University School principal was a tall man with a big heart

University School Principal Troy Knechtel was 6 feet, 10 inches tall. …

Knechtel died on July 23 in Flat Rock, North Carolina, from the effects of multiple system atrophy, a degenerative neurological disorder he was diagnosed with last year. He was 55.

Knechtel was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1963, and aided by his stature, played basketball at Hemet High School, Westmont College and professionally in Germany and Brazil, according to his biography on the Groce Funeral Home website. more

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