Bill Clinton High School:
|Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs AR|
Bill Clinton College:
|Georgetown University, BS Foreign Service, (1968), Oxford University, no degree,Yale University, JD Law (1973)|
Bill Clinton was born in 1946 in Hope, Arkansas to a traveling salesman who died three months before Bill was born. His mother remarried and moved the family to Hot Springs in 1950, where Clinton attended St. John's Catholic Elementary School, Ramble Elementary School, and Hot Springs High School. As a student, he was a leader of his peers, an avid reader, and a passionate musician. His tenor saxophone skills won him first chair in the state band's saxophone section. When he was 16, however, he decided that though he loved music, he believed he could be greater at public service than as a musician. His participation in a mock trial in Latin class led him to realize his interest in law, while hearing MLK, Jr's I Have a Dream speech contributed to his decision to eventually enter politics. Towards these goals, he attended on scholarship the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., receiving his B.S. in 1968. Clinton interned for Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright for a summer before he graduated, and then went on to win a Rhodes Scholarship to University College, Oxford where he studied politics and economics before transferring to Yale. At Yale University, the future president met his future wife, Hillary Rodham, who was in her second year. The two married four years later, and have become an iconic Democratic Party power-couple. Since graduating with his J.D., Bill Clinton has been Governor of Arkansas, President of the United States for two terms, and campaigner for his wife's bid for presidency in 2008.