Jonah Armstrong

Mr. Conners in the shop at Taft High.

Mr. Conners built a lifetime of memories and more

Wood shop teacher Gene Conners has worked at Taft High for 20 years with his career at TUHS beginning in 1998. He will be retiring from his position as the wood shop teacher. Conners has also taught Drivers Ed. during his time here at Taft High. After a long and adventurous career at TUHS, and also overcoming a recent clash with throat cancer in 2015-16, Conners has continued to persevere and even received the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” award. Conners has been a part of many projects that have been done here at Taft High and has been at the helm of many of them.

Conners was asked what his contributions have been to TUHS, saying, “I’ve built the conference room table and the board room table. I’ve built all of the cabinets in front of the guidance center. I’ve also built the Hall of Fame cabinets with my classes. I couldn’t have done it without them, seriously–because they’re huge.” Conners was then inquired on what had the most impact on him throughout his long career, and he stated, “I met my wife here.” Conners then was asked what he would miss most about TUHS, to which he replied, “I really enjoyed my prep periods.” Conners was asked about what he will be doing once he has officially retired, to which he said, “It will consist of motorcycles, dirt bikes, mountain bikes and, road bikes. With fishing and hunting.” Conners has put forth much of his personal time to working on projects in the hopes to improve the school for its staff, students and future generations yet to come. He has left his mark on Taft High with his long service, lasting contributions and beautiful work.

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