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At 106, Beverly man proud to hold H.S. diploma

BEVERLY — As his high school graduation ceremony dragged on through official speaker after official speaker, Fred Butler got a bit restless. Fairly typical behavior for a high school student, but Butler is far from a typical high schooler. He is 106 years old.

On Monday, Beverly High School presented Butler with an honorary degree, something he was never able to achieve in the classroom. He dropped out of school after the eighth grade to help support his mother and five younger siblings.

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