Oprah Winfrey High School:
|East Nashville High School, Nashville, TN (1971)|
Oprah Winfrey College:
|Tennessee State University (1971-76), BA Speech and Drama, Tennessee State University (1987)|
From the beginning, Oprah Gail Winfrey received one hard lesson after another. Born on January 29th, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, a small farming community, she was handed difficult lesson number one when her mother left her to be raised by her father and grandmother. She moved back home with her father, a man who valued discipline and education above all else. An extremely intelligent young woman, she was always high above her peers when it came to school. Oprah worked hard to be the very best in whatever situation she found herself in, including a highly competitive public speaking contest. Through that she won a scholarship to Tennessee State University, which she utilized as soon as she graduated from East Nashville High School. At Tennessee State University, the vivacious Ms. Winfrey majored in Speech Communications and Preforming Arts; it seems she took those lessons to heart--she is nothing if not determined and single-minded in her desire to continuously educate those around her to be the very best they can be.