This Buzzfeed Politics gallery of “69 Politicians As They Were In High School” includes several figures with local connections.
4. Former Senator Rick “The Rooster” Santorum: Santorum graduated from Mundelein’s Carmel High School in 1976, although he earned the nickname “The Rooster” as a schoolboy in Pennsylvania, for his cowlick and his outspoken political opinions.
9. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Clinton, then Hillary Rodham, is a 1965 graduate of Maine South High School in Park Ridge, where she was a Young Republican and that prissy girl who always did her homework.
19. Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod: Axelrod, who has the longest hair of anyone in this gallery, male or female, graduated from Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School in 1972.
24. First Lady Michelle Obama: Michelle Robinson was salutatorian of Whitney Young High School’s Class of 1982.
31. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh: Walsh was president of Barrington High School’s Class of 1980.
41. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich: Blagojevich graduated from Foreman High School in 1974, after transferring from Lane Tech.
60. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: Rummy was a big-shot wrestler, and football player and Eagle Scout at New Trier High School, from which he graduated in 1950.
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