John L. "Coach" Taylor Achievement Award

John L. Taylor is a graduate of Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi and did further studies at the University of Mississippi.

In 2008, he retired from Independence High School, Tate County, Mississippi after rendering 39 years of service as assistant principal, teacher, and coach.

He is an active member of the Chulahoma Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as deacon, clerk, and Adult Sunday School teacher. "Coach" Taylor is married to the former Naomi Thomas and is the father of three children, and has two grandchildren.

In his spare time, he serves as a General Education Diploma Instructor at Northwest Community College; an Independent Ability-to-Benefit Tester; and Election Commissioner for District Four, Marshall County, Mississippi.

His service and influence on young people is reflected in these words: "A hundred year from now, it will not matter how much money was in my bank account, where I lived or what type of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

This achievement award is established in recognition of the service rendered to public education, the community, and his commitment to helping young people achieve their goals and dreams in becoming productive citizens.

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