Johnny Depp, Walt Disney, Elton John, Eminem, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Roseanne Barr, Robert De Niro, Jim Carrey, Princess Diana Spencer, Richard Branson, John Travolta, Marilyn Monroe, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Downey Jr. are all notable high-school dropouts. Albert Einstein also left school at age 15, but he eventually went back and earned his high school diploma after failing an entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.Continue Reading
At age 16, film legend Walt Disney tried to join the military after leaving school. Since he didn't meet the Army's age requirements, Disney used forged documents to join the Red Cross instead and became an ambulance driver.
Struggles with dyslexia led media mogul Richard Branson to drop out at age 16. His entrepreneurial pursuits have led to several world-renowned companies, including Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Diana Spencer was known for her charming public image as British royalty and her tragic death. Before she became the princess of Wales, Spencer performed poorly on all of her high school exams and eventually dropped out at age 16.
Tarantino, De Niro, Travolta and Downey are all award-winning Hollywood entertainers who left school to get an early start in acting. Actress Cameron Diaz dropped out to pursue a modeling career, while actress Marilyn Monroe cut her education short to get married.Learn more about K-12