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Famous High School Dropouts

Updated October 11, 2019 1.1m views85 items

List RulesAny celebrities who dropped out of high school or didn't graduate high school

Check out this list of famous high school dropouts ranked by fame and popularity. Some of the most famous actors and musicians of all time have had successful careers without receiving a high school diploma. Many of them left school at an early age in order to pursue their dreams, while some left school due to bad grades and bad behavior.

Who is the most famous high school dropout? Lindsay Lohan tops our list. Lohan started acting at an early age, starring in films like “Freaky Friday” and “The Parent Trap.” Though she couldn't attend a traditional high school, Lohan later received her high school equivalency through home schooling. Other famous actors that chose work over school include, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Gosling and Daniel Radcliffe.

Jay-Z dropped out of high school to make money dealing drugs on the street. He went on to create an empire comprised of a music label, clothing line and endorsement deals. Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain dropped out of school to start pursuing a music career and pop punk songstress Avril Lavigne quit school after she landed a record deal in New York.

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  • Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous High School Dropouts
    Photo: Rafael Torres / Flickr
    Johnny Depp actually dropped out of high school to pursue a music career.  He made his first film appearance in the horror classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America

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  • Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous High School Dropouts
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    Katy Perry dropped out of Santa Barbara Don Pueblos High School at the age of 15 to pursue her musical dreams.  The gamble paid off and the "Roar" superstar has since risen up the charts and completed her GED.
    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Nicolas Cage, whose uncle is "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, dropped out of high school to get into the family business of film making.
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

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  • Gisele Bundchen dropped out of high school at age 14 to pursue a career in modelling.  Bundchen is a student of the world and can speak five languages.
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Três de Maio, Brazil

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