Dakota Fanning is crowned homecoming princess

15 year-old actress Dakota Fanning is also a celebrity in her high school. Fanning, a cheerleader at Campbell Hall Episcopal School in North Hollywood, was crowned homecoming princess at a football game on Friday. Fanning joined in cheering for the home team, the Vikings, and then stepped up to receive her crown.

No stranger to the red carpet, Dakota Fanning, walks the red runway into homecoming royalty as she is named Homecoming Princess at her school. Multi-talented/ cheerleading Dakota, 15, and her fellow Vikings stepped up school spirit during a football game for their high school football team, The Campbell Hall Episcopal in North Hollywood. Taking a break from her life as an actress, Dakota looked like any other teenager performing with her cheerleading squad.

[From Pacific Coast News photo description]

Dakota seems to be leading a very normal drama-free high school existence (as if high school could ever be drama free), and she must be held in high esteem among her peers if she’s being voted homecoming princess. At first I thought she was too young for homecoming queen at 15, but she’s the princess, not the queen. These pictures are so cute and she looks thrilled at the honor.

The thing that bothers me about these photos is that the cheerleading moves look dangerous! I know this is the norm for high school cheerleading, and that’s part of the reason why it’s the most dangerous sport. Years ago I saw an expose on cheerleading on HBO’s Real Sports featuring young women who were disabled as a result of cheerleading moves gone wrong, and that’s something I remember when I see cheerleaders getting tossed like this.

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News

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  1. Just a Poster says:

    How nice it is to read about “Young Hollywood” having a normal life. =)

  2. QB says:

    I like Dakota she seems like such a normal teen. She does not look or act slutty like other celebrity her age. I think she is going to be sucessfull whe she is an adult unlike the other celebrity her ages

  3. here we go says:

    Agreed, Just. And congrats to Dakota!

  4. maddie says:

    You know I just read something last month about them doing away with all those dangerous cheerleading stunts do to the fact that girls were getting seriously hurt and some girls unfortunately were killed during the pyramid stunts.

  5. Beth says:

    Are she and Abigail Breslin are the only teens who look their age.

  6. nanster says:

    Before I saw the photos, I was thinking that the school “let” Dakota on the cheerleading squad just because she was a celebrity. Now I see differently – that girl can certainly hold her own! She always has seemed like a nice, normal girl – such a rarity in Hollywood.

  7. MARKY MARK says:

    The few well adjusted child to adult actors have said that they went to High school and some later on to college and it helped them to become rational adults. Good for Dakota. I like this girl—Myley/Hannah are you listening

  8. maddie says:


    Myley/Hannah are you listening

    Nope she too busy swinging on the pole for daddy.

  9. Cristina says:

    not to be a cougar or anything, but dude in the pic with her is cute- he’s the one who should be the actor!

  10. mollination says:

    I love Dakota and Shawn Johnson (the gymnast) and I love that their parents kept both of them in school.

    How wonderful for her that she never had to miss out on all this, and how wonderful that her peers aren’t so blinded by jealousy that they can still let her have her moment and a happy life

    A lot of those disney kids claimed kids were so jealous that they were teased and couldn’t even go to normal school after stardom. Looks like maybe it was their attitudes and not their fame that alienated, as Dakota is getting along just fine.

  11. Bodhi says:

    Yay! Good for Dakota!I love love love that she is refreshingly normal!

    Attention Dina Lohan: This is how a 15 yr old should live & behave. I wish Dakota’s parents could adopt Ali Lohan. It’d take a jackhammer to get all that slap off her face, but you gotta start somewhere

  12. Green Is Good says:

    She is such a cutie. Unlike some parents of certain effed up teen stars, Dakota’s parents aren’t selling her out to every tabloid and t.v. show.

  13. justathought says:

    Wow- that girl can cheer! Hurray for Dakota- she’s one of my favorite actresses!
    As young as she is, she keeps it real.

  14. Lantana says:

    She is just so cute! I am surprised that she is “allowed” to be a cheerleader if she has any acting contracts. I’d think the insurance on it would preclude the activity. Maybe she isn’t under contract right now. I saw her on a late night talk show awhile ago and she was adorable. Kudos to her parents.

  15. Ursula says:

    At last, a normal teen in hollywood.

  16. Kerri says:

    Love her, She really is growing into a beautiful young lady in more than one way.

    Definatley props to her parents for keeping her grounded. I wish her all the best and hope that she continues on this path and not turn out to be a crack head like some other “celebrities”.

  17. lucy2 says:

    Great story – she seems very well adjusted and normal, a rarity in Hollywood. Good for her parents for doing right by her, and for her for recognizing that she can still be a kid and have a normal kid life too.
    I think she’s very talented and I agree that she will continue to have a long and successful career. She won’t burn out by 21 like most of those idiotic young Hollywood types.
    The cheerleading stunts look similar to what I used to do in high school, pretty basic compared to what the competition squads do now, but yeah, can still be dangerous.

  18. Firestarter says:

    Team normal,healthy, well adjusted teens!

  19. wow says:

    Awh, love Dakota!

  20. Excellent news! Dakota is my favorite child actor – ever since “Man on Fire”. Congrats to Dakota!

  21. Donna Wingfield says:

    Dakota’s grandmother was a cheerleader in high school and a schoolmate of mine. She lives with the family and helps with Dakota and Elle.

  22. Neelyo says:

    I’ve always thought Dakota was a little too calculated, like you could see someone pulling the strings. I prefer Abigail Breslin.

    I wonder how these photos got out. I think her PR team leaked them to show how ‘normal’ she is.

  23. Stephie says:

    Man that’s impressive. Good to see some normal and positive activity from child/teen star.

  24. Maritza says:

    I’ve always thought that she is so mature for her age, much like an old soul. Nice to see that she is happy.

  25. JaneL says:

    Meh. Good for her I guess. I do think she was picked because she is an actress though.

  26. BitterBetty says:

    Nothing against this lovely young lady but I don’t care how wholesome her life seems to be – children do not belong in show business. no matter how sheltered they are from it, like Dakota seems to be, even seemingly harmless experiences like a talk show appearance infront of a crowd of adults expecting to be entertained, or walking a red carpet lined with screaming paparazzi is unhealthy enough in my book.

    What ever happened to just dropping your kid @ the local community theater? oh, yeah, you don’t end up filthy rich doing that.

  27. Merridith says:

    Kind of sad another girl from the high school did not win, it is not like Dakota never gets to do anything exciting or got to any huge events, it could have been huge for a normal girl to win HCQ, for Dakota, probably doesn’t even compare to going to the oscars and chatting with celebs.

  28. Firestarter says:

    She did not win homecoming queen. She was merely a Princess. Who is to say that she won solely because she is an actress? How do we know that this wasn’t a big deal to her?

    People are just never happy for anyone these days. She is a 15yr old high school girl, who is pretty and probably popular with the other students and maybe it is because she IS a nice, sweet girl, full of personality.

  29. alexis. says:

    Im glad she’s not letting herself get into the Dark side of hollywood, I quite enjoy her as an actress, and a person.