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)
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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 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. The students 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.

He credited Davis with playing a key role in the band's development. Davis did 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 album "Cooleyhighharmony." The group 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 (44)
  • QuinnC-Cal
    10/21/2014 - 10:30 a.m.

    Wayne Morris' high school was not a typical high school for sure. It was different from other high schools in many ways. One way was that it was a creative performing high school. Morris said you would never want to be absent at his school. Morris said there were so many talented people there and that another four guys could've been the Boys II Men but they just happened tobe the ones to get out. Ladeva Davis ( theband teacher who syill teaches ther today) said that the Morris' were al well behaved and precious. That shows thry had a good teacher. Also the other evidemce shows that there were good people that went therel

  • RobertS-Cal
    10/21/2014 - 11:47 a.m.

    Did you know that BoysII Men recently in residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas and also served as a NBCs ''The Sing -Off

  • ReaganA-Cal
    10/21/2014 - 12:16 p.m.

    Wayne Morris' high school is different from other high schools because it is primarily about the performing arts. The school has many signing performances. They also put on plays and theatrical performances on a schedule

  • Ansley02
    10/21/2014 - 05:57 p.m.

    I was surprised to find how down to earth the members of the group were. I expected them to be conceited and rude, but they proved to be quite the opposite of that. When they said that anyone from their school could have made it as far as them, I knew my first opinion was wrong. I enjoyed hearing that they talked to their old teacher when they performed at the high school they went to. Their school is very different than other high schools, seeing as it focuses on performing arts. Personally, I think it would be fun to go to a school like that. Overall I thought this article was well written and enjoyable.

  • oliviam32
    10/21/2014 - 06:00 p.m.

    I think that I is great that the boys to men group got to go back and expierence there childhood. I love this band, it reminds of watching the sing off with my whole family. It's great that people at their age gets to have a throw back and see people their age that they haven't seen in forever! Many people get to go to highschool reunions and it's sounds like a blast from the past.

  • angelm-Cre
    10/22/2014 - 11:56 a.m.

    omgggg i love boys ll men they r my favorite men group its a good thing to see them back tho so plz comment if u ant to know more about them

  • kendalli585
    10/22/2014 - 12:00 p.m.

    The high school is different because they said in the story the you didn't want to be absent or late. I think it would be awesome to have them come and sing.

  • OWEN576
    10/22/2014 - 12:10 p.m.

    I thing that this story is inspiring, because of the way the person wrote it. While I read this I was focused on what the author was going to write next . Here is my opinion, the reason why I like this story is because it has a good reason why it was written. I liked this story,because it was about this band that started out in a high school by these two boys who liked music. This was the reason why I liked the story. .

  • TranieceGayden-Pet
    10/23/2014 - 01:09 p.m.

    I think that that school is different from other schools because its a performing arts school. and no one wants to be late for any classes, I mean what kid or teen would want to go to the same class every single day. but for me if it was performing I would want to go every day. I like my school but really love schools were you can have show cases.my school does though have talent show but I think show cases are better. because you would basically no every body there.

  • courtneyf-Sch
    10/23/2014 - 02:00 p.m.

    i think its amazing that they went back to there old high school to perform after they got a grammy the high school student there probably were excited that Boy 11 came back to there old school to perform for them.

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