High School Quotes

Yeah, I left Idaho at 17. You know, I graduated high school a year early and just, you know, the typical story, packed up my car and moved out.

— Aaron Paul

The mosque was the neighbourhood house of worship, but it was also the place where my high school friends and I came to study.

— Ahmed Zewail

When I was in high school, I listened to a lot of death metal bands.

— Amy Lee

Like now what Urban Outfitters has become is very much how I always dressed in high school by going to garage sales and getting stuff for 50 cents. Cost a little more now, to look like crap.

— Amy Lee

By the time I was in high school, Roe v. Wade had passed, so that was also happening girls were getting pregnant and getting abortions – and that happened in my school too.

— Annette Bening

In elementary school, I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school, I failed all my courses.

— Avi

I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it. You don’t have a lot of options in Indiana anyway, though, so I didn’t want to stay there. I graduated early and worked a bunch of really odd jobs, and then I joined the Marines.

— Adam Driver

I mean, I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it.

— Adam Driver

I never wore full-on eyeliner in high school, but I wanted to.

— Adam Lambert

My dad never graduated high school. He was a printing salesman. We lived in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We weren’t rich – but we felt secure.

— Al Franken

When I entered the pros, I was a young kid in the major leagues. I was 18 years old, right out of high school. I thought I knew everything, and I clearly didn’t.

— Alex Rodriguez

I was a very awkward high schooler, especially in early high school.

— Aaron Tveit

My senior year of high school, I got into UCLA, but my family couldn’t afford it.

— Adam DeVine

Well, I’ve never been in a touring rock band, it was all just high school and college, playing toga parties in frat houses.

— Alessandro Nivola

I think if you’re a ‘tiger parent’ early on, you don’t need to be a ‘helicopter parent’ in high school.

— Amy Chua

When I got into high school, clarinet was not really in fashion. Everybody had electric bands.

— Anat Cohen

I went to a public high school with a magnet program for law and psychology. But right before my junior year, I decided that I wanted to leave and become an actress, so I graduated early and moved out to L.A.

— Ashley Greene

When I was in high school, my mom worked at Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I was always there.

— Abbi Jacobson

I was a jock in college and high school, but I didn’t hang out with the jocks. I was sort of a nerd who didn’t look like a nerd. I never really fit into any social set.

— Adam Rapp

I want to finish high school, but that will be it.

— Adolfo Cambiaso

I developed a prejudice in high school that it was all going to be boring. That kind of teenage, why-do-I-have-to-read-these-goddamn-classics feeling. And then you discover that the classics are classics because they’re lively. They don’t stick around because they’re boring. If they’re boring, they go away.

— Aimee Bender

You know, when you go to high school or, you know, when kids are younger and there’s not an understanding of differences. But I built up a very strong, thick skin.

— Alexander Wang

The first time I acted was in high school in Florida, and when I heard that applause I felt so alive and felt that electricity go up my spine.

— Angela Bassett

The old fiction room at my high school was a small box of wonders, and no matter how long I spent investigating its seven and a half overstuffed shelves, I never stopped discovering treasures.

— Alaya Dawn Johnson

When I was in high school, I didn’t feel like I had to pile on the APs in order to look good to colleges. High-achieving classmates didn’t use private tutors.

— Alexandra Robbins

I had a hard enough time in high school, fitting in without having to keep up with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – all these ways you have to keep up your image.

— Amanda Crew

I did television a lot in my earlier years, so to do the high school student that’s just the pretty girl, I’ve done that before, so I don’t have any interest in that.

— Amanda Crew

High school was so much fun, and it wasn’t a wreck at all.

— AnnaSophia Robb

I grew up in Cleveland and started doing plays in high school. And I went to the University of Illinois, and I majored in drama. And after school, I went up to Chicago, because I didn’t really know anybody in New York or Los Angeles, and I knew people who were doing plays in Chicago.

— Alan Ruck

Apparently nobody really read it, it was a cheap movie, it fit their schedule in terms of things so fine, let the guy make that high school comedy. I used to work with Mel Brooks so they figured oh it’s going to be one of those really silly movies and that’s how it got made.

— Barry Levinson

I don’t want to get too detailed into it, but when you’re a good high school running back, you can almost be whatever type of runner you want to be. If you’re a good size and a good athlete, you can be whatever type of runner you want.

— Barry Sanders

I played the trumpet for nine years, and then I joined the choir after that, and then I was in musicals in high school.

— Bebe Rexha

When I entered high school I was an A-student, but not for long. I wanted the fancy clothes. I wanted to hang out with the guys. I went from being an A-student to a B-student to a C-student, but I didn’t care. I was getting the high fives and the low fives and the pats on the back. I was cool.

— Ben Carson

My girlfriend Rhonda, who’s now my wife, I graduated from high school, she got pregnant. My grandfather said, ‘You’ve got to do the right thing.’

— Bernie Mac

Then, when I was a senior in high school, I was kind of bereft and she put me in an acting class.

— Beth Henley

In high school, all my friends’ older brothers had these cars. I had a number of friends whose brothers collected Dodges and Plymouths and some of the coolest cars I’ve ever seen when I was a kid. I was just flabbergasted.

— Bill Goldberg

In high school, there are so many cliques. You’re never safe.

— Blake Lively

As a 9th grader, I competed with the high school kids and out of 600 people, I finished 10th.

— Bo Jackson

For the most part, I’ve stayed as far away as possible from high school movies. I just don’t find them to be that relatable to everybody? They become like this: ‘Look at that period of time. Isn’t that interesting?’

— Brie Larson

When general relativity was first put forward in 1915, the math was very unfamiliar to most physicists. Now we teach general relativity to advanced high school students.

— Brian Greene

Yes, I took up the guitar when I was about 14 or 15, in high school.

— Beau Bridges

High school wasn’t so bad though because, by then, I had worked out that there were far more nerdy kids and poor kids than there were rich, popular kids, so, at the very least, we had them outnumbered.

— Beth Ditto

For the next approximately three years, I have got Nathan to take care of. I know that once he graduates from high school, he will be off doing whatever it is he is going to be doing – probably playing ice hockey.

— Barbara Mandrell

In high school I had B’s and C’s, not too many A’s, but I must have done well on that medical school test, and I must have had some charisma in the interview, so I ended up in medicine. Being a general practitioner was all I aspired to.

— Barry Marshall

I was a choir boy for 3 years in high school at St. George’s in Newport, Rhode Island.

— Billy Bush

I was a huge nerd in high school. Sure, I socialized – but I was definitely a nerd.

— Bella Heathcote

I moved from Minnesota to Las Vegas when I was 13, so I spent my high school years there and did some things I’m not proud of.

— Beth Riesgraf

I’m very much half-American – my mom is American. I grew up in Australia until I was 16, then I finished high school over here because I got into this performing arts high school.

— Betty Who

When I started running cross-country and track in high school, literally every race was a failure.

— Chad Hurley

I had an all right high school, even though I hated school. I wasn’t massively popular, but I was okay. But I wouldn’t want to do it again.

— Channing Tatum

Our house was like a hotel. It was a loony-tunes household. If you got arrested in high school, everyone knew: ‘Call Mrs. Evans she’ll bail you out.’

