Will Smith, 1986

Will Smith, 1986
The Record, Overbrook High School

Will Smith in science class at Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, PA, 1986.

Willard “Will” Carroll Smith, Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper and songwriter. He graduated with the class of 1986 from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, PA. Smith's break-out role in the late-1980s hit television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air led to a successful career in Hollywood. 

Smith was born in West Philadelphia, the son of Caroline (Bright), a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., a refrigeration engineer...Though widely reported, it is untrue that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend [MIT]; he never applied to college because he "wanted to rap." Smith says he was admitted to a "pre-engineering [summer] program" at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. According to Smith, "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college."

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Timeline: 1980s
Career: Arts & Humanities
Object: Image
Collection: Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Pop Culture, Recruitment