His given name was thoroughgood but he shortened it in second grade. He was suspended twice for hazing and pranking. He was in school with Langston Hughes and Cab Colloway. He married while he was still in college. He wanted to be a dentist. He could not go to his top choice college because of segregation. He won his first case when he was 32. His sons names were Thurgood Jr. and John. He retired in 1991.