In Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali attended Central High School. Ali earned a D in school and graduated 376th out of 391 students in 1960, the same year he won the gold medal in light-heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Athens. The man did not attend college.
Ali began his boxing training at the age of 12 after being born on January 18, 1942, under the name Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. When he defeated Sonny Liston by TKO in 1964, he was crowned heavyweight champion.
Despite being one of the best boxers of all time, Ali’s conduct outside of the ring, such as his racial pride and advocacy for racial justice and religious freedom, elevated him to the status of one of the 20th century’s most significant personalities.