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30 Celebrities Who Went To High School Together
Jun 21, 2017

30 Celebrities Who Went To High School Together

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You’d better keep touch with your high school mates! Some folks didn’t, and now they regret it.

Check out an incredible list of celebs that rubbed elbows throughout their school years! Some got estranged, others remained close friends, and we even have the classic locker room feud surviving pretty much intact until today.

1. Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg

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“He was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails. I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him.”

That’s how Cameron Diaz remembers Snoop Dogg, her colleague from Long Beach Polytechnic High School, California. The two might have kicked off their careers in different directions, but they remained close friends.

However, something doesn’t add up. The young lad smiling for his yearbook photo sports a buzz cut and goes by the name Calvin Broadus.

No, the school didn’t screw things up! Before becoming a world-class rapper and industrious marijuana dealer, the Dog went through transformations normal for someone his age.

School Picture Day came just in time to catch Calvin with a clean haircut that would have easily landed him a job. As for Cameron, she looks amazing, as always!

Do you think it’s possible the two dated at some point?

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Check out the rappers that engaged in rap turf wars right in the school yard!

2. Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes

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Not only did Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes went to the same high school, but they also faced each other in a rap battle that electrified the lunchroom.

George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School is the full name of the Brooklyn school that hosted such notable names from the rap Pantheon. And that’s just half the story!

They were joined by two other colleagues that grew up to become equally famous – The Notorious B.I.G and DMX. Time travelers probably booked tickets ahead for a chance to see history in the making.

For your information, it was Jay-Z who won the rap showdown. He surpassed Busta in both speed and originality. However, no grudges survived, and the two remained good friends.

Jay-Z and Busta were obvious troublemakers in school with Beyoncé’s husband even failing to graduate. Jay-Z used to sell crack cocaine and got himself three times in the process.

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On the next page, you get to see another surprising connection.

3. Eddie Redmayne and Prince William

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Can you spot the Oscar-winning actor and the Duke of Cambridge?

Contrary to what people believe, there are no special schools for Royals to isolate themselves from the mortals. However, there is something close enough – Eton College, Britain’s nursery for future successful individuals.

Despite being close pals and even playing in the rugby team, Eddie Redmayne and Prince William have not spoken to each other since leaving Eton. Naturally, people wanted to know more details?

Redmayne said two times “yes” when asked whether he saw the future King’s private parts and whether they got drunk together. The man that went home with a golden statuette for playing Stephen Hawkins in “The Theory of Everything” also added that everyone wanted to tackle the Prince on the field.

Redmayne and Prince William met at a fundraiser in 2015, and the flame instantly reignited. Isn’t it cute?

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Our next stars that shared a school had no idea how famous they would become someday.

4. Adele and Jessie J.

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“You don’t know you are going to be that when you are 16 and you’re eating your cheese sandwich on your break.”

That’s Jessie J. saying that she and colleagues Adele were clueless about the glory lying ahead. The two phenomenal singers shared the same school with another British star, Leona Lewis.

The prestigious BRIT School of London was also home for late Amy Winehouse. Nevertheless, she graduated years ahead of the formidable trio and settled her scores with life before her younger colleagues made it big.

Adele and Jessie J. did what every sound 16-year-old aspiring pop singer would do to maximize its shots at success – use each second of recess for rehearsal. If only the guys that bullied them for not obeying silence would have had a glimpse of what big shots they would turn one day… Most schools are meat grinders!

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You must read about the next A-list celebs hanging around in high school!

5. Lady Gaga and Nicky Hilton

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Lady Gaga and Nicky Hilton are pretty much the same regarding living the high life.

However, there is one extra detail most people overlook. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and Nicholai Olivia “Nicky” Hilton Rothschild first crossed paths by attending the same prestigious all-girl school.

The Convent of the Sacred Heart opened its doors to spoiled princesses of New York City in 1881 and had, since then, kept them in velvet and away from the dramas of the real world. But we forgot to add one crucial element to the mix.

The school is a Roman Catholic. That truly puts the transformation of Lady Gaga into perspective!

