Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School

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You might expect Hollywood A-listers to attend ritzy private academies, but you would be surprised how many famous actors, musicians, politicians, and athletes actually attended Catholic school. Some of these famous Catholic school alumni have lapsed on their faith while other celebrity Catholic school students still religiously attend church to this day.

What stars number among celebrities who went to Catholic school? Reality television darling Kim Kardashian went to the all-girl Catholic Marymount High School. On the east coast, Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga attended New York's Convent of the Sacred Hearts and Jennifer Lopez went to Holy Family in the Bronx. A few celebs even have funny stories about their school days – Shakira, for instance, wasn't allowed to participate in the choir at her Catholic school because the director thought she sounded "like a goat."

Several famous men also went to Catholic school. Barack Obama attended Santo Fransiskus Asisi Catholic School for first through third grade and John C. Reilly went to Brother Rice High School in Chicago.

Whether their choice of school was based on personal faith or stellar curriculum, these famous people all share a common educational background. Keep scrolling to see who else appears on this list.
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  1. Kim Kardashian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School
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    Kim Kardashian went to the all-girl Catholic Marymount High School.
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    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Model, + more
    • Credits: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Kim Kardashian: Fit in Your Jeans by Friday - Amazing Abs Body Sculpt
  2. Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School
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    Barack Obama attended Santo Fransiskus Asisi Catholic School for first through third grade.
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    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    • Profession: Politician, Author, Law professor, Writer, Lawyer
    • Credits: By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, 60 Minutes, Mistaken for Strangers, Senator Obama Goes to Africa
  3. Madonna went to a Catholic high school.
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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita
  4. George Clooney was an altar boy during his Catholic school days.
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    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Gravity, Ocean's Eleven, Up in the Air, The Descendants
  5. Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School
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    Jennifer Lopez went to Holy Family in the Bronx.
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    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Out of Sight, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, American Idol
  6. Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School
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    Justin Bieber graduated from of St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in Stratford, Ontario.
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    • Age: 21
    • Birthplace: London, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Justine Bieber: Never Say never, Justine Bieber's Believe, The Karate Kid, Step Up revolution
  7. Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School
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    Lady Gaga attended New York's Convent of the Sacred Heart.
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    • Age: 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Machete Kills, Lady Gaga: Paparazzi
  8. Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Went to Catholic School
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    Tom Cruise attended St. Francis Seminary School in Cincinnati.
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    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men
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