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THE WALL: Alumnus John Clark recalls high school challenges

Have you ever stopped to catch a glimpse at the Wall of Honor? We launch a series of interviews with noted alumni with a profile of a noted sports broadcaster.
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John B. Clark ’93 snaps a photo with The Panther Press’s Matteo Ventresca at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 30.

John B. Clark is an Emmy-winning sports broadcaster for NBC Sports Philadelphia. He has covered some of the biggest stories in Philadelphia sports history, including the Eagles appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX and the 2006 NFL Hall of Fame Game. 

Clark graduated from Strath Haven in 1993, and later from college at Temple University. 

“I wish I could go back and redo those high school years,” Clark said. “Strath Haven is an awesome school for a lot of opportunities.” 

Coming into high school was one of the most challenging parts of Clark’s life. He struggled as a student with attention deficit disorder. ADD is the term commonly used to describe a neurological condition with symptoms of inattention, distractibility and poor working memory.

“It was kind of a struggle as my high school years went on because I noticed that I was learning differently or had trouble concentrating and had trouble paying attention,” Clark said.

ADD continues to affect Clark in his adult life. To this day, he needs a constant noise in the background to concentrate on one thing at a time. ADD was not a common diagnosis when he was in high school, so it was harder to get support for it.

“I don’t think, back then, most people knew how to deal with ADD,” Clark said. “I can only concentrate on something or when I’m reading something, I can only remember it if I’m listening to music or have a constant noise that blocks out all other little noises.”

His best moment in high school was graduating. After all the struggle, he was able to finish, and the end of high school is when he felt he was at his best. 

“I really had a struggle in the last couple years of high school with ADD, and it was really hard for me,” Clark said. “So being able to actually graduate was a big thrill.”

Clark tried out for the football, tennis, basketball, and baseball teams but couldn’t make any of them. Yet, he was motivated to keep sports in his life. 

“I think sports is one of the most amazing things ever,” Clark said. “I think sports teach you about teamwork. It teaches you about being humble, accountable, and a team player. It’s not about you as an individual. It’s about what’s best for the team. Sports is such a good teacher of life and how to be a good team player and always looking out for your fellow man.”

On Nov. 26, 2017, Clark witnessed the Strath Haven Marching Band play at an Eagles game. Clark explains how it was a fantastic experience and how the band was one of the coolest things about the school.

“I was looking down onto the field from the press box, and I was like, wow, that is cool,” Clark said. “To see them on the field at the Linc. They took up a lot of the field.”

Even back when he was in high school, the band was a hit in Wallingford. It was powerful and could be heard from anywhere.

“I remember growing up as a kid you could hear the band from everywhere in Wallingford or Media when they were practicing, you could hear from a mile away,” Clark said.

When it comes to being on the Wall of Honor, Clark doesn’t know why he is on the wall. He thinks his success moved the school to add him. 

“I think coming back home to Philadelphia, my hometown, and being a sportscaster, maybe moved them to include me in it,” Clark said. “Without that, I wouldn’t be on the wall, because I don’t think I was the most exemplary student.”

Clark is humble about his accomplishments, but proud of his alma mater. “I am very proud to have graduated from Strath Haven High School,” he said.

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Matteo Ventresca '25, Managing Editor of Print
Matteo Ventresca is the Managing Editor for Print for The Panther Press. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, as well as playing the trombone.
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    SteveFeb 11, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Great article!!

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    FabriziaFeb 1, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Bravo Matteo !!

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    GaiaJan 13, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Good job Matteo, great interview!

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    Sylvan Prey-HarbaughDec 22, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Yes Matteo! Great Awesome interview!!

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      Matteo VentrescaDec 22, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Thanks!

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