— Chris Evans

In high school, I once sang ‘Let’s Get It On’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ with a band that included my English teacher and my math teacher.

— Chris Pine

I got along better with the guys than with the girls. Only two girls came up to talk to me. Later I found out they were telling their boyfriends, ‘If you talk to her, I’ll kill you.’ It’s always rough with that high school thing.

— Christina Aguilera

Being famous is just like being in high school. But I’m not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She’s the cheerleader, and I’m out in the smoker shed.

— Courtney Love

You know, in the 1970’s, when I was in high school, I belonged to a band called the Happy Funk Band. Until an unfortunate typo caused us to be expelled from school.

— Colin Mochrie

After high school, I drove out to L.A. with a friend of mine who had just graduated also, and I started auditioning. I got an agent, but it was all ‘Saved By the Bell’ auditions.

— Casey Affleck

I moved to L.A. right out of high school, but not to act. I think I chose it because it was on the same time zone as Seattle, where I’m from.

— Cam Gigandet

I was a really big R.E.M. fan when I was like, in my freshman year of high school. I was a huge R.E.M. fan.

— Corin Tucker

While I was in high school, I started working professionally and got an agent.

— Charlene Tilton

I wanted to draw and do costumes. I was prepared to train for that, but I needed something to do on my time off from high school, so I called an agent without telling anyone and started working with her.

— Clemence Poesy

But yeah, I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured my thumb, so my bass career went bye-bye.

— Colin Hanks

Actually, I failed drama in high school because of nerves. I wasn’t able to memorize the words. I had complete stage fright.

— Constance Marie

I’m 18, I’m going to graduate high school in a few months.

— Camilla Belle

When I was in high school in the early 1970s, we knew we were running out of oil we knew that easy sources were being capped we knew that diversifying would be much better we knew that there were terrible dictators and horrible governments that we were enriching who hated us. We knew all that and we did really nothing.

— Carl Safina

I did musical theater, and I did dancing for what it was at the performing arts high school that I went to. I went to a school where I was there on a scholarship. So I think when you’re on a scholarship, you always work a tad harder, or you want to work a tad harder than the next person.

— Cassie Ventura

I wanted to be something and prove to girls in high school, and to my mum and dad, that I could be really… spectacular.

— Charlotte McKinney

We went to a very small high school. It was, like, in a wooded house it was a weird school. I hung out with a lot of guys in high school, and I did theater with a few of my close girlfriends.

— Chelsea Peretti

I wasn’t even a theater kid in high school. I studied classical piano, and I ran track.

— Condola Rashad

High school is very intense for everyone. But at a boarding school, because you’re there 24 hours a day, everything gets magnified.

— Curtis Sittenfeld

I went to high school in Stockton, CA.

— Cameron Dokey

I did plays in high school and I really loved it, but I think singing was always what I loved most of all.

— Cristin Milioti

I never thought for one second I’d be able to play with a real band. When I was in high school, I went through a lot of bad treatment and was called a lot of names by boys because I wanted to play. Sly was different.

— Cynthia Robinson

I played the flute in elementary school, but when I got into high school, they didn’t have any flutes they gave me a clarinet and said, ‘Play it in the same way, just hold in a different position.’ I really didn’t care much for it.

— Cynthia Robinson

When I was in high school, I ran hurdles, but I was really short, so I’d barely clear them. I was pretty quick, but I had little legs, so I had to take 50 steps in between each hurdle.

— Chris Kirkpatrick

At the time I finished high school, I was determined to study biology, deeply convinced to eventually be a researcher.

— Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

I have my name Cory on my left arm, and I have my mom’s name on my right with a cross. She passed away while I was still in high school, so I got that on my right arm.

— Cory Hardrict

In 1765, Parliament passed the Stamp Act, which, as any American high school student can tell you, was an act that apparently had something to do with stamps.

— Dave Barry

I was in this public high school in Princeton, and it had this topnotch jazz program – if you were a musician of any kind of caliber, your holy grail was to be in that orchestra. It was that claim to fame of the school, of the town, other than the university. But it was better than the university band.

— Damien Chazelle

I was in high school, and when you get to be 14, 15, you start to feel a little more like your own person so that you can assert your adulthood a little bit.

— Damien Chazelle

In high school and college, I was an athlete.

— David Duchovny

Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10, or something.

— Dennis Rodman

I was student council president in high school, and even in law school, I was vice-president of the student bar association.

— Demetri Martin

Even when I was in high school and the Navy, I was the guy who could rip somebody, and they’d laugh at it.

— Don Rickles

I had a teacher senior year in high school. He was a theater teacher, and he basically was a little bit like ‘High School Musical.’ He kind of encouraged the jocks to get involved with the plays. I did it as kind of a senior year lark.

— D. B. Sweeney

I used to buy records in high school. Mainly dancehall: Super Cat, Buju Banton.

— Damian Marley

High school teachers who want to get reluctant readers turned around need to give the students some say in the reading list. Make it collaborative: The students will feel ownership, and everyone will dig in.

— Dave Eggers

I never finished high school. In fact, I hated going to school.

— Daniel Humm

I do read a lot, and I think in recent years the ratio between the amount of non-fiction and fiction has tipped quite considerably. I did read fiction as a teenager as well, mostly because I was forced to read fiction, of course, to go through high school.

— Daniel Tammet

I didn’t have that many friends my first few years of high school. It was very cliquey and I’m super shy, so it was hard to make friends.

— Dylan O’Brien

Yeah, I’ve only been acting since I was 18 out of high school.

— Dylan O’Brien

In high school, girls started wearing high-waisted pants with their shirts tucked into them. I don’t get what that’s about.

— Dylan O’Brien

I was the guy literally in the chess club who decided to wear a bow tie for the last two years of high school, so I obviously wasn’t trying to get the ladies.

— Dallas Roberts

For example, I noticed that every single kid in the high school in ‘The Death-Ray’ is based on somebody I went to high school with.

— Daniel Clowes

I could be playing high school until I’m, like, 30 or something, at the rate I’m growing.

— Danielle Panabaker

When I was in high school, I read all of Neil Simon’s plays.

— Darius Rucker

Made it through high school, went to the University of Minnesota.

— Dave Winfield

I had never done any theater in high school, which actually worked to my benefit. I didn’t develop any bad habits.

— David James Elliott

I had, before I went to college, I had taken a few years off after high school and really had, I guess in those days, I had no intentions of going to college.

— Duane G. Carey

You go from high school, to the NBA, and you’re thrown in the fire.

— Dwight Howard

In my freshman year in high school, I went to the only public high school in Boston with a theatre program.

— Donnie Wahlberg

I should be, right now, a normal 17-year-old sitting in class in high school. Instead, I’m recording, and it’s so exciting for me. I can’t imagine anything I’d rather be doing right now.

— Daya

Being a teenager, I would think they were real strict, and I would get upset, but I’m glad they were like that. They didn’t let us do whatever we wanted. We weren’t allowed to date until we were, like, juniors in high school.

