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FullGo
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09/21/2017 03:17PM
Just for fun. A few questions about High School. Be as descriptive as you would like:

1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

5. Describe your high school experience?

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

7. How are you the same or different now?


 
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09/21/2017 05:16PM
Wondering how much response you will get on this. My reply will be from the dark ages, September 1959-May 1963.

1. Small town. K-12 in one building until I was in 4th grade, then two buildings all on one small campus in a half-block area. 52 in my graduating class. Southwest Michigan. A very small world.

2. Sports were not available to girls back then, but I wasn't so inclined anyway. I was in band (sax, bassoon), glee club, pep band, jazz band, madrigal singers, drama, pep club, Tri-Hi-Y, FHA, National Honor Society. I took private piano lessons, and a couple years also took bassoon lessons. I also had a job after school three days a week in a butcher shop wrapping meet for the freezer. I was in youth group at church, sang in the church choir, and accompanied the Junior Choir at church also.

3. The main social groups? Probably cheerleaders and jocks. I was neither.

4. I suppose I was a nerd, since I was academically inclined, I got good grades, worked hard and was very, very busy. But I was also very involved in musical activities, had quite a few friends who were like me, and I didn't care too much.

5. My high school experience was busy. As I said in #4, many musical activities, lots of practice on the piano (I wanted to major in piano performance in college), and many performance groups requiring my time and energy. I accompanied for other groups and soloists at solo-ensemble festivals, as well as preparing my own events. This, plus my homework in a college prep curriculum and my after-school job. . .I didn't have a lot of time to spare.

6. Frankly, I am having trouble coming up with a favorite high school memory. It is a long time ago. I did love marching band; that was probably my favorite part of being in high school, really. But I think the best high school memory was graduating. I was ready to be done with it and go on to spread my wings.

7. How am I the same now? 54 years later? Frankly, I barely remember that girl. Going from the tiny town to the big university was like opening up the whole world to me. I am different because I grew up, I learned, I made a zillion mistakes and some very, very good decisions (like marrying the right man almost 50 years ago), and I have known great joy, great satisfaction and some heartbreak and pain as well. But I am still sometimes brutally honest (I have a former friend from high school who tells me I am much too honest or perhaps just too blunt and forthright)--I never have learned to soft-pedal my opinions.

Travel has made me different; not only the wilderness travel that Spartan1 introduced me to 'way back in 1971, which has been a part of "us" for our entire married life, but also the many other kinds of travel that we enjoy.
All a part of spreading wings and embracing the bigger world.
mastertangler
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09/21/2017 08:14PM
All I know is that there are a lot of surprises. The kids we looked up to many turned out to, shall we say, not live up to their potential and the nerdy kids turned out to be nuclear physicists and doctors. I would actually like to go to a class reunion some time, just once, out of curiosities sake.

Never really hung out much with them.........after school my little handful of buddies would grab our rods and go fish. Didn't go to the games, didn't go to the dances, etc. etc.
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09/21/2017 08:35PM
I attended a huge suburban high school. Thousands of kids. So overcrowded that brainy kids like me were allowed to leave early, so school ended many days at noon. My junior high was even more crowded with two sets of kids and two sets of teachers. I was morning shift, reporting at 6:00 a.m. and out by noon again. I was an ornery nerd, same as I was in college, treasured by some teachers and loathed by others. I rarely did the assignments, but instead concocted harder tasks, which I did again in college, which again had some profs loving me and some hating me. Didn't attend any sporting events or even a pep rally in high school. I was called to the principal's office twice because I didn't attend my graduation and he really wanted me there, which mystified me because there were about a thousand kids in my graduating class and what did it matter if I wasn't there? Was walking the Appalachian Trail while my classmates graduated. That was a good choice. Didn't drive until college. Just didn't care. Had friends who drove and rode my bike to Canada a couple times as a high schooler, so I ranged farther with my muscles than they did with their muscle cars.
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09/22/2017 09:15AM


1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

I went to a big suburban high school, graduated with 500-600 students and knew most of them.

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

I ran track, cross country, played intramural sports, and was involved with the art department.

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?

Like most schools you had the jocks, the band/theatre people, the misfits, and various other subsets.

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

I didn't really fit into a group/label. Based on activities I was probably a jock but based on friends I belonged to all the different groups. I really got along is everyone and didn't have just one group.

