'Dancing Bear' Marvin Murphy Has Died

The former teacher and coach retired from Tucker High School in 1997.

Marvin Murphy in his early days at Tucker High. Credit: Tucker High School Foundation
Marvin Murphy in his early days at Tucker High. Credit: Tucker High School Foundation
Marvin Murphy, a teacher and coach at Tucker High School for over three decades, has died. 

Murphy, a resident of Winder, Ga., was given the Longevity Award by the Tucker High School Foundation in June, 2012 for his services to education.  

During his tenure at Tucker High, Murphy taught social sciences, summer school, driver's education, and was the school's first soccer coach in 1966. He eventually became the field and track coach, a position he held for 15 years. 

"I created the first oval track at the school," Murphy told an interviewer last year. "I approached a contractor I knew and asked if he would scrape out an oval around the track. He asked me if I had permission and I said no, I'll get it afterwards." 

A Facebook post Friday from a former student said, "today we lost one of the most caring teachers that ever walked the halls of Tucker High School. Coach Murphy, better known as the Dancing Bear, improved the lives of his students for 33 years. Rest in Peace, Mr. Murphy, you will be missed."

Did you know Coach Murphy? Tell us about him in the comments below-
Cindy Knight November 22, 2013 at 05:25 PM
A caring and kind hearted teacher. RIP Coach Murphy.
Dennis H. Phillips December 03, 2013 at 09:45 AM
One of the great teachers. Coach Murphy will live in our memories. He really knew how to relate to his students, yet never lose control, I know, my class had some fairly rowdy guys.
L. A. Lewis January 04, 2014 at 12:27 PM
I graduated from THS in '74 and then did my student teaching there with Jean Hoffman (another THS faculty member who has left us) in the English department. Mr. Murphy, a man of many talents, came to my class and read poetry to the students in "Middle English' ... he was one heck of a teacher. I will never forget him.


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