Boyz II Men go back to their high school Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, performs at his alma mater, Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia (AP photos)
Boyz II Men go back to their high school
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Members of the Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men returned to their roots with a concert at their old stomping grounds, a performing arts high school they attended and remember being just like the TV show "Fame."

"You had girls, you know, walking around in their leotards, plie-ing all over the hallways ..." said Shawn Stockman.

"Dudes sitting on the stairs drawing ..." added Wanya Morris.

"It was a school you never wanted to be absent, you never wanted to be late," said Nathan Morris.

The R&B group met more than two decades ago at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts. On Tuesday they held a private show there for about 300 students and Sirius XM subscribers. SiriusXM plans to broadcast the show on Tuesday, Oct. 21, the day the band's album "Collide" comes out.

The trio performed in an auditorium with dozens of students on stage, who cheered and clapped along to their opening song, the '90s megahit "Motownphilly." The crooners are also known for ballads like "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road."

Before the concert, the band caught up with mentor LaDeva M. Davis, who still teaches dance at the school.

But later, turning serious, he credited Davis with playing a key role in the band's development by doing everything from producing their showcases to making sure they got to class on time.

"Aw, thank you," Davis said. "You all were precious. You were very well behaved."

"We tried," said Wanya Morris, breaking into laughter. "I tried."

Stockman now lives in Los Angeles; Nathan Morris resides in Philadelphia and Wanya Morris, who is not related, lives nearby in New Jersey.

They also spoke about other noteworthy classmates, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, who formed the band The Roots.

"There were so many talented people in there, we always say that any other four guys could have been Boyz II Men," Nathan Morris said. "We just happened to be the ones to get out."

Boyz II Men was a quartet when they debuted in 1991 with the hit album "Cooleyhighharmony" and followed up with the best-selling "II." Member Michael McCary later left the group, but the others continued to make music. Their last album, "Twenty," was released in 2011.

The band has recently been in residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Stockman has also served as a judge on NBC's "The Sing-Off."

Critical thinking challenge: How was Wayne Morris high school different from a typical high school?

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COMMENTS (15)
  • claudiam-Koc
    10/19/2014 - 06:37 p.m.

    Wayne Morris' high school was different from another high school because of the motivation and environment. A normal public high school would be more different because of the values and surroundings. Morrises high school had more inspiration and every corner. When Boyz II Men came back it was shown that it was a great high school but that any anything for men were able to be the Boyz II Men it just happened to be they were the ones who came out first . It was an art school where students danced, sang, drew. Creative students liked his high school because it was their escape. Where normal high school it is all the same almost like robots you are taught the same topics and your individuality is lost . And other high school students are scared to show who they really are The Morris high school inspired many students to become who they are now The Boyz II Men have made it so far that they still have albums and from formants is in one of the most tourist liked cities. The first hour was dropped in 1991 by Boyz II Men and continue to make albums every so often within the years. There's talent everywhere it up to you how you show it off and how you make it make your dream come true

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    10/19/2014 - 11:06 p.m.

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  • mosesv-Koc
    10/19/2014 - 11:37 p.m.

    It's very interesting to see Boyz II Men return to their high school. No one would ever expect to see Boyz II Men do something like this. They were really popular in the 90's and were well known by their fans back then. Today they are still popular in the late 2000's.

  • alizel-Koc
    10/20/2014 - 12:38 a.m.

    I think it's always nice to visit your childhood memories. Especially, your schools. Whether it's elementary, middle, or high-school. It's the most nicest things, especially when you've made so many great memories. & For the Boyz II Men, I wish they went to Silverado High School, because meeting them would be a wish come true. Truly admire them, & their music!

  • TaylorHartman-Ste
    10/20/2014 - 09:05 a.m.

    I think that it is really neat that they took time to go back to their high school and perform for those students. It is rare to read about a high school that allowed the students to be who they really wanted to be, and be themselves.

  • jennaw-Koc
    10/20/2014 - 09:51 a.m.

    Boyz II Men went to a pretty cool high school, I like that they got to get back in touch with their old teachers. I enjoyed reading this. Also, I liked that they put on a show for their old school.

  • BAlyssa-Sti
    10/20/2014 - 10:04 a.m.

    That was cool they came back to there high school and talked and preformed. It sounds like they loved that high school. It seems they learned a lot there.

  • JacobM-5
    10/20/2014 - 04:55 p.m.

    This article is about the famous musical group Boyz II going back to there home high school all the way back in Philadelphia. Boyz II won the Grammy's and went on to hosting shows and much more, but they decided to go back to there high school to have a private concert for the students of there highshool. I liked this article because it shows a true story, and tells a great story about some a very famous group giving back to the community.

  • MikaylaStazewski-Ste
    10/21/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    Every time I see "Boys II Men" i truly think of the movies Men In Black. However, whoever the men are, if they visited my high school, i would make sure it was a day that i would not miss.

  • KCheyenne-Cas
    10/22/2014 - 05:58 p.m.

    I would first like to say that I actually know who they are and the songs! My mom has the CD and plays it in the car all the time. I think that it is inspiring that they went back to their old high school. Most stars get all caught up in the limelight and forget how that started out. Most started out in the poorest parts of the city but now that they have money they forget the struggle that they when through. I am so glad that they never forget where they came from. I hope that they continue to go back to Philly and keep in touch with the people they grow up with.

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