— Denise Richards

I’ve studied theater since high school. Of course, it’s a different story altogether being on Broadway, but it’s still theater, and you have to be in front of a live audience, and that’s very exciting. It’s something I’ve definitely wanted to do, but I got involved in movies and television, and then it became a luxury to get back on the stage.

— Dennis Haysbert

I was born in Everett I went through grade school in Everett, high school in Seattle.

— Dorothy Malone

I started going to acting school in my senior year in high school, and I remained in acting school through four years of college.

— Dane DeHaan

I’m visiting my high school. Every half year I do the exams, and then this year I’m going to graduate.

— Daniela Hantuchova

I dated a lot of girls all through high school, and in college I dated a young lady for about eight months.

— Danny Pintauro

I learned how to do stop-frame animation and I experimented with that a lot, and pretty much that was my mode of animating through high school.

— David Bolinsky

I’m from Ohio, and I wasn’t one of those kids who grew up making movies or whatever, but I always wanted to write. I was probably in high school when I realized the things I was writing weren’t books they were movies, they were visual.

— David Leslie Johnson

I took six months off, finished high school, and hung out with friends.

— Devon Sawa

I spent most of my high school years on movie sets and I’d have like one teacher, which was really bad.

— Devon Sawa

When I graduated from high school, I had artistic and academic scholarships, and I was trying to figure out what to do. I decided to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Juilliard and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia.

— Deborah Kara Unger

When I graduated from high school, I had artistic and academic scholarships, and I was trying to figure out what to do. I decided to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Julliard, and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia.

— Deborah Kara Unger

If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.

— Edward Snowden

I went to a state school in Christchurch, New Zealand, and then straight on to the University of Canterbury. But I worked part-time all the way through high school: first with a paper round, then at a fast-food outlet, a video store and a hardware store.

— Eleanor Catton

I didn’t want to act in high school, because I was sick of auditioning for Nickelodeon, Disney mean girls, or the cheerleader.

— Emily Ratajkowski

When I got outta High School I was driving a truck. I was just a poor boy from Memphis, Memphis.

— Elvis Presley

I went through high school, but I didn’t graduate.

— Evel Knievel

In high school I was very much involved in poetry. You cannot read a poem quickly. There’s too much going on there. There are rhythms and alliterations. You have to read poetry slow, slow, slow to absorb it all.

— Eugene H. Peterson

Oh, yes, I taught 13 and a half years. I taught English, first at a Catholic school and then at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif.

— Elizabeth George

I taught English, first at a Catholic school and then at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif.

— Elizabeth George

When I got into high school and I was rapping, it was the attention I was loving. It was so hype.

— Eve

You can be 24 and continue to live like you’re at college, or even continue to live like you’re in high school. Or you can put on a shirt and tie and pretend to be an adult.

— Ezra Koenig

I was home-schooled. But going to high school, I never would’ve been able to travel the U.S. or been able to do acting.

— Ethan Embry

I’m from Wisconsin well, that’s where I went to school from, like, sixth grade till I graduated high school.

— Evan Glodell

I started acting when I was in high school, started writing when I got to New York in 1975.

— Eric Bogosian

I wanted to be a writer since I was in high school, but I never thought it was possible.

— Ellen Bass

After high school, I had $2,000 saved, and I packed everything I could into my ’95 Nissan Sentra with no air-conditioning, and I drove out to L.A.

— Emayatzy Corinealdi

When I was little, we moved around a lot, actually. In second grade, I think I went to three different schools. We were in Nevada and Oregon and as well as a few different places in Nebraska. I did go to high school in the same town.

— Emily Kinney

There’s always a high school jerk, isn’t there? But I didn’t date much in high school, because I went to an all-girls’ private school for ten years.

— Emmanuelle Vaugier

When I was in school, I was very involved with a lot of things. I was very very active. I couldn’t say that I wasn’t popular. I was a cheerleader when I was in junior high. I didn’t make it in high school so I started a dance line.

— Faith Ford

I went to an Arts High School, so everyone there was kind of anti-clique, though they still happened. I guess I was in the theatre-dork clique. Not to be confused with the musical-theatre-dork clique.

— Finn Wittrock

Later in high school, I met Hillel Slovak, who was the original guitar player of the Chili Peppers, and we became really close. We had a band, and we didn’t like the bass player, so I started playing bass, and I got a bass two weeks later.

— Flea

People lived in the same apartments for years. You’d meet a group of kids in kindergarten, and you’d still be with them in high school. No one ever left the neighborhood.

— Fran Drescher

Right after high school, I moved to Rio and took classes to become a technician for a manufacturing factory where you had to figure out how to produce 3,000 pairs of jeans. But in Rio, I was by myself, which was very liberating, being so young. I got to do my own thing.

— Francisco Costa

We don’t look at teachers as scholars the way they do in Europe. In Spain you’re called a professor if you’re a high school teacher, and they pay teachers – they pay teachers in Europe.

— Frank McCourt

I had never attended high school, but I was fairly well read.

— Frank McCourt

My first show was when I was a high school freshman, but it was at the junior class dance. My older friend and bandmate booked it.

— Frank Iero

I messed around in high school, but I pretty much put it away until I did a television show in San Francisco.

— Gary Cole

I was born in Amersham, England on 6/4/58. My family moved to Australia when I was eight, and I went to Box Hill High School and then Melbourne High School. I liked to draw and write at school, and I liked books by J.R.R. Tolkien, A.A. Milne and Kenneth Grahame.

— Graeme Base

When I was in high school, I started writing a serial novel, longhand, set in the Arthurian mythos, and influenced not incidentally by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s ‘The Mists of Avalon.’

— Greg Rucka

When I got out of high school, I thought, I’ll take a year or two off and play the clubs, get this out of my system, and then go to med school.

— Gregg Allman

I work at a high school, and we have an anime and manga club.

— Gene Luen Yang

I majored in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley and worked as a software developer for a couple of years. Then I taught high school computer science for over a decade and a half in Oakland, California.

— Gene Luen Yang

I was a superhero fan in the ’90s, so I’m definitely familiar with John Romita, Jr. In fact, when I was in high school, I would go to local conventions and line up and get his signature.

— Gene Luen Yang

I’m a huge fan of Tolkien. I read those books when I was in junior high school and high school, and they had a profound effect on me. I’d read other fantasy before, but none of them that I loved like Tolkien.

— George R. R. Martin

In high school, I didn’t always relate to my friends. I was more of a spectator.

— Gia Coppola

I wasn’t bullied in high school, I was just ignored.

— Gerard Way

When we first started in Huntington Recreation with John Capobianco, we put four kids in the Golden Gloves finals. We didn’t even have a ring. We trained at Stimson Junior High School. They give us the gym three nights a week. We used to box in the gym – no ring, just on the gym floor.

— Gerry Cooney

The American high school graduate is two years behind his English, French or German counterpart in Alabama, God knows how far behind.

— Gore Vidal

Almost everyone shuts down when science becomes too technical you’ve got to infuse it with entertainment and storytelling to make it effective. From high school on, science is taught in a very dry manner, which isn’t as potent.

— Greg Graffin

My interest in magic was kindled by Steve Martin, the comedian I’d gone to high school with.

