Bettie Page's early years included attending Hume-Fog High School, where she made straight A's, participated in the debate club and school plays. Bettie also worked on the school newspaper and yearbook. When she graduated in 1940, is said that she was "crushed" to have barely missed being named valedictorian by .25%, which ultimately cost her the opportunity of a 4 year scholarship at Vanderbilt University. Bettie enrolled in the Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville on a "Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship." She graduated with a B.A. degree in 1944.