Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr . graduated from high school at 15.
James Watson , Nobel Prize winner in medicine, skipped grades.
Nobel physicist Charles Townes skipped grades.
Retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor graduated high school at 16.
Author/activist W.E.B. DuBois graduated from high school at 16.
Poet T.S. Eliot finished Harvard in three years.
SOURCE: Templeton National Report on Acceleration, University of Iowa, quoted in a sidebar in the Washington Post