Notable grad: Chris Harrison – Lake Highlands High School class of 1989

Chris Harrison Lake Highlands High School class of 1989

Chris Harrison’s name is now synonymous with roses and manufactured romance. As the host of “The Bachelor” and its female-focused spin-off, “The Bachelorette,” he has been traveling the world and breaking hearts since the series began in 2002. But before that, he was a Lake Highlands soccer player, the son of Mary Beth, a Realtor, and Steve, who previously worked at Ken’s Man Shop in Garland. He wanted to be a Dallas sportscaster before a wayward trip to California turned into the job of a lifetime.

Three things to know:

1) Harrison’s first hosting job was on the stage of Lake Highlands High School, where he explored his comedic chops as the emcee of the talent show.

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2) He has a lot of heart for the contestants who are eliminated on the show. “It’s a great study in human behavior. After the girls are rejected and leave, I have a choice to go see them and say goodbye. If I have had a chance to get to know them a little, I usually say something to them,” he told the Advocate in 2003. “The best part is I always get to play the nice guy.”

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3) In a very meta moment in 2013, Harrison presented a Webby Award to “Burning Love,” a Ben Stiller-produced web series that parodies his “Bachelor” franchise.

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