Marky Mark Wahlberg tells Alexandria high schoolers to stay in school, kids

April 24, 2013

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Wahlberg chats with MTV personality Sway at T.C. Williams Wednesday. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)
Wahlberg chats with MTV personality Sway at T.C. Williams Wednesday. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

Mark Wahlberg is looking to shed his title as Hollywood’s most successful high school drop-out. The movie star/producer has enrolled in an online program to complete his credits, some 23 or so years after he left school — and he’s now taken up the cause of encouraging students to stay in school.

Our colleague Michael Allison Chandler was there today when Wahlberg dropped by Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School, which has been grappling with its graduation rate. The star’s message:

“If my career goes south, I’m working at McDonald’s. I’m driving a tow truck,” he told the students. “That’s why I’m going back to high school. . . If you think about what I accomplished without a diploma, imagine what you can do with an education.”

Quite a scene. It seems that T.C. won the inspirational visit from Wahlberg via a national contest. He was also in town to meet with policy folks on the issue. Read more: Mark Wahlberg to Alexandria students: Stay in school

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