High school dropout wins Nobel Prize

Alvin Roth, who just won the Nobel Prize for Economics, a high school dropout. Finding his Queens high school boring, he quit in his junior year but managed to get into Columbia, earn an engineering degree and go on to earn a doctorate in operations research at Stanford.

His work has been used to match students to their schools of choice and match medical school graduates to residencies.

Of course, dropping out of high school is one of those don’t-try-this-at-home ideas.