— Gary McCord

When I was 12, we began hosting exchange students from Norway, Sweden, Japan and Spain. I soon realized there was a whole world out there. I was determined to spend my sophomore year in high school abroad. My school taught only Spanish, but I wanted to go to France, and I did.

— Guy Fieri

In high school, the fastest I ever ran was like a 4.67 that’s pretty fast. But then, I only weighed 168 pounds.

— Gabriel Luna

Since my high school years, I have been interested in history, especially in Roman history, a topic on which I have read rather extensively. The Latin that goes with this kind of interest proved useful when I had to generate a few terms and names for cell biology.

— George Emil Palade

I think that there were only two people in my high school that were comfortable there, and I think they are both pumping gas now.

— Grant Show

I went to Samuel Ayer High School, which is now Milpitas High School.

— Grant Show

I absolutely hated high school. As a freshman, I was 5 feet tall and weighed 95 pounds… When I got to high school, I had no social skills. Was I a nerd? More of a dork. Definitely not one of the popular kids.

— Grant Show

On some level, I think everyone felt like a dork in high school.

— Grant Show

I did a little bit of flying in high school, but I’ve just always been inspired and excited about airplanes.

— Gregory H. Johnson

When I was in high school, I was a bad kid and a good student.

— Halsey

I’d been familiar with comics, and I’d collected ’em when I was a kid, but after I got into junior high school, there wasn’t much I was interested in.

— Harvey Pekar

I stopped going to school in the middle of fourth grade. Everyone grows up with the peer pressure, and kids being mean to each other in school. I think that’s such a horrible thing, but I never really dealt with it in a high school way.

— Hilary Duff

When I was in high school, I had binders with pictures of tour buses.

— Hunter Hayes

I had a serious boyfriend in high school, but we would take breaks in between. You shouldn’t always have a boyfriend!

— Heather Morris

At school, my favorite subjects were history, biology, chemistry, and physics. Especially the teaching in physics was excellent. Most of my understanding of it I got at high school, not at the university.

— Hartmut Michel

Mark Wahlberg, when I was in high school, people were like, ‘You look like Marky Mark!’ Then as I got older, they were like, ‘You look like Donnie Wahlberg.’ Now they’re like, ‘You look like Donnie Wahlberg’s cousin from Massachusetts.’

— Ike Barinholtz

In high school, my goal was to be a writer for SNL, then I got into the acting.

— Illeana Douglas

When I got out of high school, I was working in restaurants in New York City, when I heard Bill Anderson from The Neighborhood Playhouse was doing private lessons. I started taking classes, and it was a lot of improv and Meisner and repetition.

— Ian Gomez

It was awkward because the high school that I went to, my aunt taught at, it was this private boy’s school in D.C. There were one or two teachers that I had the hots for, but never fully expressed my feelings because my aunt was always watching.

— Ian Harding

What I’m really addicted to is getting people to understand that if their kids aren’t competent readers coming out of middle school, it’s really going to be hard for them in high school.

— James Patterson

Teens are always shown as one dimensional. They’re stereotyped. When I was in high school, I cared about more than getting a date or making the team.

— Jared Leto

We had teachers, we had high school principals, we had people teaching in colleges and university in Tuskegee, Alabama. But they were told they failed the so-called literacy test.

— John Lewis

Sometimes we think videogames are just games for kids, and then once they get out of grammar school or high school, they never play again, but that’s when they really start playing.

— John Madden

High School is like a spork: it’s a crappy spoon and a crappy fork, so in the end it’s just plain useless.

— John Mayer

By the time I was 15 and I stepped in the high school gym, I was just stronger than everybody.

— John Cena

My most string-beanish, I guess, is when I was 15 years old. From 15 to 16, I went from 155 pounds to 215. By the time I graduated from high school, I was between 235-250.

— John Cena

Even in high school, I was keenly aware of this remarkable tradition that the U.K. had of designing and making.

— Jonathan Ive

In my early teens, I was a janitor. In high school, I got up early to deliver to accounts that required early service.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

When I was in high school, The Dave Matthews Band was a local band, and that was the first time I was starting to connect with a live band that was something that wasn’t on the radio or TV.

— Jason Mraz

I grew up in a suburb of Baltimore with an extremely high concentration of Jewish families – where the Levys and Cohens in the high school yearbook went on for pages, where I could count far more temples than I ever could churches. Anti-Semitism, in our cultural biodome, was mostly an abstract concept.

— Jeffrey Kluger

Back at high school, there was this quarterback who asks me out. He’s never paid attention to me before, but now we’re on this date, going to see the ‘Sixth Sense.’ And right before the climax, he leans in – and I’m so excited, because I think we’re going to French-kiss – and then he tells me the twist. He completely ruins the movie for me.

— Jenny Slate

I was never into the popular school or clique or anything. Then I started doing movies when I was in high school, so then I got popular. Then the girls paid attention to you who didn’t before.

— John Cusack

I came out of high school, where my heroes were, like, Michael Jordan and a lot of local rugby players – and on the movie front, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

— Joel Edgerton

Throughout high school, I peddled my eggs, had a vendor stand at the local curb market – precursor to today’s farmers’ markets – and competed in 4-H contests and interscholastic debate.

— Joel Salatin

When I was a young person, when I was in high school, we did a very emotional and wonderful – for us, life-changing – production of ‘Godspell.’ It really, really was the highlight of my high school time, and it was for everybody else in the cast, too.

— Jane Lynch

When I was a kid, I wrestled my high school amateur wrestling in junior year.

— Jeff Hardy

I studied drama in high school, and when I was 18, I studied at the Actors Studio in New York. Then I moved to London when I got engaged to Bryan Ferry, and I studied at the National Theatre there.

— Jerry Hall

I was a founding member of the ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ club at my high school. I was in chorus, I was in swing choir. I was an outcast but I was an outcast among a group of outcasts.

— John C. Reilly

I love to play guitar and hack around. I was in a band when I was in high school. I never learned to play very well, but I enjoyed it.

— John F. Kerry

I played every sport in high school for one year. If I couldn’t be great at it, I quit. I would rather not do it than be average.

— Johnny Iuzzini

I did plays in high school, and I usually got cast in the comic role, which I really enjoyed.

— Jack McBrayer

I was voted best-looking kid in high school but, as you can see, things changed. I used to say I was a 260 pound Woody Allen. You can make that 295 pound now.

— James Gandolfini

My mom wanted to be a country singer, too, so country was always being played. And my girlfriends and I used to go to concerts, like Brad Paisley, in middle school and high school.

— Jana Kramer

I did musicals in high school, certainly. And then I just kept wanting to do them. I felt at home in the theater, in that way that, you know, you’re supposed to if that’s the kind of person you are.

— Jason Robert Brown

In high school, I was sort of friends with the geeks and friends with the socials and everything else and not solidly in one camp. I’ve always lived on the borders.

— Jennifer Pahlka

When I was in high school, I had a notebook that I filled up with rules about lying. It must have been a hundred pages long – one hundred pages of rules about lying!

— Jesse Ball

I was told in high school that the last game during your senior year stays with you forever, which is true.

— Jim Otto

In high school, it was very fashionable to be disdainful of the bourgeois suburbs, but I secretly liked them.

