Meat Loaf returns to Dallas high school as Distinguished Alumnus

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DALLAS -- Friday at Thomas Jefferson High School, meatloaf was back on the menu.

“My career started at this school,” said Grammy-Award winner Michael Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, as he walked the hallowed halls of his old high school.

“Meat Loaf may be DISD's most famous, most beloved, greatest graduate. Now whether or not that's true, I have no idea. But the fact that I got to introduce him was a hell of a thing,” said Thomas Jefferson grad Robert Wilonsky.

This time around, the Hollywood star wasn’t here to get schooled. Instead, he was here as a distinguished alum of the Mighty Patriots. Along with the hometown honor, Meat Loaf spoke to kids about not giving up on their dreams.

“I like how he said, 'never quit,' and I'm going to try to do the same,” said Thomas Jefferson student Domingo Gonzalez.

Angela Guerrero also a Thomas Jefferson student said, “That made me realize, like wow! We can do so much more things in life."

Student Edwin Mendoza agreed. “The thing that got to me was when he told us not to give up. I mean everyone always says 'you suck.' They always criticize you, but no matter what, you have to keep going."

Meat Loaf and three other former T.J. students were honored Friday. Their claim to fame ranges from successful CEOs to a decorated Marine.