In Loving Memory of John Paul Sharp
1941 – 2003


Coach, Teacher, Mentor and Friend


While many of us like to think of ourselves as ‘self-starters’, human beings are a push-start creature. We all owe a part of our being to those that have ‘pushed’ us along the way: our parents, our teachers, our coaches, and our friends.

For many of us, Mr. Sharp was part of that ‘push’ in life when we needed to be pushed. His care and concern came at us through the bullhorn, in the school hallways, and throughout our high school days in the form of intensity and genuine interest in seeing us live to our full potential. He has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of runners and students, and his voice is still echoing in our adult ears today as we push ourselves to be the best we can be.

Mr. Sharp led the Viking Runners to be one of the top Cross Country teams in the United States through the 1980s and 1990s.  Winning 5 Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) titles in the 1980s (83,84,86,87,88) and 3 titles in the 1990s (90,91,95), the Viking Runners dominated the sport and their Philadelphia Belmont Plateau turf.

Thank you, Mr. Sharp for all that you’ve done in our lives. May we pass along that motivation, care and concern with the hope and desire to help others in all that we do.


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