Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Dwayne Johnson

Since it is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a few of us at LNN figured it was only right to honor one of the most prolific figures in Pacific American history, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.  Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California to Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson. He spent his early years of his life moving all around the world. He briefly lived in New Zealand with his mother’s family. He eventually moved back to the United States where he attended Sheperd Glen Elementary School and Hamden Middle School in Hamden, Connecticut. Later , he attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, Glencliff High School in Nashville Tennessee, and McGavock High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While in high school, Johnson was a standout football player racking up offers from Division I colleges. Ultimately, he decided to commit to the University of Miami Florida. He played defensive tackle in college and was part of the 1991 Miami National Championship team. However, due to multiple injuries throughout his career, he was replaced by future NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. In 1995, Johnson graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of General Studies in criminology and physiology. He had a brief stint with Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, however that only lasted about two months before being cut by the team. After he realized that football was not the path for him, he decided to set foot into professional wrestling. He managed to get veteran wrestler Pat Patterson to schedule him a few tryout matches for the WWF in 1996. After that, it was history, Dwayne Johnson ended up being one of the most famous wrestlers of all time. Now, this may not even be his biggest trademark, his acting is what most people know him for. His first appearance on television was in 1999 when he and his father starred on an episode of That 70’s Show. After that his acting career skyrocketed with roles in movies such as Hercules, Fast and Furious, Moana, and much much more. I believe that it is safe to say that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the most influential figures for not only Pacific Americans but for everyone.
After he realized that football was not the path for him, he decided to set foot into professional wrestling. He managed to get veteran wrestler Pat Patterson to schedule him a few tryout matches for the WWF in 1996. After that, it was history, Dwayne Johnson ended up being one of the most famous wrestlers of all time. Now, this may not even be his biggest trademark, his acting is what most people know him for. His first appearance on television was in 1999 when he and his father starred on an episode of That 70’s Show. After that his acting career skyrocketed with roles in movies such as Hercules, Fast and Furious, Moana, and much much more. I believe that it is safe to say that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the most influential figures for not only Pacific Americans but for everyone.

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