Most high schools have something to pride themselves with. Whether it’s their football team or their cheer leading squad, their music program or their performing arts classes, their high test scores or their spelling bee, or the sports athletes that walked their halls at once, many have their own unique claim-to-fame.
What if this claim to fame was not one but two, three, or even four well-known celebrities that have excelled in their unique fields? Believe it or not, some high schools are so lucky to be the homes of a multitude of young stars, some that shared the same grade, classes, and were even part of the same clique. Read on to find out which high school has once been the home to some of the world’s best rappers, lunchroom rap battles included, and which school is the go to for famous entertainers and their families!
10. Covenant of the Sacred Heart, Manhattan, New York
Celebrities: Paris and Nicky Hilton, Jordana Brewster and Lady GaGa
An all-girls Catholic high isn’t exactly what anyone would associate with the Hiltons, but both sisters Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton, attended Covenant of the Sacred Heart High School in New York City. What’s even stranger is the connection the school served for Lady Gaga and the Hiltons. Lady Gaga (or Stefani Germanotta as she was known as at the time), was a grade younger than Nicky, and a few years younger than Paris, but the trio never really interacted extensively. According to Lady Gaga, the Hilton sisters were far too perfect and unattainable to interact with, while she felt like an outcast, keeping to herself. Still, maybe the high school connection they had served as a conversation topic when the two DJed together.
9. Chatsworth High School, Los Angeles, California
Celebrities: Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey
Next on our list of famous high school classmates are legendary actors Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey. The two have been friends for years and were very close in high school, often participating in the same productions. Although it’s hard to believe Kevin Spacey just starting out his acting career, Val has said that Kevin is proof anyone can learn how to act. According to him, Kevin was so horrible when he first started, but now he’s arguably one of the best in the industry. Talented and inspirational, Chatsworth High School has been lucky to be home to two of the best in the industry.
8. Eton College, Windsor, UK
Celebrities: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Prince William and Prince Harry
Eton College is a well known English boarding school for boys, and known as one of the most prestigious (and high priced) schools in the country. It’s no surprise that both Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry attended the school, but did you know that Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston also attended the institution? Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Prince William were in the same grade and were quite close while in school, while Prince Harry was a few years younger than them and never had the chance to meet them. Talk about a famous bunch!
7. North Sydney Girls’ High School, Sydney, Australia
Celebrities: Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman
In a small nation of only 23 million people, what are the chances one small high school could produce two of the most famous actresses in the country, as well as the world? It’s not hard to believe that Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman are good friends, after all, the two Aussie celebrities are often seen hanging out and making out on the red carpet. But did you know the two were classmates at North Sydney Girls’ High School in Australia? The two have been friends for decades and neither time nor fame has kept them apart.
6. Crossroads School, Santa Monica, California
Celebrities: Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph
Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, has had a number of famous celebrities walk its halls and attend its classes over the years. The most famous include some of the most recognizable names in film and television, including actor, filmmaker and comedian Jonah Hill, actress Kate Hudson, actress, singer and blogger Gwyneth Paltrow, and comedian and actress Maya Rudolph. Although the others were too far apart to attend school at the same time, Maya Rudolph was just a grade older than Gwyneth Paltrow, the two having been lifelong friends.
5. Pacific Hills School, West Hollywood, California
Celebrities: Jason Bateman, John Cho, Monica Lewinsky and Drew Barrymore
Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, California, is an independent school for kids aged 6 to 12, home to only about 150 students at a time. Although known for its excellent sports programs, particularly its basketball team, the school has also become famous for the celebrities that graduated from here, including actress, model and director Drew Barrymore, actor, director and producer Jason Bateman, actor and musician John Cho, and ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Although none appeared to have been friends in high school, Jason Bateman and John Cho starred alongside each other in the movie Identity Theft.
4. Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California
Celebrities: Robert Downey, Jr., Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, and Sean Penn
It may sound like the cast of a funny action packed comedy film, but Robert Downey, Jr., Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn have more in common than their sense of humor and tremendous talent: they all attended the same high school together! The quartet were lifelong friends and attended the same high school, likely causing a lot of trouble for their teachers and entertaining their classmates while they attended Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California. The four all rose up to great levels of fame and success over the years, often competing over the same roles, while remaining friends in one of the world’s most cutthroat industries.
3. George Westinghouse Vocational and Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York
Celebrities: Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, The Notorious B.I.G. and DMX
It’s a common belief that the degree of one’s success depends on the people they associate with. This couldn’t be more true for alumni of George Westinghouse Vocational and Technical High School, a vocational public high school in Brooklyn, New York, which boasts four alumnus who have been some of the most influential in the world of hip-hop and rap, including Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes and DMX. How’s that for a roster? Over the years, the four artists have collaborated frequently, featuring each other on songs and albums. Busta Rhymes mentioned in an interview how one of his biggest and most meaningful defeats in his career came not on stage, but in their lunchroom cafeteria, where he lost a rap battle to Jay-Z.
2. Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, California
Celebrities: Betty White, Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Lenny Kravitz, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leighton Meester, David Schwimmer, Gabriel Macht and Tori Spelling
Serving as the only major public high school in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills High has been home to the rich and famous since its existence. The school is known for both its athletic programs, as well as its performing arts program, being the go-to choice for many entertainers, as well as children of entertainers. Its celebrity roster is so large, it would take up an entire page to list out, but some of the best known celebrities who attended this school include Betty White, Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Lenny Kravitz, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leighton Meester, David Schwimmer, Gabriel Macht and Tori Spelling, as well as Monica Lewinsky for a brief period before she transferred to Pacific Hills School. Although they weren’t particularly close in high school, Angelina Jolie and Nicolas Cage were able to reunite and work together on the Gone in 60 Seconds movie. Imagine how distracting it must have been, knowing you’re sitting in algebra class and thinking that anyone in that class could be the next biggest star.
1. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, New York City, New York
Celebrities: Azaelia Banks, Nicki Minaj, Kelis, Paul Stanley, Liza Minelli, Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro, Adrien Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chaz Bono and Al Pacino
Although offering an academic program to its students, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in New York City is focused on preparing its students for professional careers in the performing arts, including drama, dance, music, visual arts and theater. Its roster is so impressive, it’s hard to believe anyone not famous ever went there. Some of its alumni include musicians such as Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj (briefly), Kelis, KISS’s Paul Stanley, and Liza Minelli. Others that have graduated from here include famous actors and actresses such as Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro, Adrien Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Al Pacino, as well as entertainer Chaz Bono, who was Jennifer Aniston‘s best friend all through high school.