5. Describe your high school experience?

I'd describe it as pretty easy. I pretty much floated through high school. I got along with everyone so no major social drama. School was easy although I didn't go out of my way to really challenge myself which I now regret. I rarely every brought homework home, rarely really needed to study, and was on the good side of every teacher so they didn't care if I came into class a half hour late in the morning. School started at 8:00 and my senior year I was rarely in class before 8:30. Most other students couldn't get away with it but I was such an easy student for teachers to deal with they gave me a lot of extra slack.

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

Probably some of my time running track. Had a lot of memorable races and a lot of fun with my team.

7. How are you the same or different now?

I'm pretty similar in some ways and very different in others. I am more diligent about challenging myself now and working to see how far I can go in various areas of my life. But I'm still the same easy going, get along with almost everyone type person.

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09/22/2017 09:54AM
Rural high school- west central MN just shy of 300 hundred students in my class.
Played football until I tore my ACL, then competitive water skiing :)
I stuck with a small group of friends that were part of a scouting group. Kept me going to the BWCA.
Parents/church kept me in a sort of a bubble. Went to college and set myself free!!!
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09/22/2017 10:36AM
quote mastertangler: ". I would actually like to go to a class reunion some time, just once, out of curiosities sake.

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Went to a few of mine all besides the 10 year one has been fun and interesting.

Small town rural school for me. 150 in my class I hung around with all kinds of people dopers to jocks.

I was neither I spent every spare moment hunting, fishing and trapping.

Jeriatric
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09/22/2017 12:09PM
I was only one year behind Spartan2, 1960-64. My parents moved a lot because my father worked on dam building projects. Consequently, I attended a lot of different schools including 3 high schools.
The first high school (Trinity County High School) had a student body of 300 and was 20 miles from where I lived. The county is still so thinly populated that it still does not have a single stop light, not even in the county seat. I should add that the sparse human population was supplemented by an equally thin population of sasquatch (I'm only half joking here).
My next high school, junior year, had a student body of 3,000. My brother and I both experienced some culture shock. In this case, we lived 6 miles out of town in an agricultural area. There were Tokay grapes behind the house and a cherry orchard across the road in front of the house. I ate a lot of fruit.
The last high school was intermediate in size and I lived in a regular town for the first time in my HS experience.
My friends were usually other "new kids" whose parents were following the dam projects. Often, I knew them from previous places we had lived. As I sit here, I can see a picture taken at the 50 year reunion of the last high school I attended. It is of 4 of us that attended both the first and the third of my high schools.
I played football but hunting and fishing were my first loves.
09/22/2017 01:49PM
quote mastertangler:I would actually like to go to a class reunion some time, just once, out of curiosities sake.

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I did go to some class reunions, specifically 15, 25, and 50. Nothing I saw or heard there made me sorry that I was who I had become. And there were no real surprises, either, except at 50 years to learn how many of the 52 of us were already deceased. That was rather thought-provoking. We all need to remember that every day is a gift.

The ones who had married their high-school sweethearts as teenagers were mostly divorced and on to spouse #2 or #3, and quite a few of the ones who had stayed "local" didn't bother to show up. Several of my classmates were astounded to learn that I was into wilderness canoe-tripping--it seems I had a reputation in high school as being somewhat of a "lady" who was afraid to go outdoors or get dirty. Quite an undeserved reputation, actually, and it just proved (which didn't surprise me at all) that they hadn't bothered to get to know me in the first place.
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09/22/2017 01:59PM
1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

Small(ish) Rural Town, 3000 people and 100 in my class.

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

Band 4 years-Footbal 3 years-Golf 2 years-Speach 2 years

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school? Jocks, partiers, "nerds", kind hearted people

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

Partier

5. Describe your high school experience?

I stayed largely in my clique of friends, though as we partied, that tended to expand to larger groups. I had a hard time socializing unless I was being a complete goofball or tipping a few back.

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

Going fishing with my friends after school. Rarely were we sober.