— Jane Hamilton

In high school, I was kind of a loner because I had moved to a new school.

— Jennie Garth

I did play Jesus in ‘Godspell,’ in high school, because I guess I’m a nerd.

— Jessica Pare

So basically, I graduated high school a semester early.

— Jessica Szohr

I don’t think I really know just how cool Satan really was when I was in Junior High School. Now, thanks to Marilyn Manson, it’s no longer a secret.

— Jim Coleman

As I got into high school and after puberty, I was a little more inward. I was a real extrovert when I was little, but I don’t know, I just got quieter… With my friends, I was still an extrovert.

— John Mulaney

When I was in high school, I became interested in cytochemistry: chemical analysis under the microscope, and trying to understand the composition of cells.

— Joshua Lederberg

Even now that I’m married and 28, my room’s still intact the way it was when I went to high school.

— Jordana Brewster

In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements of those who are above average, so that the school’s demands will be at a level easily maintained by the majority.

— James S. Coleman

I did my fist show, ‘Godspell’, in my freshman year of high school.

— James Snyder

I was born in Champaign in 1918. From the neighborhood elementary and intermediate schools, I went to the University High School in the twin city, Urbana.

— James Tobin

I grew up in the Bay Area until 1976, then I pretty much went all the way through primary and high school on Bainbridge, though like anybody who grows up on an island, I ran the first chance I got.

— Jonathan Evison

I’d done plays in middle school, done some for the church in high school, but I had no intention of ever being a professional actor.

— Jovan Adepo

While I was in junior high, I wrote an entire essay in rhyme about manufacturing in New York State. In high school, I won a Scholastic poetry contest.

— Jane Yolen

In every high school, there is a clique.

— Janel Parrish

I only took a high school acting class because there was no other class I wanted to take. I loved it, but I was always against acting as a profession. I didn’t like the monetary fluctuations I saw.

— Josh Brolin

I don’t know, you know all through high school I just knew I wanted to do it.

— Josh Duhamel

The characters are that vague TV high school age, but they’ll be in high school as long as we need them to be.

— Josh Schwartz

Steve Laurence is the only person that was on the first ‘Tonight Show,’ right to the end. He was a little high school boy, 14 years old.

— Jayne Meadows

In middle school, I played quarterback. I was at a tiny school, so you played offense and defense – I played linebacker, and in high school I stopped playing around my sophomore year because of my acting stuff.

— Jesse Plemons

In primary school I was terrible. I don’t think I was particularly well behaved in high school, but I started to apply myself.

— Jonathan LaPaglia

I was involved with my theater program in high school, and I was involved in a festival where I could audition for a lot of different schools.

— Josh Dallas

I went out to visit Dorsey Burnette, after I graduated high school.

— Jimmy Griffin

I started bowling when I was 14, my freshman year in high school.

— Joe Tex

My first three years of high school, I wasn’t that cool.

— Jonathan Bennett

I think that like most girls in high school, I just mirrored what was around me.

— Lauren Conrad

I don’t have a lot of friends most of the friends I have, I’ve had since high school.

— Lauren London

Akron, Ohio, is my home. I will always be here. I’m still working out at my old high school.

— LeBron James

I had trained myself not to go to the bathroom throughout my elementary and junior high school years because I was bullied. And you don’t understand why you’re being bullied, so you just suppress it.

— Lee Daniels

I knew Slash in high school, but not very well. Just knew him as this kid that used to hang out in the hallway. Pretty much looked then the way he does now.

— Lenny Kravitz

I got my Equity Card with my Broadway debut when I did ‘Rent.’ I was in high school, and I came to New York to do that show.

— Leslie Odom, Jr.

My father was a truck driver. That’s where it all started, and academically I was a disaster at school. My cousin got his name on the honour board I, at Melbourne High School, I carved mine on the desk.

— Lindsay Fox

I went to an all-boys high school, and they accepted girls in only the two A.P. classes.

— Lupita Nyong’o

I’m kind of obsessed with wedges, but I go to a regular high school, so I’m not going to be wearing Vera Wang there.

— Laura Marano

My first Broadway show wasn’t until I was a freshman in high school. It was my first trip to New York. I came with a group of theatre kids, and we saw four shows. The very first one was ‘Contact.’

— Laura Osnes

I ought to at least be able to read literature in French. I went to an enlightened grade school that started us on French in fifth grade, which meant that by the time I graduated high school I had been at it for eight years.

— Lev Grossman

I actually started out as a poet in high school. I published in small literary magazines for probably about ten years. I entered the Yale Younger Poet contest every year, until I was too old to be a younger poet, and I never got more than a form rejection letter from them.

— L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

It’s not that our high school system was not designed well, but that it was designed in 1906 when the country was just out of the industrial era. There hasn’t been a substantial systemic change the way we do high school since then.

— Laurene Powell Jobs

I came across this circumstance of undocumented students. These are kids who were brought to this country as youngsters, who are raised as Americans and go to American schools, and then when they graduate high school, they have no prospects in front of them because they are undocumented and illegally in the United States.

— Laurene Powell Jobs

I really began to love to read while in high school, and my favorite authors were my heroes: J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut.

— Louis Sachar

To be very honest, I never thought I would graduate from high school. I got very lucky to get into an alternative high school, which really saved my butt.

— Langhorne Slim

I went to Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, and to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

— Lisa McMann

I liked to think I had written ‘scripts’ when I was in high school, but looking back at them, they were about thirty pages of wannabe-Mamet dialogue with a staple through them.

— Lorene Scafaria

My high school was nothing like West Beverly High, let me tell you. I grew up in Fredericktown, Ohio.

— Luke Perry

I don’t have bad taste I have no taste. I wear a lot of the things I wore in high school, but not the cowl-neck sweaters. I was never tall, and I am the same size, so I still wear a lot of those clothes.

— Kara Swisher

When I was at high school, I used to pretend that I had work, and I would go and tell the head of school that I, like, really needed to leave, and I was really stressed out because I had work.

— Kendall Jenner

As a young boy, I was taught in high school that hacking was cool.

— Kevin Mitnick

II know very, very little about the ukulele, but I actually grew up playing the viola from 4th grade through high school.

— Kris Allen

High school was interesting, because I went from a public school middle school to an academy where the first year we were doing Latin, chemistry, biology. I mean, I was woefully unprepared for the type of study.

— Kyle Chandler

I certainly went to high school with some mean girls, and I would not wish that hell on anybody.

— Karin Slaughter

I was a real loner in high school, even though people assume I was the head cheerleader.

— Kate Bosworth

Near the end of high school, I was always super shy, backward.

— Kate Micucci

In high school, I was doing a skit for forensics and people started laughing, more than I was prepared to deal with. It was a surprise.

— Kristen Schaal

I was born in San Antonio, TX, but moved to Lakewood, CO in elementary school. Then, I moved to Valley Center, CA in high school.

— Katie Leclerc

In high school, I had a couple girlfriends who had very extreme eating disorders. Anorexia and bulimia. And in college as well. It’s just heartbreaking. As someone going through it, it’s heartbreaking. And as a friend who’s helping a friend going through it, it’s heartbreaking. It’s a real, real disease.

