Pro athletes you never knew went to the same high school
Depending on what stage of life you currently occupy, high school either feels like just yesterday (or today!) or a million years ago. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that our favorite pros — the NBA All-Stars, NFL Pro-Bowlers and the like — even went to high school at all. What’s even more fascinating is which celebrity athletes went to the same high school.
Sure, it makes sense that two basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo were groomed in the same halls, but did you know that MLB pitcher Jake Arrieta and embattled cycling star Lance Armstrong went to the same public high school north of Dallas?
Keep reading to learn which of your all-time heroes could have hung their jerseys in the same locker or even shared a trigonometry teacher. Did you hear that bell? Class is now in session.
Tom Brady and Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds and Tom Brady both went to Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. The two highly decorated athletes played football, baseball and basketball during high school.
Bonds was with the Padres from 1978 to 1982. Brady spent the early '90s there — he graduated in 1995. Other NFL pros to don the Padres jersey include Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari and Tennessee Titans defensive end Matt Dickerson.
LeBron James and Parris Campbell
One is the greatest basketball player of his generation, the other is an up-and-coming wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. But they both got their start at St. Vincent-St. Mary's in Akron, Ohio.
LeBron James has acted as a mentor for Campbell and has shouted out the young NFL talent from Akron on social media.
Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier
Both of these NBA vets spent a season polishing their college applications at Hargrave Military Academy before heading off to Louisville for college.
As teammates for the Louisville Cardinals, Harrell and Rozier received All-ACC accolades and helped keep the team in the top 10 for most of the 2014-15 season.
Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo
These two future NBA All-Stars both played at the storied Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, though they were never teammates. Carmelo Anthony was there from 2001 to 2002 and Rondo just after, from 2003 to 2004.
Of late, you can find Anthony coming off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers. After helping the Lakers to their seventeenth NBA Championship, Rondo made his way to Atlanta to play for the Hawks.
Victor Oladipo and Markelle Fultz
These NBA guards both hail from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. They also both played for the DeMatha Catholic Stags in nearby Hyattsville. Oladipo graduated from DeMatha in 2010.
Markelle Fultz attended DeMatha from 2012 to 2016. He impressed on the freshman team but was cut from the varsity squad the following year. After earning his way onto the varsity team at DeMatha, Fultz was named Player of the Year in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, and the rest is history.
Chase Utley and DeSean Jackson
Long Beach Poly in Long Beach, Calif. is well known as a professional-athlete factory. These two success stories are just the tip of the Jackrabbits’ enormous iceberg. Six-time MLB All-Star Chase Utley attended the school from 1993 to 1997.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson wore Jackrabbit green from 2001 to 2005. After college, Jackson played for the University of California, Berkeley before heading off to the NFL.
Chase Young and Quinn Cook
Lakers reserve Quinn Cook spent the first three years of high school at DeMatha before transferring to Oak Hill in Virginia for his senior outing. Cook was with the Stags from 2007 to 2010.
Chase Young started his high school career at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md. and transferred to DeMatha in 2015.
Clayton Kershaw and Matt Stafford
These two sure do clean up nice. That's Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matt Stafford and Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw dressed up for the 2012 ESPY Awards.
The two were actually teammates at Highland Park High school near Dallas. In addition to throwing strikeouts from the pitcher's mound, Kershaw also played center on the Scots football team.
Lance Armstrong and Jake Arrieta
Plano East Senior high in Plano, Texas produced both of these athletes. Cycling pro Lance Armstrong was a Panther in the 1980s.
Decades later, future major league ace Jake Arrieta would put on a Panthers uniform. Following a doping scandal, Armstrong was stripped of all the titles he won from around 1998 until his retirement.
Jesse Hahn and Matt Harvey
These two MLB stars were teammates at Fitch High School in Connecticut, where Harvey's father coached the baseball team. After high school, Hahn (left) went to Virginia Tech and was picked up by the Rays in the 2010 MLB draft.
Harvey (right) went to UNC after high school and was drafted No. 7 by the Mets in 2010. The two became teammates again in 2020 when they both were pitching for the Kansas City Royals. Harvey is currently a free agent.
Mike and Maurkice Pouncey and Chris Sale
These three athletes are all Lakeland High School Dreadnaughts alumni. As seniors, in fall 2006, the Pouncey twins helped Lakeland football to its third consecutive Florida Class 5A state championship. These days, Maurkice plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mike plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale was in the same graduating class as Mike and Maurkice. After high school, Sale headed to Florida Gulf Coast University. The White Sox selected Sale in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft.
Ezekiel Elliott and Foyesade Oluokun
These two NFL talents were teammates at the John Burroughs School in St. Louis. After graduation, in 2013, Elliot headed to Ohio State, and Oluokun went to Yale.
The Dallas Cowboys picked Elliot fourth overall in the 2016 NFL draft. The Falcons selected Oluokun in the sixth round in 2018.
