This 9-Year-Old Made History After Becoming the Second Youngest Person Ever to Graduate High School


February 8, 2023

He wants to be an astrophysicist!

9-year-old David Balogun just made history as the second youngest high school graduate.


From Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Balogun’s love for learning was cultivated by his parents Ronya and Henry Balogun who both have achieved advanced degrees. 

According to his mother, raising a young son with extraordinary intellectual gifts is challenging. “I had to get outside of the box. Playing pillow fights when you’re not supposed to, throwing the balls in the house. He’s a 9-year-old with the brain that has the capacity to understand and comprehend a lot of concepts beyond his years and sometimes beyond my understanding,” Mrs. Balogun told WBALTV.

It didn’t take the young genius long to finish grade school; he tested out of elementary and middle school early and was able to take remote courses at Reach Cyber Charter School. His favorite subjects are science and computer programming, and he likes studying supernovas and black holes. Now that he’s received his diploma, Bucks County Community College is up next, thanking both his parents and teachers for his success. “They didn’t bog me down. They also advocated for me, saying, ‘He can do this. He can do that.’”



When he’s not in the books, he likes to play sports and the piano, and he’s currently working on his black belt in martial arts.

Keep shooting for the stars, David! 


Photo: CNN/ WGAL

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