Before Patrick Swayze danced his way to heart throb status, he walked the halls at Waltrip High School in Houston, as Buddy Swayze.
"I didn't even know his real name was Patrick, actually," said Diana Molina. Molina was a grade behind Swayze.
"He was well-liked in high school for his talent in acting and his looks and he was just a super nice guy. Buddy was just friends with a lot of people," said Molina.
According to Molina, Swayze was involved in so many activities that he transcended cliques, from football, track and diving, to the arts: folk singing, drama and of course dancing.
"This is the thespians and you can see Buddy is here in the group," said Molina pointing to a yearbook page. She and Swayze last ran into each other after high school.
"He told me he was living in New York and was trying to make it in the movies," said Molina. "I knew him as a dancer, and I couldn't figure out what he was going to do in New York."
Swayze would go on to star in 30 films, but classmates like Molina never forgot him as Buddy.
"He touched a lot of lives at Waltrip high school," said Molina.
Swayze succumbed to pancreatic cancer Monday night; he was 57.