DOWNEY (CBS) — Lead singer of Metallica James Hetfield was inducted into the Downey High School Hall of Fame Friday morning.

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He was recognized as a distinguished honoree for his impact on society.

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Hetfield attended Downey High in the 70’s. He left school after his mother passed away after he completed his sophomore year.

He was presented a certificate and plaque by the Mayor of Downey.

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Past honorees include Karen & Richard Carpenter and KCAL9’s Suzanne Marques.