7. How are you the same or different now?
Somewhat different. I'm still very introverted but I'm functionally social now, without intoxicants. Very successful in my career, but was driftless and bored by school. I take action on the things I believe, where I may have been unlikely to share my voice before. I take a great deal less risk, though it's still pretty exciting when I do. One big change is that I have to be more intentional about my time outside now that I live in the cities. The woods are where I feel at peace and that was something I never had to attend to growing up, because I was already there. :)
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09/22/2017 02:34PM
quote Spartan2: "quote mastertangler:I would actually like to go to a class reunion some time, just once, out of curiosities sake.


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I did go to some class reunions, specifically 15, 25, and 50. Nothing I saw or heard there made me sorry that I was who I had become. And there were no real surprises, either, except at 50 years to learn how many of the 52 of us were already deceased. That was rather thought-provoking. We all need to remember that every day is a gift.


The ones who had married their high-school sweethearts as teenagers were mostly divorced and on to spouse #2 or #3, and quite a few of the ones who had stayed "local" didn't bother to show up. Several of my classmates were astounded to learn that I was into wilderness canoe-tripping--it seems I had a reputation in high school as being somewhat of a "lady" who was afraid to go outdoors or get dirty. Quite an undeserved reputation, actually, and it just proved (which didn't surprise me at all) that they hadn't bothered to get to know me in the first place.
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I did not bother with a 10th reunion but others commented that several of the early divorcees had declined to attend. I am guessing that some people who were searching for a career might have avoided a 10th too. I think that that first reunion might have been an embarrassment to avoid for some and a chance for the still beautiful and newly monied crowd to strut. By the 40th, nearly everyone was an adult in their approach.
I attended two 50th reunions, one for my first HS and one for the HS I graduated from.
Basspro69
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09/22/2017 03:33PM
quote FullGo: "Just for fun. A few questions about High School. Be as descriptive as you would like:

1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

5. Describe your high school experience?

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

7. How are you the same or different now?



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!977 to 1981

Large city school

Football Golf Chess Debate Tennis

Many different social groups

Cool Nerd

Pretty good high school experience

Angela

Cool old nerd
09/22/2017 05:52PM
1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

Small town. Proud graduate of the Illinois State Reform School at St. Charles

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

I spent most of my free time trying to figure out how to escape.

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?

The Crip's, the Bloods and the Latin Kings

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

Juvenile Delinquent

5. Describe your high school experience?

Three years of solitary

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

My 18th birthday, they had to release me

7. How are you the same or different now?

Haven't learned a thing since I left.
WhiteWolf
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09/22/2017 06:11PM
1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

5. Describe your high school experience?

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

7. How are you the same or different now?


-1 Three different High Schools. One Public in MN - one private prep in FL and one public in CA.
2- Swimming / Cross Country
3- Swimming- I knew nothing else nor had time for anything else
4- Swimmer- the Chlorine kid
5- lots of swimming
6- swimming goals met
7- still swimming but a lot fatter.
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09/22/2017 08:01PM

1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

Small community, 16 total in my HS graduating class.

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

Band and flying. I got my pilots license when I was in high school.

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?
Religion, musicians, religion and more religion.
My parents sent me to a private high school. They must have thought I needed help??

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?
Partier, the wild one.

5. Describe your high school experience?
Stressful, not fun.

6. What was your favorite high school memory?
Sneaking out of the dorms at night, sometimes to neck with my girlfriend.

7. How are you the same or different now?
I always loved the outdoors as a kid but I decided to go against my heart and get a business degree. Dropped out of college after a couple years.
Screwed around in life until age 26 when I bought a school bus and drove it to northern Mn.
Started forest firefighting for the government, went back to college and got a degree in Natural resources, and spent 28 years doing something I never dreamed about.

I retired from firefighting and government employment exactly 45 minutes ago.
09/22/2017 09:05PM
1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

5. Describe your high school experience?

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

7. How are you the same or different now?


-1 Large - White Bear Lake. I definitely do not know everyone I graduated with.
2- Show Water Ski Team. That wasn't a school activity - but that's the sport I did while in HS.
3- Preppy or skater
4- Average. I was your average "good" kid.
5- It was fine, but I would never call them my "Glory Years".
6- Fall bonfires, or the night I met my husband ~ Basecamp Dad. Awwww.
7- Much different. I'm wiser. More confident
09/22/2017 10:09PM
I was me. Same person I am now, only younger.
MrBadExample
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09/22/2017 11:55PM
I was literally 1/2 the man I am now.

I graduated at 4' 10" and 95lbs.

Small town. 29 in my graduating class.