What happened with the rigid upbringing? Gaga badly needed to get out of her shell after the long years spent in that hellish incubator for nuns. She did it shockingly!

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High school was magic, and a celeb friendship shows you just why.

6. Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith

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Before Will Smith came along, Jada Pinkett enjoyed the company of another celeb.

Tupac Shakur is a living legend, and each set of candid shots bathes our keyboards in generous tears. However, this time we are happy to see him so close to a stunning lady we all love.

Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinket were such close friends because they attended Baltimore School for the Arts in the 1980s. This is where the hunt for sensational starts.

Your mom probably told you how boys and girls have a hard time keeping their camaraderie from evolving into romance. However, some rap lyrics left behind by Tupac made it clear the artist held a sincere appreciation for Jada as a friend, and nothing more.

We have to praise Jada! She was kind with us to reveal the soft side of a rapper known for edgy lyrics and his deadly involvement with the underworld of the genre.

Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith
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Check out two famous actors who probably fought over girls in high school.

7. Charlie Sheen and Robe Lowe

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The Californian Santa Monica High School was a breeding ground for some of the most reputed heartthrobs in Hollywood history.

Charlie Sheen and Rob Lowe went to high school together. What else have the two in common? Well, they both ignited their careers in Frat Pack movies that were surprisingly popular for the folks hitting the cinemas three decades ago.

Well, they both ignited their careers in Frat Pack movies that were surprisingly popular for the folks hitting the cinemas three decades ago. The two went on to become superstars.

Nevertheless, both Sheen and Lowe saw their careers intersecting with major personal slippages. Friendly advice – don’t google for what Rob did in 1988!

As for Charlie Sheen, we all know his “claim to fame.” Disastrous marriages, horrible public feuds, and a long history of substance abuse – those are the things people will remember him for. Everything can be explained with Sheen failing to finish high school.

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Nothing is more heart-warming than celebs helping each other at the start of their careers.

8. Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts

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Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts share a beautiful friendship that goes a long way back.

The two met each other when Watts moved to Sidney with her mother and stepfather. They both attended North Sydney Girls’ High School, although Naomi never graduated.

Focusing on lessons is quite hard when you have another gig going. Watts signed up for acting and modeling classes and the fact that Kidman chose a similar trajectory made it easy for them to connect.

The two year age gap turned Kidman into a role model and mentor for the younger British actress. Kidman was always there to support Watts until she finally scored a breakthrough with “Mulholland Drive.”

The two stars sharing the red carpet has become a familiar scene, and fans always cherish such beautiful friendships.

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Former classmates get reunited for a hit TV show in the next incredible story.

9. Claire Danes and Morena Baccarin

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“We were friendly. We knew each other, and now she is one of my very dearest friends.”

Both Claire Danes and Morena Baccarin have nice words to describe the time they spent together in junior high. The institution now called the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies offered “Homeland” two of its leading casts.

The world might be a small place, but the two to reunite for a TV show was by no means accidental. Those creepy producers probably hoped a bit of high school drama to resurface.

Nothing builds the chemistry between opposing characters like unsolved personal issues that happened on less glamorous hallways during recess.

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Check out the promised celeb feud that had its roots in the high school years.

10. Kevin Spacey and Val Kilmer

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Kevin Spacey and Val Kilmer both attended Chatsworth High School in the San Fernando Valley, California.

That’s where the good part ends. This is not another story of how former colleagues remained good friends despite conquering fame and recognition at the highest of levels.

The second photo is a bit misleading and was probably taken before things went cold before Spacey and Kilmer. The actor that now ranks high thanks to his role in “House of Cards” had a very rough time landing his early roles.

The story goes that Spacey was close to defaulting on his tuition fee. Desperate to continue his education at the prestigious Julliard in New York, Spacey borrowed $18,000 from Val’s father.

You might think that Spacey paid that back once he booked a place amongst the millionaires in Hollywood. Wrong! The man that won two Oscars signed only a $1,000 check and made the whole deal vanish from his memory.

