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Hanks Dedicates Theater at H.S.

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Hanks Dedicates Theater at H.S.

Tom Hanks never had it this good when he started acting at Skyline High School.

Hanks dedicated a renovated theater--complete with high-end lighting and sound equipment and a new grand piano and stage floor--in front of 1,000 cheering students, teachers and fellow alumni. At Hanks' urging, the theater was named after retired drama teacher Rawley T. Farnsworth, whom Hanks credited as an early influence when he accepted the best actor Oscar for "Philadelphia" in 1993.

"Who knows what I would have ended up doing with my time if it wasn't for Mr. Farnsworth," the 45-year-old Hanks said Saturday night. He gave at least $100,000 for the $465,000 project, the Oakland Tribune reported.

After leading the crowd in a kazoo chorus of "There's No Business Like Show Business," Hanks told reporters he also felt obliged to help because "most of our tax dollars aren't going to educate our kids like in other countries."

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