Picture of the Day: Herman Cain in High School and College

By Chris Good

On Saturday, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain will "announce his decision regarding a potential White House bid" at "High Noon" in Atlanta, according to his campaign.

He's already formed a campaign committee, but such an announcement may draw more attention to the Republican fast food executive and political novice in the months ahead, just as his break-out appearance at the South Carolina GOP presidential primary debate in early May did.

One thing we do know: before Cain began running for president he was, as we all were at one point, a high school student.

Unlike most of us, however, Cain was exceptional, winning both "Best All Around" and "Most Likely to Succeed" honors as a senior at Samuel Howard Archer High School in Atlanta, from which he graduated in 1963.

The latter senior-class yearbook prediction would come true: Cain went on to graduate from Morehouse College in 1967, then earn a master's degree in computer science from Purdue University while working full-time for the Navy as a mathematician and physicist, developing ballistics for fighter planes and aircraft carriers. Also, running a major national corporation like Godfather's for a decade -- the capstone to a career with other major companies -- typically qualifies as success.

Below, some pictures of Cain's early years, supplied to The Atlantic by an aide:

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