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Incorrect Claims About Ron DeSantis’ High School Yearbook Quote Debunked

by Madison Thomas
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Ron DeSantis' high school yearbook quote

ALLEGATION: Under the high school yearbook photo of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, there’s a quote stating: “My Mount Rushmore is Jesus, Sir-Mixes-a-Lot, and Nintendo 64.”

AP’S EVALUATION: False. The image displaying DeSantis’ high school yearbook entry was manipulated to insert the quote. An official from the school district supervising DeSantis’ former school confirmed to The Big Big News that while the photo is real, there is no accompanying quote.

THE DETAILS: The manipulated image is being circulated on social media, with users implying that the Republican presidential candidate had peculiar preferences during his adolescence.

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The photo shows a young DeSantis with the alleged “Mount Rushmore” quote underneath. The typo-ridden “Sir-Mixes-a-Lot” is a nod to the rapper Sir-Mix-a-Lot, best known for his 1992 hit, “Baby Got Back.”

A tweet garnering over 32,000 likes read: “’Sir-Mixes-a-Lot’ should automatically disqualify you from running for office.”

A Facebook post sarcastically suggested: “Six-Mixes-a-Lot, indeed. I’m sure that’s precisely what he penned on his yearbook submission form. He’s thoroughly pitiable in every respect.”

However, while the photo is genuine, the quote is not, according to Sean Clark, a spokesperson for Pinellas County Schools, where DeSantis graduated from Dunedin High School in 1997.

Clark clarified via email, “The photo is indeed from the Dunedin High School yearbook, but there is no quote under Governor DeSantis’ photo or any other student’s photo within the yearbook.”

The unaltered image of DeSantis’ photo first surfaced on Reddit in April, alongside other photos from his high school yearbooks.

Neither DeSantis’ office nor his campaign responded immediately to requests for comment on Monday.


This work is part of AP’s ongoing initiative to combat widespread misinformation, including collaborations with external entities to provide factual context to deceptive content proliferating online. Learn more about AP’s fact-checking efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ron DeSantis’ high school yearbook quote

What is the claim about Ron DeSantis’ high school yearbook quote?

The claim is that a quote saying “My Mount Rushmore is Jesus, Sir-Mixes-a-Lot, and Nintendo 64” appears beneath Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ high school yearbook photo.

Is the claim about Ron DeSantis’ high school yearbook quote true?

No, the claim is false. While the photo of Ron DeSantis in his high school yearbook is genuine, the quote beneath it has been added and is not authentic. This has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the school district that supervises DeSantis’ former school.

What does the altered image of Ron DeSantis’ high school yearbook suggest?

The altered image with the added quote suggests that the Republican presidential candidate had peculiar preferences during his adolescence, including a fondness for the rapper Sir-Mix-a-Lot.

Where did the unedited image of Ron DeSantis’ high school yearbook photo first appear?

The unedited image of DeSantis’ high school yearbook photo first surfaced on Reddit in April, accompanied by other photos from his high school yearbooks.

Has Ron DeSantis’ office or campaign commented on this?

As of the time of the article, neither DeSantis’ office nor his campaign have responded to requests for comment on the false yearbook quote.

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5 comments

FloridaMom72 July 11, 2023 - 6:58 am

Oh dear, I really thought that was a real quote. Just shows you can’t trust everything you see on social media…

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MikeTheBiker July 11, 2023 - 9:53 am

So DeSantis didn’t really say that, huh? Figures… the internet loves to stir up drama. Always check before you share, folks!

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TrishTheSkeptic July 11, 2023 - 12:07 pm

Thats why fact checking is so imporant. We got to question everything we see online. Who knows what they’ll make up next smh…

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Jessicalovesmusic July 11, 2023 - 1:22 pm

Wait, so he didn’t like sir-mix-a-lot?? Or are they just saying he didn’t say that in his yearbook? lol i’m confused…

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RonnyD_Fan July 12, 2023 - 1:20 am

Good to know it’s not real. Ron D’s got enough to deal with, what with running for president and all. Fake news doesn’t help anyone!

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