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The Quick 10: Celebs Who Went to High School Together

Stacy Conradt
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It's kind of stunning how many celebrities actually went to high school together "“ when you start looking at the list of people who attended prestigious prep schools and performing arts academies at the same time, Hollywood must just seem like high school never ended to some actors (ugh). I tried to stay away from Hollywood High and Beverly Hills High, because those are too easy "“ tons of celebrities graduated from there. If I missed any really strange ones, be sure to let me know in the comments "“ I love stuff like that.

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4. Writer James Baldwin and photographer Richard Avedon were close friends in high school when they worked on the DeWitt Clinton literary magazine together. They remained good friends throughout their careers, although writer Rachel Cohen says there was some "tension" in the "˜60s.

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7. B.J. Novak and John Krasinski (Ryan and Jim from The Office, respectively) both went to Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts. The first play Krasinski was in was written by B.J. Novak, in fact.

8. At the prestigious Dalton prep school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, these celebs would have been roaming the halls at the same time "“ whether they knew each other or not is anyone's guess: Anderson Cooper, Christian Slater and Steve Lemme from Broken Lizard.

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Here's a bonus "“ they didn't go to high school together, but I liked the story anyway:

11. Jeff Garlin (Larry's manager Jeff Greene in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Conan O'Brien used to room together in 1988 in Chicago, where they lived right across the street from Wrigley Field. You'd think with such two funny dudes sharing a roof, it would be constant laughs "“ but no. Conan said that he literally cried one day because his room was so hot. Jeff's room, however, had air conditioning.

If this high school stuff is just too kiddie for you, check out this post about famous college roomies by Jason Plautz.

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