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They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

These Boston valedictorians set off to change the world. But good grades only got them so far.

Over the past year, the Globe has tracked down 93 of the 113 Boston Public School valedictorians from 2005 to 2007. We wanted to know, more than a decade later, how the stories of Boston’s best and brightest were turning out.

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Some more information about the students featured:

Forty percent make less than $50,000

One in four failed to get a bachelor’s degree in six years


• Nearly a quarter aspired to be doctors, but not one has a medical degree

Four of the former students have been homeless

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