Carol Diahann Johnson was born in the Bronx, New York City, on July 17, 1935, to John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel (Faulk), a nurse.:152 While Carroll was still an infant, the family moved to Harlem, where she grew up.:152 She attended Music and Art High School, and was a classmate of Billy Dee Williams'. In many interviews about her childhood, Carroll recalls her parents' support, and their enrolling her in dance, singing, and modeling classes. By the time Carroll was 15, she was modeling for Ebony. "She also began entering television contests, including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, under the name Diahann Carroll.":152 After graduating from high school, she attended New York University, where she majored in sociology,:152 "but she left before graduating to pursue a show-business career, promising her family that if the career did not materialize after two years, she would return to college."