These Well-Known Public Figures Were Once Local Student-Athletes

Graduation season is in full swing! Check out some well-known figures from D.C., Maryland and Virginia who were once local student-athletes.

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Katie Ledecky swam for Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. She holds school records for all but one swimming event, according to the school’s website. Ledecky won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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Ali Krieger played soccer at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, and was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in her senior season. She played soccer at Penn State and currently plays for the Orlando Pride.
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Cameron Wake played football at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, and then played for Penn State. He has spent each of his nine seasons in the NFL playing for the Dolphins.
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Christopher Kinney was a standout track and field athlete at Georgetown, securing several Big East championships. He recently competed in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.
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Darnell Dockett played football at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland. Dockett spent 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Arizona Cardinals.
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Grant Hill played basketball at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, and attended Duke. The Detroit Pistons selected him in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. He played for four different teams over 18 seasons.
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Joe Haden played football at Friendly Senior High School in Friendly, Maryland. He played college football at Florida and was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Haden has spent eight seasons in the NFL.
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Jonathan Ogden was a member of the football team at the St. Albans School in D.C. The Ravens drafted Ogden in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He spent 12 seasons in the NFL.
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Kam Chancellor played football at Matthew Fontaine Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Chancellor in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has spent all eight of his professional seasons with the Seahawks.
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Markelle Fultz played basketball at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He is currently a guard for the Philadelphia 76ers and is averaging 6.4 points per game.
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NaVorro Bowman played football at Suitland High School in Forestville, Maryland. Bowman attended Penn State and was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He most recently played with the Raiders and 49ers.
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Ronald Darby was a football player at Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and then played at Florida State. The Buffalo Bills drafted Darby in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
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Stefon Diggs played high school football at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. He spent three college seasons at Maryland before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Diggs has averaged more than 10 yards per catch in his three seasons with the Vikings.
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Victor Oladipo played basketball at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. Then he attended Indiana University and was drafted in the first round of 2013 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Oladipo has started every game for the Indiana Pacers this season.
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Vontae Davis played football at Dunbar High School in D.C. and attended Illinois before he started his NFL career. The Dolphins drafted Davis in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has spent the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
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Bill Hamid played soccer at Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia, and DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. Hamid gained experience playing with the D.C. United Academy and started every game with D.C. United during the 2017 season.
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Freddy Adu attended The Heights in Potomac, Maryland, and was recruited by the Potomac Cougars, a club team. When he was 14 years old, Adu signed to play professionally with D.C. United.
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Carmelo Anthony played high school basketball at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. He attended Syracuse and then was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft.
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Darrius Heyward-Bey played football at McDonough and Maryland before the Oakland Raiders selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
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Haley Skarupa attended Thomas Wootton High in Rockville, Maryland. She was a forward on the 2018 Olympic women’s ice hockey team and was drafted by the New York Riveters.
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Kevin Durant was a member of the basketball team at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland. The Suitland, Maryland, native was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft. He has emerged as one of the faces of the NBA and averages about 27 points per game.
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Sandra Bullock was a cheerleader at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. Now an Oscar-winning actor and producer, Bullock has 57 actress credits and 14 producer credits, according to IMDb.
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Goldie Hawn attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was a member of the school’s swim and cheer teams, according to Rolling Stone.
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Shawne Merriman attended Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and was a defensive end at Maryland. The then-San Diego Chargers drafted Merriman in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Merriman played in the NFL for eight seasons.
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Vernon Davis played high school football at Dunbar High School in D.C. and college football at Maryland. The tight end has spent the last two seasons with the Redskins.
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Mike Barrowman graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, before emerging as an Olympic swimmer. He swam for Churchill and won a gold medal in the 200-meter men’s breaststroke during the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain.
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Justin Bour played baseball at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, and at George Mason. The Cubs drafted Bour in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. He is currently the starting first baseman for the Miami Marlins.
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Steve Francis had two separate stints at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, before earning a starting spot with the Maryland men’s basketball team. Francis helped the Terps secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 1998-99, where they lost to St. John’s in the Sweet Sixteen.
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Hakeem Abdul-Saboor played several sports at Powhatan High School in Virginia and went on to play football at the University of Virginia at Wise. He also earned a spot on Team USA's 2018 12-man Olympic bobsled team.
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Shawn Springs played football at Springbrook High School in Colesville, Maryland. He attended Ohio State, and the Seattle Seahawks drafted Springs in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.
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Yannick Ngakoue played high school football at Archbishop Carroll and Friendship Academy in D.C. He played at Maryland, and the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted him in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has started all but one game the last two seasons.
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