Celtics star Rajon Rondo surprises students


Turns out Rajon Rondo is just as unpredictable off the court as he is on it. Without telling team officials, the sneaky Celtics guard got up extra early on Election Day and headed to Burke High School in Dorchester. The purpose of the impromptu visit, which took students and school officials by surprise, was just to connect with kids, Rondo said afterward. Walking into the building before the bell rang, Rondo randomly began chatting with a student. “He just said, ‘What’s your first class?’ And that’s how he ended up in an algebra class,” a team source told us. “It was completely unplanned.” In the classroom, Rondo, who was a general studies major at the University of Kentucky, at one point went to the board to solve a problem. (In typical Rondo fashion, we’re told he solved it in a way that was different than what the teacher teaches.) From there, the All-Star was off to nearby Harbor Middle School for another spontaneous tutorial — he checked out two language arts classes and a math class — before going to Celtics practice in Waltham. Asked about his “Where’s Rondo?” adventure, he responded with a statement: “If I didn’t have people in my life who pushed me to be the best I could be, I don’t know if I would have reached my goal of playing professional basketball,” he said. “[Tuesday] I was fortunate to meet a lot of students and hope they continue to take their education seriously because the sky is the limit if they do.”

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