During her time as a student at Hillsboro High School from 1944-1948, Jackie Turner excelled in academics, athletics, and leadership. She participated as a member of the Basketball Team, the Girls Athletic Association, National Honor Society, and Student Council. During her senior year, she was recognized as Most Valuable Player, Science Medalist, and Class Valedictorian.
As a teacher, Miss Turner returned to her alma mater and served the school and the students from 1956-1987. In addition to her role teaching Chemistry/AP Chemistry, she served as coach for Women’s Basketball from 1956-1980 as well as Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball for a few years along the way, helping lead her students to multiple championships in multiple sports. In 1982, the Tennessean referred to her as “the dean of Women’s Volleyball coaches, if not the dean of women’s athletics in Nashville.”