2013 Inductees

  • The Wall of Fame program is designed to ensure that the lives and achievements of Great Valley’s most accomplished graduates will be forever known among fellow graduates, current and future high school students, and the Great Valley community. The Wall of Fame program celebrates the ongoing success of Great Valley alumni: to their community, their profession, and our world. Inductees serve as role models for current students and their lives are a testimony to the strong foundation built by a Great Valley education.

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 John Whitelock, Class of 1963

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John Whitelock, Class of 1963

Mr. Whitelock is a member of Great Valley High School’s first graduating class and was Great Valley’s first senior class president. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg State College and his master’s degree in educational administration from Villanova University. Mr. Whitelock was a highly respected teacher, first in the Norristown Area School District, and then at Great Valley High School for 37 years, where he was also an athletic coach, student activities director and business department chair. After his retirement, Mr. Whitelock returned to Great Valley in 2006 as interim athletic director. In the early 1980s, Mr. Whitelock was honored as the Business Education Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Future Business Leaders of America. He was inducted to the Conestoga Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Great Valley Football Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2009, he became an adjunct professor at Immaculata University, teaching business computer applications. Mr. Whitelock was a Cub Scout den father and troop leader and volunteered as a little league and Babe Ruth baseball coach. Mr. Whitelock was the first teacher of the Desmond Project at Great Valley High School, a program he helped develop. Today, he continues to volunteer for the Great Valley School District as an eighth grade softball and football coach. Mr. Whitelock’s motto has always been: “There is more to being a teacher and coach than what you do in the classroom or on the practice field.”

 Chester Darlington, Sr., Class of 1964

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Chester Darlington, Sr., Class of 1964

Judge Darlington is a decorated Vietnam Veteran who also served his local community as a volunteer firefighter in Malvern Borough. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and Penn State University, he was a police officer for 20 years in East Whiteland Township. In 1990, he became the elected District Justice for Malvern, with his judicial area extending into East Whiteland. In addition, Judge Darlington was a coach for various sports teams and is a past president of the Great Valley High School Gridiron Club. Judge Darlington’s community involvement also includes Board of Director positions for several organizations, including the Paoli Memorial Hospital Advisory Board for Addictive Diseases, the Paoli Memorial Association, and the Malvern Institute. He is a member of the Malvern Civic Association and the Boy Scouts of America, Willistown Troop 78. He is currently an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College where he teaches criminal justice in the municipal police academy.

 George R. Jensen, Jr., Class of 1966

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George R. Jensen, Jr., Class of 1966

Mr. Jensen earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Tennessee, where he received a track and field scholarship and was the South-East Conference Champion and All American in the shot put. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is currently president of new business at Lloyd Bancaire, a global $32 billion private equity firm, and is founder, chairman and CEO of Jensen Expansion Capital, Inc., and Jensen Ventures, Inc. His other professional endeavors include various leadership positions, including CEO and founder of several companies. Mr. Jensen is included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance, and has been featured in numerous TV, radio, and print interviews. In 1989, he was named by Earnst & Young LLP as Entrepreneur of the Year for the Philadelphia area. Over the course of his career, Mr. Jensen raised over $650 million for various ventures and created more than 2,600 jobs. His philanthropic interests focus on Christian organizations, the Boy Scouts of America, and helping disabled people.