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Alumni Update: Taharri Turner, MHS ‘94

TAHARRI TURNER, who graduated from Manchester High School in 1994, is a health and physical education teacher at the Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, Mass.

Background: Born in Hartford, Taharri moved to Manchester at the end of sixth grade. He was a star basketball player at both Bennet Middle School and MHS -- where he was team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior. As a senior, he was chosen one of the top 100 players in the state and earned honorable mention status for the McDonald’s All American team. He says his favorite subjects in school were “English and Phys Ed, of course.”

After MHS: Taharri attended UMass-Boston and earned a bachelor’s of science in secondary education with a minor in coaching. He was also a basketball standout in college, scoring 1289 points during his career (fourth-highest in school history) and earning second-team all-conference status in 1996-97.

These Days: In addition to teaching at FPMS for the past 12 years, Taharri coaches boys’ basketball and girls’ soccer at the school. He is married and the father of three children. His is also the founder and director of TT’s Skilz N Drillz basketball camp.

Manchester Memories: Taharri says he was an at-risk teen who was lucky to have had the support of his basketball coaches, Dan Bebyn (then at Bennet, now at Illing) and Frank Kinel (then at MHS, now retired to Florida). “Being in high school -- those are the best years of your life,” he says. “MHS was like a second home. It was like family to me.”

Words of Wisdom (for Today’s Students): “Commitment, hard work, and dedication are the keys to success in anything you do.”

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