— Katie Lowes

In high school, I was the biggest procrastinator in the world.

— Kristin Kreuk

When I think back on high school, I always tried to make silly videos with my friends.

— Kimiko Glenn

I never went to my high school dance, and didn’t date much.

— Kerri Strug

I debated in high school! If you told things that weren’t true or just made things out of whole cloth, you were penalized. It’s too bad they don’t apply the same standards to presidential candidates as they do to high school students.

— Mark Hamill

I started really young, like 12 or 13, and then I started doing school plays. We had a really good drama department, so the kind of drama-geek stigma wasn’t really there in my high school.

— Matt Damon

I was probably the first kid in my high school to go to Yale. I applied almost as a lark. Then, when I got there, I was the dumbest person in your class.

— Maya Lin

By the time I entered high school, I had forsaken academics altogether in favor of my burgeoning acting career.

— Michael J. Fox

When I was in high school I saw Steven Wright, a brilliant one-liner comedian, and I thought: ‘That’s what I should do I should write one-liners.’ And I did. My first album is mostly one-liners.

— Mike Birbiglia

When you’re in high school, you can’t even imagine the concept of what the rest of your life even means.

— Mike Birbiglia

I was obsessed with being popular in high school and never achieved it. There’s photos from our high school musicals, and I’m comically in the deep background, wearing a beggar’s costume.

— Mindy Kaling

Again, the truth of the matter is we haven’t paid that much attention to high school accountability.

— Margaret Spellings

I went to a performing arts high school, we learned Shakespeare, I did ‘Fences.’ When you train, you can do anything.

— Marlon Wayans

When I graduated from high school, I got accepted to York University, Fine Arts film program.

— Mike Myers

We must be willing to pay inspiring math and science teachers, who have high paying alternatives in industry, more to teach and reward students who take more challenging courses in high school.

— Mark Kennedy

I grew up in New York City, and I moved to Florida in high school.

— Mark V. Hurd

I shopped at J. Crew in high school, I studied computer science. I was a nerd-nerd, now I’m a music-nerd.

— Mayer Hawthorne

In high school, I didn’t date awesome dudes.

— Meghan Trainor

We’re kind of like the smoking section in high school. We’re immature, keep to ourselves.

— Matt Stone

High school, you don’t want to go back and do it over again.

— Marguerite Moreau

I haven’t taught since 2004, but I taught high school English for seven years, primarily at a place called Haddonfield Memorial, which is in a very well-to-do-community in Southern New Jersey.

— Matthew Quick

I was cast in a film toward the end of high school. Even then, I wasn’t sure.

— Miranda Otto

Just the example Delaware State University graduates set by the way they live their lives, should be an inspiration to other high school students to go to Delaware State.

— Michael N. Castle

In high school, one of the things I loved doing was this after-school program where you would teach computer skills to some of the maintenance folks at school.

— Mike Krieger

In high school, I started my first company, called M Cubed Software. We named it that because it was me and two other guys named Mike.

— Mike McCue

When I was in high school, if my favorite band got too popular, I’d watch carefully.

— Mike Shinoda

To be perfectly honest with you, I was partying a lot in school. I didn’t have any good study habits from high school because I just kind of got by on being a jock.

— Michael Biehn

After high school I was going to be an architect. In fact, I was studying to be an architect when the audition for ‘The Monkees’ came along.

— Micky Dolenz

My freshman year of high school, I started wrestling, and I ended up loving it more than anything I’d ever done.

— Miesha Tate

Going to high school in rural Florida, we always partied down in the woods. Somebody – one of the rednecks – would leave class and mow a path out to a field, and we’d drive out there. Dude, every party I went to was lit by a bonfire. Acoustic guitar.

— Miles Teller

I got into acting my junior year of high school. We got a new hot drama teacher and I was like ‘Alright, I’ll try drama.’

— Miles Teller

Doing well in school was a cool thing to do when I was in high school, so I had a blast.

— Monica Raymund

In high school, I was a total jock/extracurricular nerd/just plain nerd.

— Mark Feuerstein

I’m this high school dropout. I quit in my sophomore year, when I was 15. I worked for a while in a deli, and when I was almost 17, I got married.

— Mary Beth Whitehead

I started performing in high school. There was a pretty great drama department at my school, and that’s when I started doing plays and musicals.

— Missi Pyle

I discovered that I wanted to be an actor back when I did my first play in junior high. I’ve been doing theater in junior high and high school, and I just kept feeding the fire, kept wanting to pursue acting full-on.

— Michael Steger

My whole life, I wanted to be a fighter pilot it’s what I wanted to do. I set up all of my classes for it, but I got lazy my senior year in high school and didn’t get my paperwork in.

— Mike Vogel

In high school, theater was all I ever wanted to do. I didn’t see that I was going to set it aside for so many years and take a right turn into television. Of course, wanting to do theater is something you hear a lot from actors. I think I’ve been embarrassed to be in that big cliche.

— Mare Winningham

I’d always enjoyed acting at high school, and I was all lined up to do an honours degree course in biology at a Canadian university, and at the eleventh hour the drama teacher I had said, ‘You know, you’ll get a lot more girls if you go into acting,’ and that kinda sold it.

— Matt Frewer

As for acting, I took drama lessons when I was in high school.

— Megan Gallagher

I wanted to be Jimi Hendrix’s drummer when I was in high school, but I graduated in 1970, the year he died.

— Narada Michael Walden

I feel like all the parts are seniors in high school and seventh graders, and I think I kinda skipped that awkward stage by not working those years.

— Nat Wolff

I had started doing theater in high school, and while I was doing that, I got my manager.

— Michael Rady

My least favorite subject? Uh… I didn’t have a least favorite subject because, I mean, high school is so much fun.

— Nate Robinson

I married my high school sweetheart, and I do have two kids.

— Nate Torrence

The vampires in the ‘VAMPS’ series judge each other as harshly as they judge humans, and basically, vampires don’t get along very well. So you’ve got a culture that’s from cradle to grave like the worst high school you’ve ever been in.

— Nancy A. Collins

Extroverts never understand introverts, and it was like that in school days. I read recently that all of us can be defined in adult life by the way others perceived us in high school.

— Neil Peart

Obviously I had gone all through high school and into college, and you don’t do that not knowing how to read.

— Nick Nolte

When I was in high school, I would perform every year in those plays and there was something I really loved about it. But I was completely unaware that you could sort of get into an acting career.

— Nick Offerman

I did, like, one or two plays in high school, but I don’t think I realized I wanted to do comedy until I got to college, and I started doing improv and saw the Upright Citizens Brigade perform and did workshops with them.

— Nick Kroll

I came to the University of Chicago on the morning of January 2, 1932. I wasn’t yet a graduate of high school for another few months. And that was about the low point of the Herbert Hoover/Andrew Mellon phase after October of 1929. That’s quite a number of years to have inaction.

— Paul Samuelson

When every high school graduate can spell the word, ‘inauguration,’ let’s put lampshades on our heads and listen to his speeches until Obama’s voice gives out.

— Paula Poundstone

Hollywood producers aren’t going to say, ‘Get me that swearing, grey-haired, headless chicken. We need him for our new ‘High School Musical’ movie!’

