Jesse Bruce Pinkman was born in September 1984 into an upper middle-class family in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the time the series starts, he has long been estranged from his parents due to his constant drug abuse and irresponsible lifestyle. After being forced to leave his parents' residence, Jesse moved in with his Aunt Jenny, whom he cared for until her death from lung cancer; afterwards, he was allowed
to stay in her home, whose ownership fell to Jesse's parents.
Jesse was a poor student in high school, largely due to his inattention and apathy. Walter White, whom Jesse almost always calls "Mr. White," was his chemistry teacher, and flunked him in his class. Jesse's mother later recalled that Walter tried to motivate Jesse and was "one of the few teachers who cared" about him; however, Walter himself later told Jesse that he "never thought much" of him. After high school, Jesse studied data systems management at DeVry University.