Tim Cook may now be the head of the world’s most successful technology company, but like all greats and not greats, he was once a child, a pimply tall teenage schoolboy from the small town of Robertsdale, Alabama.
Cook doesn’t like to share information about his past, however, thanks to the album of school photos, we can get an idea of what Tim looked like when he was at Salutatorian Robertsdale High School in 1978.
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There was only one female student in that class at Robertsdale High exceeding Tim Cook academic performance – Teresa Prochaska Huntsman – seated to the left of Cook in the photo above. Teresa was given the honor of reading her farewell speech at graduation while Cook was ranked second in the school’s rankings.
This photo shows Tim Cook along with the rest of the staff who released the annual school album. Cook served as a business manager on this project during his senior year.
Cook was loved at school as one of the brightest students, says math teacher Barbara Davis.
He was not what is now called “nerd.” He was just the kind of person with whom it was pleasant to be. He was reliable, always meticulous in his work, so I knew that everything would be done correctly if he got down to business.
Like the top two students in their class Tim Cook and Teresa Huntsman (pictured below creating a school album) worried that their chemistry teacher was not preparing them enough for admission to chemistry college. They both filed complaints against their mentor, demanding more intense classes, but they were told not to worry. Both went on to study Industrial Engineering at Auburn College.
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Here’s another photo of the yearbook team that Cook was in. Tim had three brothers, and they all started working as teenagers. Tim’s first job was delivering newspapers, then he worked in a restaurant, and later in a pharmacy with his mother.
In 1977 Tim Cook won the Baldwin EMC Youth Tour with Christine Gregorius of Fairhope High School. Former teachers describe him as a friendly, industrious lanky teenager who played trombone in a band and published the school’s annual photo album.
“He is the pride and joy of our city,” said Susie Kendrick Vivar, a former classmate who still lives in Robertsdale. “We are all very proud that he lived here.”