Before The World Knew Their Names, These Celebrities Were High School Athletes

It’s hard to believe, but before celebrities became international sensations, most of them were normal, awkward high schoolers. Some of them even took part in their schools’ athletic programs, helping their respective teams win championships and make it to state. Imagine going to the school ice hockey game, only to see Steve Carell padded up in the goal with Avril Lavigne skating down the ice toward him.

That’s right, both The Office star and the pop singer played in high school. Before tabloids and major news outlets wrote articles about their latest movies, television shows, or hit singles, local papers knew these celebrities by their names and high school sports statistics.

James Dean Played Basketball For His High School

James Dean Played Basketball For His High School
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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Cultural icon and Golden Age of Hollywood star James Dean was like most other kids in his youth, joking around with friends and playing sports for his high school. While Dean was born in California, he ended up attending Fairmont High School in Indiana.

Back then, he was known as Jimmy, and he played on both the varsity basketball and baseball teams. According to the IndyStar, Dean was “an aggressive and intense perfectionist on the court. When a foul was called on him that he thought unfair, he would yank off those glasses and hurl them to the floor.” James Dean in glasses — fancy that!