— Peter Capaldi

Certainly, my exposure in high school to writers like Flannery O’Connor, Shusaku Endo, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Graham Greene was formative.

— Phil Klay

I grew up a little north of New York City and went to high school at Regis, an all-boys tuition-free high school in Manhattan.

— Phil Klay

I wasn’t even prepared to be an actress. I was 17 when I came out of high school, and suddenly became Miss World and then I became an actress.

— Priyanka Chopra

At high school, instead of the weekly essay, I would write a poem, and the teacher accepted that. The impulse was one of laziness, I’m certain. Poems were shorter than essays.

— Paul Muldoon

Then again, I think about high school every day and I think about being a little kid every day too.

— Paul Westerberg

I hated high school and got to college and realized they didn’t care if I showed up because I’d already paid. So I decided, ‘I’m going to turn this around.’ And I did: I got straight A’s and was named ‘outstanding senior.’

— Pauley Perrette

You drive past your old high school, and even if everybody treated you terribly, you still go take a look, don’t you?

— Patti Scialfa

When I went to high school, in the late 1970s, disco was in full swing and anyone who was into it dressed the part. I know I did.

— Paul Feig

I was bookish and dorky in high school, so the best part of this movie was getting to be on the other side.

— Piper Perabo

I grew up in Denver, Colorado. After high school I went to Vegas.

— Paul Taylor

This may surprise you, but I was arrested in high school.

— Pat Boone

My very first professional job was a cartoon, doing voices for the Mr. T cartoon in high school.

— Phil LaMarr

Every high school I went to, I joined in the middle of the year, so sports helped. But you see a lot of bullies when you move to eight states, I’ll say that.

— Pierce Brown

I was always the youngest boy in my class at high school. I have retained this feeling of being the youngest, even though now I am almost the oldest person I know.

— Oliver Sacks

When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to be an exchange student to a small town in Argentina called Goya.

— Patrick Wang

When you’re bullied in high school, even if it’s the smallest amount, or you’re actually tortured, I feel like everybody carries that with them. They always think of that one person who treated them badly in high school.

— Odette Annable

You can think of Hollywood as high school. TV actors are freshmen, comedy actors are maybe juniors, and dramatic actors – they’re the cool seniors.

— Owen Wilson

In high school I was president of the Student Council, and I ended up doing a lot of speeches. After you do a few in front of different schools, you get really comfortable talking in front of an audience.

— Osric Chau

I did some acting in high school, I knew I really liked it.

— Rachel Dratch

I went to a Christian high school, so I went under my middle name. I don’t think they would have accepted me in the school – ‘This is Rebel’… so I have two middle names, Melanie Elizabeth, and I went under those. But Rebel’s way cooler.

— Rebel Wilson

In high school, I was very unpopular.

— Rene Russo

I acted in junior high in the junior high school group, and then when I got into senior high I was, you know, the main actor of the senior high school.

— Richard Foreman

In high school, I definitely fancied myself an intense guy, which is so lame.

— Rob Delaney

In high school, I was voted ‘Most Humorous’ in my senior class.

— Rob Riggle

Teenage years are hard. And, having taught high school for a number of years, I think they’re particularly hard on teenage girls. The most self-conscious human beings on the planet are teenage girls.

— Rob Thomas

In elementary and high school, I never considered acting as a profession.

— Rashida Jones

I wrote my first song when I was six or seven, a silly little song. But I used to write poems in high school – not songs.

— Rachel Platten

I worked as a singing, dancing busgirl in high school.

— Rutina Wesley

When I got into high school, my favorite artist was definitely Janet Jackson.

— Rutina Wesley

According to a study by Achieve Incorporated, Texas is the first state to make a college-prep curriculum the standard coursework in high school, starting with this year’s ninth grade class.

— Rick Perry

In high school, I could get beaten up all the time, or I could be something better. I became the court jester.

— Richard Simmons

That’s correct, I flunked out of high school twice because I couldn’t write.

— Robert Kiyosaki

I loved school, maybe too much, really. I was summa cum laude in high school. I was driven that way.

— Robin Williams

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.

— Ronald Reagan

Any time you stick your neck out in high school, there’s someone right there to chop your head off.

— Ryan Gosling

When I was in high school in the ’50s you were supposed to be an Elvis Presley, a James Dean, a Marlon Brando or a Kingston Trio type in a button-down shirt headed for the fraternities at Stanford or Cal.

— Robert Hass

I was into sports in high school, but I got kicked out of Richmond High at 17, so I never graduated. However, I still get invites to the class reunions… I don’t know that I want to see how everyone looks now.

— Ryan Stiles

I wasn’t particularly funny in high school, but I grew up with three older brothers who were quite funny.

— Ryan Stiles

My high school coach was Ray O’Conner. He has coached a lot of players that have signed professional contracts, and many of those have gone on to play in the major leagues.

— Robin Yount

I was under the false impression that I could sing in high school, so I did a lot of musical stuff. I can’t sing or dance, so that was entertaining for everyone.

— Rachel Brosnahan

The only autograph I ever got, which I do not have anymore, was Matthew Fox when he was on ‘Party Of Five.’ I was in high school, and he came to our local amusement park, and I stood in line and got an autograph.

— Riki Lindhome

I’ve always been interested in music. In high school, I did a lot of musical theater, and I loved it.

— Rosanna Pansino

So many limits in Catholic high school! I’m not a bad Catholic, but everything was off-limits.

— Ryan Eggold

I did a lot of theater when I was in high school and college. I also did stand-up in college, so it was always part of what I did.

— Seth MacFarlane

You’re not supposed to have it all figured out in high school. If you knew it all, and it was the best, it’s all downhill from there.

— Sarah Dessen

On the whole, I think I spent a lot of high school just trying to stay under the radar: I don’t think I was all that memorable.

— Sarah Dessen

As a teenager at high school, I felt like an outsider.

— Shawn Ashmore

I could run, but I was throwing 93 mph coming out of high school.

— Shemar Moore

I want to tell any young girl out there who’s a geek, I was a really serious geek in high school. It works out. Study harder.

— Sheryl Sandberg

When I was in high school, I was voted most likely to succeed.

— Sheryl Sandberg

I still am in touch with several friends from high school. I don’t go to reunions much. I’m afraid that if I go back to the school, they’ll suddenly go, ‘You know what? We’ve checked the records and you still have one more French class. Get back in here.’

— Sigourney Weaver

There was a film class in my high school in Northfield, Minnesota, which was very unusual. I saw my first Buster Keaton film there, aged about 15. It made a gigantic impression on me.

— Siri Hustvedt

I wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid, but I started doing theater in high school because it was a requirement. At first, I was completely irritated. But I ended up loving it.

— Sophia Bush

I think when I was young, let’s call it high school, and even before that, I just loved comedy, and I loved comedians. I grew up watching Laurel and Hardy. That’s really a long time ago. I loved Jerry Lewis. I just loved comedians.

— Steve Martin

In high school, I got smacked and kicked around. Two bloody noses. It was horrible.

— Steven Spielberg

George Carlin’s album, ‘Class Clown,’ came out when I was in high school. I memorized a lot of that album. I’d come home from school, put it on, and listen over and over. I started memorizing it. I don’t even know why. I loved it so much I memorized it.