School was easy. I skipped a LOT.

Lettered in every possible activity my school had (football, basketball, baseball, track, NHS, pep band, jazz band, just plain old band, etc etc)

This was fairly easy due to the fact that I was begged to participate in all of them due to lack of kids :)

If I had to put a label on HS me I guess I would have to say I was a dork. Partied a lot. Fished a lot. Loud garage bands. Fast cars. Bonfires and kegs. Blowing up mailboxes.

I "volunteered" for some smaller record companies in HS. I would get free tickets to concerts in exchange for handing out demo tapes of bands on that record label. I went to LOTS of concerts. This required a LOT of driving. Many trips down to the Twin Cities for music. Standing in front of First Ave handing kids cassette tapes and stickers.

Everything changed the moment I became a dad. I lead a pretty low key life now. Chasing kids, gardening, canoeing. Cripes, I got excited about some new socks I got in the mail yesterday. My HS self would be disgusted.

I'm going to go in the garage and get a beer now. If I open it slowly it won't wake up the kids!

andym
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09/23/2017 02:57AM
Just for fun. A few questions about High School. Be as descriptive as you would like:

1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

Mostly suburban but we had small farms in our neighborhood and some others. The high school was pretty large, 700 in a class. When I was starting it was K-12 in one school that wound up as one of several elementary schools by the time I graduated.

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

Tennis, soccer (just one year, didn't like the coach), band, orchestra, and jazz band plus some smaller ensembles we made up ourselves. Pretty much lived in the music department. We even took a lunch table from the cafeteria and made it our own in the band room. It was our hangout and the principal even let us keep it after we pointed out how gross the cafeteria was.

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?
The usual: jocks, potheads, music, nerds. The potheads are pretty active on our classes Facebook page. I'm not.

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

Pretty much nerd, jock, and music. I was able to float pretty well between groups.

5. Describe your high school experience?

Good. I had a lot of fun. Wasn't challenged much academically but that gave more time for sports and music.

6. What was your favorite high school memory?

Hmmm. Too many. My sister graduated early. I stuck around because I was having fun. Plus, it was 40 years ago.

7. How are you the same or different now?

Pretty similar. But now I know what love is and that's pretty great.
ozarkpaddler
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09/23/2017 04:44AM
Big good sized HS in small, 35K city in SE MO.

None of those classifications really hit me, I was an "Aggie," a group that played in the outdoors (and partied a bit there) and spent our afternoons in the landscape/Horticulture/Ag class in the Vo/tech school. I also had a part time job year round and a full time job through the summer, so no time for extracurricular activities outside of FFA (Future Farmers of America). Most of us were a little "Shaggy," and I got called "Bozo" the clown because of the way my curly hair stuck out from my cap (LOL)!

Most of our "Clique" drove trucks and Jeeps (I had an International Travelall and a '57 Ford in HS) and thought nothing of having our shotguns and 30/30's on racks in our vehicles. (No one would THINK of settling a score with firearms in those days).

We drank our beer, had our parties in the country with bonfires and hay bales, and shunned drugs and those that did them. We listened to Southern Rock and Country music.

I have to say, I had a pretty good time. But, only went to 10th reunion. We all grew up and moved on. HS was just HS and most of my friends had no interest in "Re-living" it.

missmolly
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09/23/2017 06:48AM
A chess playing football player intrigues me. Gotta love range!
09/23/2017 07:28AM
Just for fun. A few questions about High School. Be as descriptive as you would like:

1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?
Rural small high school

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?
Football, band, track

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?
I didn't have a specific group, depended on the activity and time of year. I always thought of myself as a nerd, but probably hung out with the jock crowd more just because sports took up so much time, but I don't think I can really say I was only part of one group. The only group I didn't hang out much with were the partiers, but count some of them as friends now.

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)? Nerd

5. Describe your high school experience?
Awkward and awesome. Unfortunately my school was not what I would call a bastion of excellence so it was very easy. Very easy life. Some of the guys I played ball with are still my best friends even though we are scattered around the country. Although now that I think of it we became closer over time and as years have passed since high school. But then I was shy as well and had a hard time stringing together more than 2 words talking to a girl who wasn't a friend. So although I have great memories I'd never want to go back...life just keeps getting better!

