Like many people who go on to incredible success in adult life, John F. Kennedy was not a stellar student. While sick in bed, as he often was, he became an avid reader, but his considerable academic talents only surfaced periodically in the classrooms of the schools he attended, which included, while in Massachusetts, a public elementary school, Noble and Greenough, and the Dexter School. Once his family moved to New York, JFK went on to Riverdale and then to boarding school at Canterbury and Choate. Particularly during his high school years at Choate, JFK earned a reputation as a prankster, as a good history student, and as someone who could rally his fellow students, often to commit acts of mischief. Read more about JFK's education at private schools.
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