Whether true or not, the theory might explain why the two never put their feud to rest.

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We go back to the high school that enrolled the most future stars as their students.

11. Robert Downey Jr. and Sean Penn

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Charlie Sheen and Robe Lowe were not the only ones who attended Santa Monica High School.

The list of celebs that assembled on the hallways also includes Robert Downey Jr. and Sean Penn. While that might sound dreamy, for girls it was a real nightmare. Can you imagine of having to turn down Rob Lowe so that you don’t miss the chance of dating RDJ?

Can you imagine of having to turn down Rob Lowe so that you don’t miss the chance of dating RDJ?

Sean Penn had no option but to kick off his career with the group of actors known as the Brat Pack. However, his performances gradually evolved in quality to the point of granting him two Best Actor Academy Awards.

Robert Downey Jr. might not be Oscar material, but he is the uncrowned king of the box office. If only teachers at Santa Monica High knew what greatness lied in front of them.

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The next relation between famous individuals is incredible.

12. David Duchovny and John F. Kennedy Jr.

David Duchovny and John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Conspiracy theory buffs have a great reason to cheer.

Now they have a legitimate reason to put “X-Files” and Kennedy in the same drawer without facing ridicule. David Duchovny and John F. Kennedy Jr. (the son of JFK) shared a classroom at New York’s Collegiate School.

The two didn’t stay in touch and destiny intervened dramatically, making any reunion improbable, at least if we dismiss the afterlife.

Duchovny became one of the most recognized figures of the small screen thanks to his Fox Mulder persona. The bone-chilling X-Files title sequence made the 1990s an excellent period to “believe” in the paranormal being real.

As for John F. Kennedy Jr., he wasn’t that lucky. Despite enjoying the wealth of his family, he met a tragic fate at the hands of one of his hobbies. John lost control of the Piper Saratoga he was flying and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in July 1999.

David Duchovny and John F. Kennedy Jr.
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High school helps see how much celebs have changed. It gets even better if they pose together!

13. Jennifer Aniston and Chaz Bono

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Let’s play a game of spot the differences!

What changed between the high school photo showing young Jennifer Aniston and Chastity Sun Bono together and where we are today?

We don’t mean the obvious thing, silly. Everyone knows how Aniston turned into the all-American sweetheart.

Chastity, daughter of Cher, discovered she would be better off as a man, so the obvious sex-change operation came in line to unleash what we know today as Chaz. While Jenny was busy building her career around her performance in “Friends,” Chaz exploited the controversies surrounding his claim to fame as a transgender.

The first photo shows Chaz and Jennifer sharing the dorms at Fiorello La Guardia School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in New York City.

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Check out another high school friendship that passed the test of time.

14. Lauryn Hill and Zach Braff

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Lauryn Hill and Zach Braff share one of the most surprising connections between two celebs.

J.D from “Scrubs” and Lauryn Noelle Hill attended the same school in New Jersey and became close friends at the age of 12. Just to give you a scale of their attachment, Hill even attended Braff’s bar mitzvah.

Everyone’s favorite medical intern can probably give us answers regarding what led to “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” the most acclaimed solo album of the African-American R&B singer.

As you probably know, life went rough on the 42-year-old singer and songwriter. Lauryn Hill “forgot” to pay income tax and had to embark on an unexpected tour of the penitentiary system. She might have served just three months, but that’s enough to have your brand severely damaged.

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Our list ends in style with an admirable example of collegiality.

15. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon conclude the list with a superb sample of male camaraderie that survived the decades.

Hollywood is known for the many fake friendships. Promoting the same film or just looking good on the red carpet, celebs have plenty of reason to mimic spending quality time together.

This was not the case with Ben and Matt. The two A-list actors went to the same school, and high school and their bond celebrated wonderful milestones.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon hit the jackpot with “Good Will Hunting.” The 1997 production brought them an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and signaled their potential to become huge stars.

Damon was always there for Affleck in troubled times like his three failed relationships with Jennifers (Gardner, Lopez, and Aniston) or the “Batman vs. Superman” flop.

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