Joe Biden attends Archmere Academy

Biden went to the Archmere Academy in Claymont, where he was a standout halfback/wide receiver on the high school football team; he helped lead a perennially losing team to an undefeated season in his senior year.

He played on the baseball team as well. During these years, he participated in an anti-segregation sit-in at a Wilmington theatre. Academically, Biden was undistinguished, but he was a natural leader among the students. He graduated in 1961.

In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. Biden attended parochial school at St. Helena’s School in Wilmington and the Archmere Academy in Claymont. Public service was part of the Biden family, with one of Joe's great grandfathers serving as a Pennsylvania state senator.

To really understand Biden's Regular Joe nature, you have to go to Delaware and look at the senator's roots and his experience with his high school, Archmere Academy.

After growing up in Scranton, Pa., Biden moved to Claymont, Del., a working-class town. Archmere Academy, a small Norbertine Catholic school, is located in Claymont and quickly interested Biden. The Biden family could not afford to send him to Archmere. Determined to attend the school, Biden worked out a deal with the school. He would spend the summer doing manual labor around the school, so his family would not have to pay the full tuition. Biden worked for his education and he has not forgotten Archmere or its community.