6. What was your favorite high school memory?
The memories of football, we still laugh making fun of our coach, or the things coaches say, or reliving the shared pain of 3 a days and why we don't miss it anymore :)

7. How are you the same or different now?
More outgoing. I was very quiet an shy back then.
09/23/2017 06:21PM
Like missmoly I went to a very large high school. So large that it could only accommodate the leading edge of the baby boomers by operating two separate high schools in one building. We went either 6 am to noon or 1230 to 630 pm. No home rooms, study halls or lunch periods. So I had no school spirit and was largely an outsider who used my half days off to work. After graduation it was into the military for me. I have never been to any reunions and now after well more than 50 years since graduation have no desire to go.
09/23/2017 06:53PM
been reading this thread for a few days and it is quite thought provoking. figured i should answer before i forget what i was thinking!


1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)? i would say small town, New Ulm is about 15000 +/-, seems the population sign hasn't changed since i was a kid. my class was 321 at the public school. the catholic school probably had 40 or so. i went to catholic school through 6th grade then switched to public school for grades 7-12 cuz i thought i wanted to be a gymnast. LOL that's a whole other story.

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)? spring track was my sport, i was a sprinter in the 220yd dash and the 440 and 880 relays (this was back before the metric system). did the yearbook thing a few years. can't remember what else.

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school? the usual: jocks/cheerleaders, computer people, smart people...

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)? hmmm, this is the tough one. there was a rather large group of us that didn't classify ourselves as part of any group. we just "were". wallflower would be the most accurate, just trying to be invisible.

5. Describe your high school experience? well, i had to walk through the jocks/cheerleaders to get to my locker, so that was uncomfortable. i liked most classes, especially art class, gym and study hall. i'd say i could have been a much better student had i applied myself, just had too much goin on outside school that interfered with my concentration so i mainly got through the day so i could get to track and run laps or whatever.

6. What was your favorite high school memory? working on the homecoming floats. it was the best time to come together as a class regardless of what group you hung out with. our class won best float all 3 years. also, there were 3 of us friends that were the statisticians for the wrestling team so we got to travel with the team and get in to the meets for free, that was a big deal back then. i've always preferred watching HS sports in person or TV. it feels like the game is happening for the kids who are playing and not for some corportation or big business, as most pro sports are these days.

7. How are you the same or different now? i'm still quite shy, have grown into my sense of humor, pursued my love of the outdoors after HS by getting a Jackrabbit education in Public Recreation and Sociology, then living/working on the gunflint trail for 30 years.
i had many dreams and aspirations growing up: wanted to move to alaska since i was in 5th grade, wanted to be a nun, wanted to marry a farmer and have 10 kids and lots of dogs, live in the country... well pretty much none of that happened except living in the country. i've lost quite a bit of my spontaneity but am working on that. still adventurous and ready to explore, esp where there are skinny trails with animal poop or where there are signs to keep out LOL

i don't miss school. when i think i might want to get a masters degree i end up having nightmares about school... so i'll just keep learning stuff on my own.

have never attended a class reunion. they have been held at various times of the year since 1985. while terry steinbach was still playing baseball the reunions were held at thanksgiving since most people might be in town visiting family. at some point they switched to end of sept which of course conflicted with my canoe trips! priorities, right? the 30th reunion was celebrated on quetico lake as part of an 18 day trip. way better.
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09/23/2017 10:10PM
1. We moved to a small rural farming area in the middle of my freshman year. 120 kids at graduation. Lived on a small farm about 10 miles from town.

2. I was on the first girls cross country team in our school, ran track, forensics, FFA, some 4H (horses). Considering all the wrestling meets I went to (6 brothers in the sport) I think I can add that to my list.

3. We had the usual cliques of the times (76-80). I find it interesting that back then most girls wanted to be cheerleaders (not me) and they were the preppy girls but now in the school my kids went to, it was mostly girls who were at the other end of the spectrum and they didn't even have enough for a complete squad. Haven't even had a squad for 2 years.

4. I floated among several groups. Moving several times growing up, then in the middle of my freshman year when most cliques were established made it hard to really get in. So outsider wallflower would probably be my label.

