Marion Morrison’s High School Years – John Wayne

Marion Morrison’s High School Years

Marion Morrison’s High School Years

Marion Morrison’s High School YearsAnnouncement Date : Jan 1 , 1921

The Morrison family continued to live in Glendale, California while Duke attended high school from 1921 – 1925.  During Duke’s teenage years, Glendale called itself the “Fastest Growing City in America,” with its downtown growing into a bustling commercial and entertainment location with banks, stores, and theaters along Brand Blvd., still today Glendale’s Main Street.


A member of the class of 1925, Duke Morrison attended Glendale High School, where he was active in sports and school activities.  Duke played football as a member of the Class B and champion Varsity teams, and excelled as a 170-pound guard.  Duke thrived at academics, earning the Bronze Honor Pin and contributing to the school newspaper, the Explosion, as a sports writer.  Active in student government, Duke was junior class representative and vice president, and later elected president for the class of ’25.  Duke also enjoyed social activities, serving as chairman of the senior class dance and reception committee.


Even as a teenager, Duke was at home participating in various productions as both a stage crew member and an actor.  One of his more humorous performances was during Glendale High School’s Variety Show, when he and his football teammates participated in a fashion show donning the latest fashions – for women!