High-school yearbook photos are, by design, super awkward. They capture the gawkiest phases of our lives, and offer a time capsule for whatever inane references or personal messages (K.I.T. T.T.Y.L. B.F.F.) seemed relevant to us at that moment.
Wait, so no leather jacket or kicking a jukebox with Potsie and Richie? So confused …
So he went by “Tort” rather than “Torts” back then. And he wanted Dooley’s job (he got Renney’s job). And he enjoyed “Saturday Night Live”. And, apparently, bathroom brawls – wonder if they were staged? Also, WHERE IS MUSKY?!?!
WHDH 7 News explored John Tortorella: The High School Years. From WHDH:
Tortorella’s name is etched in a plaque in the high school’s hall of fame. Dick Kerr was a young teacher in 1976 when Tortorella graduated. His nickname was Tort and he was captain of the hockey team.
“He’s a spunky guy as we know…my understanding from the people that know him is that he’s always been like that. He’s a hard-nosed competitor,” said Kerr, the Concord-Carlisle High School lacrosse coach.
Meanwhile, we’ve also acquired this high-school yearbook photo of Claude Julien: