Michelle Obama High School:
|Whitney Young High School (1981)|
Michelle Obama College:
|Princeton University (cum laude. BA, 1985), Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor, 1988)|
Michelle Obama, born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, grew up in Chicago, Illinois in the South Shore. As a child, she excelled in school, skipping the second grade and joining a gifted class at Bryn Mawr Elementary School. Teenaged Michelle commuted a whopping three hours to attend Whitney Young High School, where she was on the honor roll for four years, a member of the National Honor Society, and on the student council. In 1981, she graduated as class salutatorian and went on to the prestigious Princeton University. There she majored in sociology and wrote the thesis "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community". After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985, she continued her education by attending Harvard Law School in 1988 to earn her Juris Doctor. At Harvard, the brainy co-ed joined demonstrations for minority professorial hiring and gave legal assistance to low-income tenants. Obama first met her future husband at Sidley Austin, the law firm where she ended up after law school. Their first date included a trip to the movies, where they saw Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing; the rest is history. In 1992, the two were married, and today Michelle Obama is only the third First Lady with a postgraduate degree, has delivered a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, and uses her high-profile position to advocate for women and the impoverished.