The year Paul Ryan graduated from high school, the Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, Canada, Oliver North testified in front of Congress about the Iran-Contra affair, and Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush were running for president.
Judging from his high school yearbook, the newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee might have been too busy to pay attention to any of that. The 1988 high school yearbook, “Standing Room Only,” for Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wis., shows a young Ryan, often clad in an oversized Craig Cougars sweatshirt, posing in photos for the student council, the Latin club, the history club, the letterman's club, the outdoors club and the International Geographic Society. The yearbook also says Ryan ran track his sophomore and senior year, was in the pep club his senior year, and was also in the ushers club and the Model U.N. He was also on the school’s varsity soccer team, which went 5-9-3 his senior year, ending up in fifth place.
Ryan was voted “Biggest Brown-Noser” by his high school class in a vote that also included “Best Looking,” "Best Athlete” and “Most Likely to Succeed,” a title that was won by his cousin Adam Ryan (Ryans pop up in the yearbook as often as pimples on a high schooler's face – the family has a big presence in Janesville). A senior survey indicates that his class was more well-off than many working-class towns in Wisconsin – 72% of seniors said they planned to go to college after high school. Nearly 3 in 4 said they drank alcoholic beverages.