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Want to See President Obama's High School Prom Photos?


Plus a collection of U.S. presidents in their middle and high school years.

Photo courtesy TIME.

Well here’s something fun: TIME has acquired previously unpublished photos of a 17-year-old Barack Obama preparing for his senior prom:

Photo courtesy TIME.

“Barry spent his days at the Punahou School in Hawaii studying, shooting hoops and goofing off with his friends,” TIME notes. “On prom night … Obama and his date Megan Hughes, a student at the Hawaii School for Girls at La Pietra, … sipped champagne before going to the dance and then an after-party.”

(You can click here to see more photos of President Obama’s senior prom.)

After looking through the president’s prom photos, we got to thinking: why not dig up old middle and high school photos of past presidents?

So we did. Enjoy:

George W. Bush:

Here's George W. Bush as a senior at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in 1963-64. (Phillips Academy Yearbook)

President George W. Bush was a Cheerleader at Phillips Academy. (classmates.com)

Bill Clinton:

Bill Clinton spent his high school years at Hot Springs High School in Arkansas. (asylum.com)

George H. W. Bush:

George H. W. Bush played baseball at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. Photo circa 1942. (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

George H. W. Bush at Phillips Academy (1937). (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

Ronald Reagan:

Ronald Reagan (front row, fourth from left) and his brother Neil Reagan (front row, third from right) on their Dixon high school football team in Dixon, Illinois. 1925. (reagan.utexas.edu)

Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in Lowell Park, Illinois. Photo circa 1927 (reagan.utexas.edu)

Jimmy Carter:

Jimmy Carter played on the Plains High School basketball team. Carter is in the back row, second from left. (Courtesy Jimmy Carter Library)

Gerald Ford:

Gerald Ford in High School, 1931. (Ford Library Museum)

Gerald Ford, right, captain of the 1930 South High School football team, is shown with coach Cliff Gidding. (Grand Rapids Press File Photo)

Richard Nixon:

Richard Nixon in high school. (Wikimedia Commons)

Lyndon B. Johnson:

Coach Lyndon Johnson with his Sam Houston High School debate team in Houston. Left to right: Luther E. Jones, Margaret Epley, LBJ, Evelyn Lee, and Gene Latimer. Photo circa 1931. (lbjlibrary.tumblr.com)


John F. Kennedy attended Choate, a boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut. Photo circa 1934. (worldhistoryproject.org)

JFK graduates with the class of 1935. He was voted "most likely to succeed" by his classmates. Except his peers didn't really elect him. He rigged the vote. (worldhistoryproject.org)

Dwight Eisenhower:

Eisenhower graduated from West Point in 1915. In 1916, he married Mamie Doud. (Photo Credit: Dwight D. Eisenhower Library)

BONUS: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney at Cranbrook School in Michigan. Photo circa 1963. (s3-ec.buzzfed.com)


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