Better Late Than Never: Mark Wahlberg Is Heading Back to High School!

The 41-year-old actor -- who dropped out of school in the ninth grade -- reveals that he's on a mission to get his diploma

Mark Wahlberg might be a two-time Oscar nominee, an established television producer and a hilariously terrifying knife-wielder, but there's one thing he's not: a high-school graduate. And that's something the 41-year-old actor intends to remedy.

The Ted star dropped out of his Boston high school in ninth grade, and several years later soared to fame as the lead singer of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Between that and his soon-budding film career, Wahlberg never cared much about returning to get his diploma... until now.

On last night's Late Show with David Letterman, Wahlberg revealed that he has plans to finally finish high school. Just don't expect to see him in a classroom near you. Wahlberg will complete his education with an online program based out of New Orleans.

"It's an actual diploma. I've got to take up all the courses that I missed, and I'm a little nervous," he told Letterman. "They're going to give me whatever credits I already have, which is probably like one or two. But I'm going to make it happen."

Despite Wahlberg's busy schedule, he thinks he'll have plenty of time to complete the program relatively quickly. Maybe he forgets how stressful high school can be!

"[I have] a lot of downtime on sets in the trailer and stuff," he said. "[I'll] blast through it -- hopefully do it within six to eight months."

During that time, he'll also be working on his upcoming films Lone Survivor, 2 Guns and Good Time Gang. Thanks for making us feel lazy, Mark!

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