5. I was very quiet and pretty easy to overlook. Never gave the teachers any problems. I joined extra curricular activities but never got really close to other students. We lived on a small farm outside of town, so sports gave me something to do. And in the summer I'd run a mile to a friend who was also on the cc team, we'd run 5 miles, she'd drop me off and run the last mile home. I could go weeks without seeing other friends with in the summer. I am female and the oldest of 8 so my parents were a bit overprotective. If I went to a movie that was 20 miles away, then I had to be home 30 minutes after the movie as done. Or an hour if we stopped for pizza.

6. I guess being part of the cross country team. There were 6 of us on the original girls team, and we had to train and race with the the guys because there usually wasn't a separate race for us. Those girls are the only ones I kept in touch with after high school.

7. I am still very quiet but have learned how to push myself outside of my comfort zone when I have to. Still don't have very many really close friends. Some days I'm ok with that, some days not. Have been married for 31 years, yes to the same guy, and have 2 great kids. Have never attended a class reunion and probably won't. Spend a lot of time biking, gardening, canoeing, and reading bwca posts!
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09/24/2017 11:53AM
1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?

moved a lot growing up so my parents could see the country. HS split between West Virginia and Minnesota/Twin Cities. Both suburban schools, but worlds different. Completed HS in MN with about 600 in my class.

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?

In WV, band was cool and I was in "band" all year which meant marching band and concert band. In MN it was NOT cool (choir was cool) and I didn't continue much with any of the bands or orchestras in our school (maybe 5 of them?). Didn't care so much about how it looked, but it wasn't FUN (which was what made it COOL in WV).

I tried out for track in MN a couple of times... but dropped out because I didn't like the routine schedule of doing the same thing every day after school. I'm still like that and resist stuff that happens over and over again the same way daily.

Mostly I worked (retail) in 11th-12th grades.


3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?

In WV, you had the "over the hill" group of "burnouts" that went literally over the hill to get high during school. Back then, there was already a smoking area and (in WV) a chewing area, so that was legal and permitted. You only had to go over the hill to smoke pot. I was friends with many of them, but never did go over the hill and get high.

Otherwise I am sure there were jocks and brains and drama kids - the usual.


4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?

Guess I was a nerd in WV and a partier wanna-be, just coming into my own when we moved to MN.

In MN, I was the "new kid from West Virginia." Which was weird, since I was born in MN and lived here until I was 2. I always considered myself "from MN" when I lived in IL, MO, NJ, and WV. But back in MN, I was an outsider with a southern accent.


5. Describe your high school experience?

10th grade in WV I was a nerd, and once purposely flunked a biology exam to fit in. I had to work fairly hard to get As and an occasional B, but STEM classes were easy for me. People wanted to be my friend so I would help them with homework. People party hard from a young age in WV and I was no exception but wasn't a hard core partier where it impacted the rest of life. Still, lucky to have survived some of those days. People were passionate about their school sports - taunting rivals was common. People sometimes threw bricks at our band bus at intense football games.

Moving across the country between 10th and 11th grade was agony. Had to leave my dog behind which was also a killer and I ran away over that issue once. In Minnesota, my school was relatively new, not covered in graffiti or full of smoke and it seemed to have 100 times the sports and elective options I had in West Virginia. For English I got to choose between things like Creative Writing, Poetry, Literature, etc. I never heard of a school with a swim team or ski team or soccer before. Let alone gymnastics! Soccer was as popular as football (but so boring to me). I went on a date to a football game once and used all my West Virginia passion to cuss out the other team and prove my new loyalty... pretty sure my date was scarred for life. In Minnesota, they didn't scream things like "you suck!" at the opponents.

Most of my new friends were the grade ahead of me and left me to be a senior almost on my own. I did have two good friends in my grade.

In Minnesota, I didn't have to work for those As. I could do the assignment just before it was due and come up aces. I went to the U of M in the afternoons of my senior year for calculus classes and commuted with three friends from HS. I graduated as salutatorian.

My takeaway was that a school district doesn't need a ton of money or fancy electives or sports to give a good education.


6. What was your favorite high school memory?

Hmmm, a few strange ones.

A sleepover where we were up all night and decided to hike up to the top of a ridge to watch the sunrise... only to discover we were facing west!

A band banquet where we hung a poster with a picture from a band extracurricular of three band leader students "mooning" us - yes the real photo with real butts showing. That was "risque" back then.

