Bryan Cranston's Yearbook CHEMISTRY CLUB Where Meth Dreams Began

8/20/2013 1:00 AM PDT

Bryan Cranston's High School Yearbook -- CHEMISTRY CLUB ... Where Meth Dreams Began

Bryan Cranston certainly puts the "meth" in method actor ... 'cause back when he was a teenager, the "Breaking Bad" star was a member of his high school chemistry club, TMZ has learned.

40 years before he was Walter White, Cranston was just a regular science nerd from the Valley ... who joined the Chemistry Club at Canoga Park High School in L.A. back in 1973.

Fast forward a few decades ... and Cranston has become a TV legend playing the most famous meth-cooking chemistry teacher in the country.  Funny how life works.

Besides the science thing ... Cranston was also a staffer for the school's weekly newspaper ... where he rocked a shirt that looked like he was ready for Studio 54 -- where the coke was 99% pure.