We brought you our list of 25 Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, and now we're adding more. If these high school dropouts could go on to be successful, so can you. Be inspired.
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1. Walter Anderson
You could argue that Walter Anderson is the ultimate GED poster child. A high school dropout, Anderson went on to become the publisher of Parade magazine. He writes about his journey in the autobiography, Meant to Be: The True Story of a Son Who Discovers He Is His Mother's Deepest Secret, published by Harper Collins.
Anderson's bio on the Harper Collins website states: "Walter Anderson is chairman and CEO of Parade Publications and an Advisory Board member of Literacy Volunteers of America and National Center for Family Literacy. A high school dropout, he is a national spokesperson for GED and director of the National Dropout Prevention Fund."
2. Joe Bartholdi, Jr.If you're an avid poker player, you know Joe Bartholdi's name. His Facebook page says this about Joe's school years: "Bartholdi was a hustler from an early age. Known as "Gambles," he used to sell cigarettes to his classmates at school and was eventually expelled for fighting. As the next nearest school involved much travel, he did not go, and concentrated on obtaining a GED instead."
Joe is on Toby Bochan's list of the Top 10 Winningest Poker Players.
3. Christopher BlizzardChristopher Blizzard is a high-tech guru who contributed significantly to Mozilla and Open Source. He reportedly dropped out of high school and later earned a GED. We don't have a trusted source for this information. If you do, let us know.
4. Jeremy Bonderman
When Bonderman indeed passed the GED, the commissioner's office made him eligible for the draft. "I believed this was the best way for me to go," Bonderman said. "Believe me, I thought it out. We talked my future out with a lot of people, especially everyone at school."
Image: OAKLAND, CA - MAY 20: Jeremy Bonderman #38 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
5. Richard Carmona
Image: WASHINGTON - MARCH 11, 2003: U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona speaks at the 15th annual National Managed Health Care Congress in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)
6. D.L. Hughley
Image: LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 05: Actor/comedian D.L. Hughley performs his stand-up routine at The Orleans Hotel & Casino August 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
7. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Image: MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 07, 2012: Republican presidential candidate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. participates in the ABC News, Yahoo! News, and WMUR Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
8. Cyndi Lauper
Image: NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Cyndi Lauper attends MAC AIDS Fund volunteers at NYC's LGBT Center to commemorate World AIDS Day at MAC Cosmetics SoHo on December 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for MAC)
9. Brandon LeeA fan website for actor Brandon Lee, brandonlee.eu, states: He attended high school at Chadwick School, but was asked to leave for insubordination, more specifically driving down the school's hill backwards, three months before graduating. He received his GED in 1983, and then went to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in theater.
10. Stephen Leicht
Image: WEST ALLIS, WI - JUNE 20: Stephen Leicht, driver of the #29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet, waits to qualify for the NASCAR Nationwide Series NorthernTool.com 250 on June 20, 2009 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images for NASCAR)