— Steven Wright

I’d been an actor in high school, and when I got to college, it was all about film.

— Scott Adsit

I never – in my dreams, doing track in high school, I didn’t imagine it would turn out like this.

— Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

I just couldn’t get into the high school scene at all. I was fat, ugly and weird. I just couldn’t do the makeup and the hairdos.

— Suzi Quatro

It wasn’t until I was 18, when I was graduating high school, that I went and bought a guitar on a whim.

— Sam Hunt

When I was in high school, I was a bad singer. I mean, all my early acting was musical theater, and my first ever show was ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ Everyone’s familiar with it. I played priest number 3 and sang so out of tune that it’s not even funny.

— Sam Claflin

In high school, I played in a Rush cover band.

— Sam Trammell

When I was in high school, I was really into string theory and superstring theory and read ‘Scientific American.’ It’s fascinating.

— Sam Trammell

By my senior year in high school, I was friends with every group.

— Shane West

We have a lot of American TV in Australia. I grew up watching ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and those prime time TV shows over the years that feature grown-ups and high school kids. We had a saturation of American voices.

— Sarah Snook

I moved out to L.A. when I was 17, dropped out of high school, and pursued a career in music.

— Skylar Grey

I spent my last year of high school in Latin America, and there’s a edge of salsa under all of my rhythms.

— Stephen Stills

There was no DVR, no Netflix, and no binge-watching. We didn’t even have a VCR till I was nearly out of high school.

— Susanna Kearsley

At an early age, I quit high school at 17 and joined the Air Force.

— Sandy Adams

I went to my last three years of high school in New Jersey. I just wanted to act, you know?

— Stacey Dash

I’ve always been comfortable with people who run things, whether it was the principal of my high school or the president of the university.

— Stephen A. Schwarzman

I wrote a novel in my early twenties I won a high school prize – my short story got published, and I got 50 dollars, which was a huge deal.

— Sue Miller

I had a weird high school because I graduated early when I was 16. I moved out to California, but I was only there for freshman and sophomore year, and I was a bit of a brainiac.

— Shanley Caswell

Being raised as an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Mormons, I became an Eagle scout, and after graduating high school, I went on a full-time church mission to the West Indies for 2 years.

— Shay Carl

I went to James Monroe High School, a big school in the East Bronx. My first promotion was the first alumni reunion dance. I got all the names and addresses out of the yearbook. It came off very well.

— Sid Bernstein

That’s the same in college. It’s the same in high school. Kids are getting bigger, stronger, faster, more into the weightlifting, more into nutrition, more into size.

— Steve Mariucci

I did improv for about 10 years professionally, and before that, I had done it in high school as part of an improv team. It was definitely a big part of my upbringing.

— Tatiana Maslany

You’re working with adults and you’re being paid to do a job. And you’re a kid. Then you go back to high school, and everybody’s partying, and they’re doing math. I always felt a little bit outside of it. Outside of both experiences, really.

— Tatiana Maslany

In some states, not even 50 percent of black boys finish high school.

— Tavis Smiley

I wanted to wear a uniform when I was in high school, but I couldn’t. I was like, ‘It would be so much easier!’

— Taylor Schilling

I went to a Jesuit boys high school, Rockhurst High School.

— Tim Kaine

The first play I ever saw – I was in junior high school – was a high school production of Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit,’ which seemed to me absolutely magical.

— Terry Teachout

It’s just like high school. If you’re a freshman or a sophomore, it’s hard to tell the seniors who’ve been through two, three, playoff games what to do.

— Tony Romo

It feels kinda weird being back in a high school cause I haven’t been in a high school for about a year. So um, it’s kinda interesting coming back, and y’know seeing the lockers, with all the signs, the handmade signs, so being in high school again is a little bit strange but in a good way.

— Taylor Swift

I was the Head Boy of East High School in 1999. I represent 303 – the area code, not the band – Mile High, until I die. I’m 31, a comedian I juggle, but I don’t glove it. I think waxed mustaches run a very thin line between hipster and 1800s barkeep.

— T. J. Miller

When I was in high school, there was a lot of pressure on me. I felt like I had to be perfect.

— Troian Bellisario

I think everybody should go to high school. It’s horrible, and it unites you with other people.

— Tavi Gevinson

In high school, I always dressed to impress the girls.

— Theophilus London

I really wasn’t heavy in high school. But no one feels right in their own skin, particularly in high school.

— Tina Fey

I played in a punk rock band in high school called the High Heel Flip Flops. I was the drummer. I played drums for, like, four years.

— Thomas Rhett

When I got out of high school, I joined a local blues band in Philadelphia – Woody’s Truck Stop.

— Todd Rundgren

I didn’t go to university. I didn’t go to culinary school, barely made it through high school.

— Tom Douglas

It’s been a while since I’ve studied: since high school. It’s a lot of work, a lot of work.

— Tommy Lee

Then I tried out for the Fontana High School drum line, in Riverside, and I did really well. I got second chair, and played snare in that drum line for three years.

— Travis Barker

My chops are still up, even though I’m not still in high school.

— Travis Barker

When I went to Paris after graduating high school, I saw a model who was 12 years old without any supervision. That wouldn’t happen in the acting world.

— Tyra Banks

I got out of high school, bought a recording studio and started operating it as an engineer and a producer.

— T Bone Burnett

I’ve been embracing gray hair since… high school, and I don’t think that anything’s changed since then.

— Taylor Hicks

I moved to New York between my junior and senior years of high school to just see what it was like, to go to a modeling agency and see how to get representation.

— Teri Polo

I enjoy everything. I actually do listen to everything. In high school, I listened to a lot of metal and punk rock.

— Tim Schafer

I was in high school and I had an independent album out, and we kept sending that out, and I was doing shows. No one really dug it. It was very Americana and had a lot of folk elements in it.

— Tyler Hilton

Getting on stage, for me, was a huge thing when I first started. And back in high school, everyone was in rock bands and I was a singer/songwriter. It just seems kind of lame.

— Tyler Hilton

There were a lot of kids from Puerto Rico at my high school in Florida people always assumed I was Puerto Rican. Even now in California, I get talked to on the street in Spanish constantly!

— Torrey DeVitto

When I was 17, I was excited to graduate from high school!

— Tyler Blackburn

I was a strange kid in that, while most kids hate school and want to turn 18 or 21, I loved high school.

— Will Ferrell

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.

— Wyclef Jean

I started in high school and regional theater. Anything that came into town, I wanted to be involved in, because I just wanted to learn.

— Valerie Azlynn

When I was in university, my dream was to be a coach, like a high school track coach. Not to teach.

— Victoria Pratt

When I was in high school, I had a gambling problem.

— Young Thug

After high school, I went to VCU and got a B.F.A. in theater. I got to do a bunch of stuff professionally throughout college. I actually got my SAG card in college.

— Zachary Knighton

I had a really hard time when I was 16, 17, 18. I started with the eating disorder in high school.

— Zoe Kravitz

I like singing as much as I like acting, and all through high school I thought I might be a Broadway singer.

— Zooey Deschanel
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