East Regional, selected 1st team All State, runner up for NC State Player of the Year, Conference Player of the Year, and was selected as All Northwest NC Player of the Year. Clifford was the #1 ranked point guard in NC. Clifford’s high school coach Mike Pennington said “He can beat you with his left hand off the dribble just as easily as the right. He passes so well, he’s very unselfish, sees the floor and he’s as good full speed off the dribble as any kid I have ever seen.” After high school Clifford received a full scholarship to attend NC State University where he was a 3 year starter at point guard. He has enjoyed a 12 year playing career in Europe.
Donald F. Dease graduated from Parkland in 1997. Don lettered in football, in 1966 he was selected as Co-Captain for the Mustangs, All Conference, and All City. After high school Don played college football at the Citadel where he was a three-year letterman as an offensive lineman, in 1970 he was an honorable mention All-American, runner up for the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Trophy and earned All-Southern Conference and all-state honors, he also served as a team co-captain. In 1997 Don was inducted into the Citadel Hall of Fame. During Don’s correctional career, he served as Deputy Warden, Warden, Regional Director, as well as Institutional Division Director in South Carolina. Currently Don serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation.
Franklin D. Draper graduated from Parkland in 1972. Draper was a successful athlete at Parkland both in Football and Track during the 1971-1972 seasons. In Football, Draper was named to the All City Team in 1971 -1972 season. In Track he was named to the All-Conference Track Team 1971-1972, All City Track Team 1971-1972, All State Track Team 1971- 1972 and All County Track Team 1971 -1972. At Parkland he was named “Most Valuable Track” 1972. Draper also tied the current City record for the 100 yard dash at the Page High School track meet that year. Moreover that day, Draper was a triple winner at Page. He won the 220 yard dash and matched the best time in the city that year, along with helping Parkland win the 880 yard relay in 1.31 which was the best time in the city for the season. After leaving Parkland, Draper attended Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville North Carolina and graduated in 1976.
David Randall Ebert graduated in 1977. David enjoyed a very successful varsity baseball career. David set the NCHSAA record for triples in a single season in 1977 and held that record for 24 years. He is still currently number 2 on the list. In 1977 David was captain of the baseball team, won the Parkland High School Hitter Award, and was selected All Conference. David went on to play 2 years of college baseball at UNC – Chapel Hill before injury ended his playing career. David has successfully coached baseball at the recreation, travel ball, middle school and high school levels. His teams have won multiple championships. He was selected as Wake County Baseball Coach of the Year in 1988. David is currently the Principal of Eastern Alamance School where he was honored as Principal of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year.
Horace “Speed” Fulton, (Deceased) graduated from Parkland in 1972. Horace enjoyed a very successful career at Parkland where he was a three (3) year letterman in both Football and Track. Some of Horace’s achievements were All-City Track 1972, All County Track 1972, MVP Football 1971–1972, Football Co-Captain 1970-1971and Co-Captain Track 1970-1972. In football Horace highlighted his career by setting Parklands single rushing record of 159 yards in 15 carries: 16 per yard and for the longest run from scrimmage – 83 yards. These records stood for many years. Doug Crater, West Forsyth coach at the time stated “Parkland has a tremendous ground attack and probably the fastest halfback in the state (Horace Fulton)” Horace went on to play for Livingston College in Salisbury, NC where he received an athletic scholarship. During his time at Livingston, he became interested in the arts and was given the opportunity to audition for the NC School of the Arts. He was accepted and transferred to the NC School of the Arts where he completed his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. In 2001, Horace was inducted into the Winston-Salem Forsyth County High School Hall of Fame. His motto was “In confidence and in faith shall be my strength” After his athletic career Horace traveled the world, wrote and directed productions as well as working with the National Black Theater Festival. He was founder and director of the Annual W-S Star Search Showcase, which placed a lot of NC talent with recording and Filming Companies. He also founded and produced ‘Sounds in Action’ Dance Company. Horace was a devoted advocate and mentor for young people.
Danny M. Gathings graduated from Parkland in 1999. Danny played for Coach, Mike Pennington in 1998-1999 as the Small Forward for the Mustangs. As quoted by Pennington “He’s a big, tough kid, and can beat you rebounding, which may be what he does best. He can also bet you off the dribble, and can definitely beat you with his finishing. He’s the best finisher I’ve seen”. Danny enjoyed a very successful career at Parkland to include being selected to the following, All State-1999, All Conference 1998 & 1999, All County 1998 & 1999, MVP Class 3-A Final 1999 . Danny also played a major part in Parklands 1999 3-A State Championship, where he led the way for the Mustangs with a career-high 36 points. After graduating from Parkland, Danny went on to have a long and fruitful career in the world of basketball. He received the following recognitions, Big South Player of the year 2004, 2x First Team, All Big South 2003 & 2004, AP Honorable Mention, All American 2004, NCAA Sportsmanship Award 2004 and Big South Decade Team 2014. During his career he played for the following teams overseas, Aura Basketball Turku 2005-2006, Sallen Basketball 2006-2007, Korihait Basketball 2009 and Uppsala Basketball 2009-2012.
Michael A. Grace graduated from Parkland, Mike lettered in football and basketball. In 1970 he received the following awards for basketball, All City County, All Conference, lead team in recoveries, led team in assist by averaging 7 per game, (Mike still holds the record for assist in a single game – 14), led team in defense, led team to Conference Championship, District 4A Championship, and a top 8 finish in the State Basketball Tournament. Coach Tom Muse said Mike Grace was the “Smartest and best defensive player to come through Winston-Salem in the 50 plus years which I have coached.” After high school Grace attended UNC Asheville where he was a 3 year starter, he led team to 1971 District 6 Championship and trip to the NAIA Tournament. Mike holds the single season record for assists with 205 (1973-74). In 2007 he was inducted into UNC Asheville Hall of Fame and in 2015 he was inducted into the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame. Currently Mike is now defending people in court, being recognized as one of the best legal minds in the southeastern part of the United States
Robert E. Shields graduated from Parkland in 1966 and was part of Parklands first graduating class. He also served as the class president for that year. Roberts’s game of choice was football, he loved to compete! As a Mustang, Robert played both defense as a defensive end and offense as a split end. In 1965 he was selected to the City- County All-Star Team and Central 4-A All-Star Team for his play. Quote by The Journal and Sentinel “Gens Shields, Parkland end—A Fine all-around player, caught eight touchdowns passes as offensive end. Has good hands, good moves and was one of the Mustangs’ top defensive performers as well” In light of his excellent play, Shields was selected to compete /play in the Annual North / South Boys Home Bowl in Greenville, NC. Gene accepted a full football scholarship to the Citadel Military College of South Carolina, where he started and lettered all three seasons. Upon his graduation in 1970, Gene was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force where he served for twenty-four years. Gene continued his service to the military by accepting a position with Humana Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky. He retired in 2005 and now resides on the Isle of Palms, SC with Sherry, and his wife of 47 years. Gene and Sherry were blessed with three daughters and now have three grandsons.