Because we all have embarrassing high school photos of ourselves (and more importantly, our friends!). Here’s what five superstars from our great state looked like before they were famous.

1. Don Knotts

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Before he was Barney Fife, Don Knotts was just another kid from Morgantown. Here he is as the President of his sophomore class at Morgantown High School in 1940.

2. Brad Paisley

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Brad graduated from John Marshall High School in Glen Dale. Here he is in his junior year speech class in 1990.

3. Soupy Sales

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Soupy would eventually become a television icon, but here he is in his senior year photo at Huntington High School in 1943.

4. Kathy Mattea

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Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Kathy was voted most talented during her senior year at Nitro High School in 1979. We couldn’t agree more!

5. Jennifer Garner

Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library

Did you know Jennifer Garner played Saxaphone in the band at George Washington High School in Charleston? Here she is during her senior year in 1990.

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