Which High School and College Did Simone Biles Go To?

Published 10/05/2021, 1:23 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States poses for photographs after the medal ceremony for the Women’s Individual All Around on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Millions across the world regard Simone Biles as one of the greatest ever to grace the sport of gymnastics. Born in the state of Ohio, she moved to Houston, Texas in the early years of her life before taking up gymnastics.

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Although she hails from Ohio, her education began in the place she associates herself with as a native: the city of Spring, which is in Texas.

Which school did Simone Biles attend?

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At just six years old, Biles started practicing gymnastics. Following the advice of many who watched her, she embarked on a journey which would see her take up gymnastics more seriously. She attended Benfer Elementary School, located in Harris County. This county, also located in the state of Houston, is around 26 miles away from Biles’ home town of Spring. She studied in Benfer till fifth grade.

In 2012, however, Biles decided to take up home schooling instead of public schooling. She made this choice in order to give more time towards practicing gymnastics. Although she took up her high school education at home, she didn’t forget the kind people of Benfer when she got to the top.

Simone Biles competes on the floor at the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics trials in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

In 2018, Biles made a surprise visit to Benfer Elementary a few days after the mayor of Houston declared November 27 as ‘Simone Biles Day’. During her visit, she interacted with school kids and teachers, while showing her gratitude for the teachers who taught her.

She said“I really enjoyed all the teachers I had at Benfer Elementary. I have so many memories. It’s just been so long since I’ve been back here so it’s kinda special.”

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Which college did Biles choose?

In 2013, Biles achieved immense success in the World Championships held in Antwerp. She won gold medals in the all-around and floor exercise disciplines to kick-start one of, if not the most successful gymnastics careers in history.

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She had the choice between UCLA and the University of Alabama for college. Ultimately, she chose the former, who have a reputation for producing Olympic gymnasts. However, she deferred her enrolment until the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she made her biggest mark on the sport.

During her debut Olympic appearance in Brazil, Biles amassed four gold medals and a bronze medal. She won gold in the individual all-around, floor exercise, vault and team events, along with a bronze in the balance beam event.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States poses for photographs with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Although she struggled in Tokyo, she picked up a silver medal and a bronze medal. This took her tally to seven medals, tying her with Shannon Miller as the most decorated American gymnast of all time.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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