Largely regarded and respected as an extremely hardworking and efficient executive with a penchant for spreadsheets, recently released High School photos of Apple CEO Tim Cook reveal that Cook was as diligent as a student as he is now as an executive.
The photos below were unearthed this past weekend by a user on Reddit and show that Cook, like most of us, was a gawky teenager prone to the fashion of the times - in this case, an interesting pair of plaid pants. That's certainly surprising and somewhat comical given Cook's current reputation for being rather straight laced.
Here we see a photo of Cook, along with his snazzy pants, holding a trophy for winning his school's optimist oratorical contest.
Pant jokes aside, it's also interesting - though hardly surprising - that Cook was voted "Most Studious" two years running, both as a freshman and as a sophomore.
Interestingly enough, Steve Jobs, who originally lured Cook to Apple in 1998 wasn't quite the student that Cook was. Back in 1991, Jobs was subject to an FBI background check after President George H.W. Bush was considering appointing Jobs to the U.S. President's Export Council. Released in early 2012, the file reveals that Jobs received mostly Bs and Cs and finished Homestead high School with a 2.65 GPA.
In any event, pictured below are a few more choice shots of Cook from back in the day.