09/15/2012 01:18 am ET Updated Sep 15, 2012

Bill Nye Yearbook PHOTO? Popular 'Science Guy' Had A Thing For Bow Ties In High School

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If this yearbook photo is to be believed, then it appears that popular "science guy" Bill Nye -- or William, as he is called here -- always liked to sport a bow tie.

The photo was posted to Reddit on Friday, where it quickly rose to the front page of one of the social news site's image discussion subsections. Users peppered the comments with Bill Nye anecdotes and bow-tie accolades.

One user noted his mother attended high school with Nye at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. "[He] is a very nice guy, comes to all the reunions," Reddit user "onzors" wrote.

However nice, the popular educator found himself at the center of a heated debate with creationists in August after he made a video in which he said that creationism should not be taught to children.

"I say to the grownups, 'If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we've observed in the universe that's fine," Nye said in the video. "But don't make your kids do it, because we need them... we need people that can build stuff and solve problems.'"

Nye later gave an exclusive interview to The Huffington Post in which he discussed creationism, religion and education.

"Unlike science, creationism cannot predict anything, and it cannot provide satisfactory answers about the past," Nye told HuffPost Science. "Teaching creationism in science class as an alternative to evolution is inappropriate."

HuffPost reached out to Bill Nye to confirm whether this is his high school yearbook picture. Although he did not immediately respond, the empirical evidence is pretty convincing.