Kershaw's greatness emerged in Texas

Dodgers ace displayed hints of what he could do at Highland Park High School

Kershaw's greatness emerged in Texas

Clayton Kershaw, P, Dodgers
Hometown: Dallas

Long before he established himself as one of the game's best pitchers, Clayton Kershaw's legend began at Highland Park High School in Dallas.

He attended school with and is good friends with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and he was a center on the football team. But Kershaw truly made his mark on the pitcher's mound.

In his senior season, Kershaw went 13-0 with a 0.77 ERA, striking out 139 batters in 64 innings. He even threw an all-strikeout perfect game in the playoffs, striking out all 15 batters he faced in a mercy-rule-shortened win. He went on to win Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

Kershaw was taken seventh overall in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft by the Dodgers out of high school and quickly rose to stardom.

He still resides in Dallas with his wife, Ellen. Both are active with the Kershaw's Challenge Foundation they co-founded.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.