Richard Sherman and Jeron Johnson
Sherman and Johnson both arrived on campus at Los Angeles' Dominguez High School as freshmen in 2002. His senior year in high school, classmates voted Sherman "most likely to succeed." Sherman was also the salutatorian on his graduating class. Johnson and Sherman also helped lead Dominguez to a Southern California regional title.
The two players would become teammates again in the NFL. Both Johnson and Sherman were playing for the Seattle Seahawks when they won the Super Bowl in 2014. Johnson left Seattle for the Washington Football Team in 2014. Sherman stuck around for a few more years before packing his bags for San Francisco in 2018.
Jabari Parker and Derrick Rose
Parker and Rose were both stars on the Simeon Career Academy basketball team in Chicago. In 2010, Parker became the first-ever freshman to start on Simeon's varsity team. By the beginning of his senior year, Parker was the consensus No. 1 prospect in the country.
Rose was already on many college coaches' radar before he even got to high school. During his tenure at Simeon, Rose helped lead the Wolverines to two consecutive league championships. As a senior, he was named Illinois Mr. Basketball.
Drew Brees and Nick Foles
These two quarterbacks hail from Westlake High School in Austin. Brees is ten years Foles' senior, so the two were never teammates. They have, however, faced off in the pros.
In the 2019 NFC Divisional playoffs, Brees and the Saints defeated Foles and the Eagles 20 to 14. The following week, the Saints lost to the Los Angeles Rams, missing out on a chance to face off with the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Steph and Seth Curry and Garrett Bradbury
Up-and-coming Minneosta Vikings center Garrett Bradbury went to Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina. The school gained notoriety in the early 2000s after producing now-famous NBA sharpshooting brothers Steph and Seth Curry.
When Stephen Curry played for the Knights, he led the team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances. Seth Curry's time at Charlotte Christian was also impressive. The team won 105 games, losing just 24, during his three years on the varsity squad. The Curry brothers were on the varsity team together for one season.
D'Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons
These two future All-Stars played together at Florida's basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy. Together, they led the Eagles to two back-to-back High School National Tournament championships.
After high school, Russell headed to Ohio State University. Simmons accepted a scholarship offer from Louisiana State University. The Lakers selected Russell second overall in the 2015 NBA draft. And the Philadelphia 76ers picked Simmons first in the 2016 draft.
Kawhi Leonard and Tony Snell
Snell and Leonard were teammates for one season at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Calif. The following year, Snell transferred to Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix.
These days, Leonard is trying to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their first NBA championship. Snell is coming off the bench for the Atlanta Hawks.
Patrick Mahomes and Josh Tomlin
Josh Tomlin and Super Bowl quarterback Patrick Mahomes have a couple things in common. First, they both went to Whitehouse High School, a public school in Whitehouse, Texas.
They were also both pitchers on the high school baseball team. Mahomes was famously drafted by the Detroit Tigers out of high school, but he opted to head to college at Texas Tech instead.
Stephon Gilmore and Jadeveon Clowney
Gilmore and Clowney played together at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C. Clowney, who is a couple years younger than Gilmore, joined the varsity team during his sophomore season. With their forces combined, they finished the year undefeated.
These days, Clowney plays outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, and Gilmore plays corner for the Patriots. They have both made multiple Pro-Bowl appearances.
Pete Maravich and DeAndre Hopkins
These two elite talents might come from different eras, but they went to the same high school: D.W. Daniel High School in Central, S.C.
"Pistol Pete," as he came to be known, is considered one of the greatest players in the history of basketball.
Hopkins is a five-time Pro-Bowler wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. In 2017, he led the NFL in touchdown receptions.
Travis d'Arnaud and Matt Duffy
These two MLB stars both went to Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Calif. Though their time at the school overlapped, they were never teammates on the varsity squad — Duffy didn't make the varsity team until his junior year.
After high school, d'Arnaud went straight to the minor leagues. He made his first major league plate appearance a few years later, in 2013, as a New York Met. These days you'll find him behind home plate, catching for the Atlanta Braves.
Duffy spent a couple of seasons at Long Beach State University before signing with the San Francisco Giants. In December 2020, Duffy signed a minor league contract in the Chicago Cubs organization.
Michael Beasley and Steven Adams
Beasley and Adams both had non-traditional high school stints. Beasley went to six different high schools but spent his senior season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.
Adams spent one semester at Notre Dame Prep, having already graduated from high school in New Zealand, to become acclimated to American basketball rules before starting college at Pitt.
Jayson Tatum and Bradley Beal
Tatum and Beal both attended Chaminade College Prep in Creve Coeur, Mo. Beal graduated in 2011, having earned the title of Missouri's top high school basketball player. Today, he plays for the Washington Wizards.
Five years later, Tatum was also the top Missouri prospect. He was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year and the No. 3 overall recruit nationally. Today, Tatum is a starter for the Boston Celtics.
Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
These two NBA standouts were teammates for two years at the Patrick School in Hillside, N.J. Together, they helped the team to its third New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in four years. The following year, the team was banned from state tournament games for holding practice before the official beginning of the season.
But that postseason ban didn't slow down these two talents. Irving spent one season at Duke before going first overall in the NBA draft. Kidd-Gilchrist played for Kansas State for a year and was selected second overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012.
RJ Barrett and Joel Embiid
Embiid spent one year with the Montverde Eagles before transferring to The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla. This year, Embiid is leading the Philadelphia 76ers in scoring and rebounds.
RJ Barrett played three seasons at Montverde after moving to the U.S. from Canada. He graduated early and reclassified so he could play at Duke a year earlier, alongside teammates Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish. Barrett is having a breakout season for the New York Knicks.
Colin Sexton and Kenyan Drake
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Colin Sexton started his high school career at Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Ga. He transferred to Pebblebrook in 2015.
Kenyan Drake is a kick returner for the Arizona Cardinals. He was a student at Hillgrove from 2008 to 2012.
Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph
Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. may have only existed for 13 short years, but the controversial basketball-centric high school produced more than its fair share of NBA talent. Two of those players, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, transferred to Findlay after playing together on AAU teams. They both accepted offers to attend the University of Texas at Austin after high school.
Tristan Thompson is currently the leading rebounder for the Boston Celtics. Cory Joseph is a reserve for the Sacramento Kings.
Dillon Brooks and Kelly Oubre
Brooks and Oubre also played at Findlay Prep. Oubre transferred to the school for his senior season and the two played together for one year, in 2013 and '14.
Brooks, of late, is lending his talents to the Memphis Grizzlies. Oubre is a reliable starter for the Golden State Warriors.
Julio Jones and D. J. Fluker
Both of these future NFL stars were multi-sport athletes at Foley High School in Foley, Ala. In addition to football, Jones was a starter on the school's basketball team. He also competed in track and field. Fluker was also on the track and football teams.
Today, Jones is a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. Fluker is a tackle on the Baltimore Ravens roster.
Phillip Dorsett and Duron Carter
Dorsett and Carter attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The duo would help the Raiders to back-to-back Florida state 5A titles in 2007 and 2008.
In 2015, they would join forces again, briefly, this time in the NFL on the Indianapolis Colts. Dorsett is a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. Carter is currently a free agent. He's been a journeyman player in the Canadian Football League since 2016.
Te'a Cooper and Isaac Okoro
Cooper and Okoro both hit the hardwood at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga.
Te'a Cooper wrapped up her first season with the Los Angeles Sparks in October. She averaged 7 points and 2 assists per game. Okoro is in the midst of his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs selected him fifth overall in the 2020 NBA draft.
Brandon Ingram and Reggie Bullock
What do Brandon Ingram and Reggie Bullock have in common? They both went to Kinston High School in Kinston, N.C. The future NBA standouts each led the Vikings to three (Bullock) and four (Ingram) state titles during their respective high school careers.
You can catch Brandon Ingram playing for the New Orleans Pelicans these days, along fellow Dukies JJ Redick and Zion Williamson. Bullock, who attended the University of North Carolina after high school, is starting for the New York Knicks.
Russell Westbrook and Delon Wright
These NBA guards both attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif. before sharpening their skills in the Pac-12 (or Pac-10, in Westbrook's case).
Wright went on to be a top player for the Utah Utes. Westbrook spent a couple of seasons at UCLA before splitting for the NBA. The Bruins went to the Final Four both of those seasons.
Dion Jordan and Brett Hundley
Brett Hundley and Dion Jordan both got their starts at Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz.
These days, you can find Hundley as a backup quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. The San Francisco 49ers added Jordan, a defensive end, to their active roster in September 2020.
Kiké Hernández and Geovany Soto
These MLB players are the only two to be drafted out of this high school in Puerto Rico. Hernandez left the defending-champ Dodgers in free agency, agreeing to a two-year deal with the Red Sox.
Soto has hopped around the league since his initial seven-year run with the Cubs. In 2017, he was with the White Sox, but remains unsigned since.
Thon Maker and Jamal Murray
These two young international players were teammates at Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada. Murray's father was an assistant basketball coach at the time.
Murray made waves in the 2020 postseason, shooting lights out for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA bubble. The Cleveland Cavaliers waved Thon Maker in January 2021. He has yet to sign with another team.
Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke
Sullinger and Burke were teammates on the Northland High School basketball team. Sullinger's father, Satch, was the coach at Northland.
Burke's father was the assistant coach at another local school, but Burke opted to stick with Northland. Sullinger is currently a free agent and Burke plays for the Dallas Mavericks.
Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin and Isaiah Wynn
The Griffin twins and Isaiah Wynn were all teammates at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Patriots drafted Wynn in 2018 out of the University of Georgia. Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin both played football at UCF after high school. Now, you'll find the duo on the Seattle Seahawks' roster.