A winter formal where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

A graduation party with a certain person I was crushing on that lasted all night and ended with us paddling my family canoe on a lake at sunrise and going home to have my mom make us eggs for breakfast. Don't think I ever saw my crush again, sigh.


7. How are you the same or different now?

I think I am way more reserved now. I am exhausted when spending a lot of time around people - especially ones I don't know. I need solitude to recharge. I no longer want to spend hours debating principles and values - I know mine and am not likely to change easily. My love of nature intensified a bit - I always took solace in the woods, but never did anything remotely like wilderness travel or camping or paddling until I was an adult.
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09/25/2017 12:10AM
quote mastertangler: "...I would actually like to go to a class reunion some time, just once, out of curiosities sake... "

As someone mentioned, by the 30th or 40th most have become adults. This made me recall my 50th a couple years back. Myself and 3-4 others were talking to mr. popular, a former fighter pilot etc... Miss queen of the prom walks by and this guy mid sentence to us just leaves calling after her. No "excuse me" or "nice to see you" or anything else, just abruptly left. Still the same guy after all these years.

Ok, background: I went to an all male private school on st. paul's east side. Had an after school job so not much for activities. Got by had some good times and bad times. Mostly hung out with the cool kids with cars.
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09/25/2017 06:25AM
I don't think of high school much. I think it has very little to do with who I am today.
To call them " glory days" is sort of sad....it was 3 short years of our lives...there was far more learning and living to be done.
What's more relevant, interesting, and important is what you have done with your lives since.

That said I did attend my 40th class reunion. It was fun and interesting
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09/25/2017 09:38AM
1. What type of community and high school did you attend (large, small, urban, suburban, rural, etc)?
large suburban hs

2. What extra curricular activities were you involved in (sports teams, band, choir, drama, debate, school paper,etc.)?
wrestled one year, went to a few football games, didn't go to prom or buy a ring , didn't see the point, why not spent the cash on a new fenwick or go fishing or camping.

3. What were the main social groups/cliques in your high school?
jocks, nerds, stoners, outcasts.

4. If you had to give yourself a "label", what would it be (Jock, Nerd, Partier, Outsider)?
jock/stoner but i got along well with and had friends in all groups.

5. Describe your high school experience?
lost

6. What was your favorite high school memory?
summertime canadian fishing trip

7. How are you the same or different now?
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. less of a people pleaser, no longer cool (ask the kids), still love the outdoors and wild things, they are good for the soul. that is the big take away.
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09/25/2017 11:54AM
quote jhb8426: "quote mastertangler: "...I would actually like to go to a class reunion some time, just once, out of curiosities sake... "


As someone mentioned, by the 30th or 40th most have become adults. This made me recall my 50th a couple years back. Myself and 3-4 others were talking to mr. popular, a former fighter pilot etc... Miss queen of the prom walks by and this guy mid sentence to us just leaves calling after her. No "excuse me" or "nice to see you" or anything else, just abruptly left. Still the same guy after all these years.


Ok, background: I went to an all male private school on st. paul's east side. Had an after school job so not much for activities. Got by had some good times and bad times. Mostly hung out with the cool kids with cars."


What high school did you go to?
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09/25/2017 03:43PM
I went to Hill before it merged w/Murray. manhandled by the Christian brothers on a regular basis... ;)
09/25/2017 06:55PM

1. Small rural school, 42 in graduating class of '75.

2. football, hockey, track

3. A small school where everyone knew everyone. If you went out for a sport you made the team. Those who did not participate in a sport were not popular and not treated so well.

4. I was a nerd that liked sports. The drinking age was 18, I could party with the best of them. Most of all liked hanging out with the cute girls in study hall.

5. Outside of sports, I was pretty undisciplined. I could get As if I liked the class (stem) or a D- (had to stay eligible) if I did not (english). Nobody pushed me to excel. I could have really used a good mentor. I got along with most everyone. I really liked sports, especially hockey.

6. Lots of good memories. Hard to single out one. Maybe graduation.

7. I couldn't wait to get away from a small town and see the world. Small towns are a great place to grow up but I needed to experience more than they had to offer. I go back to most reunions. Many never left the area and I have a hard time relating to them, especially some that I had considered best friends. Others I didn't know as well but had traveled I enjoy seeing. I can't imagine what it would have been like to have never left after graduation.
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09/25/2017 07:26PM
quote Frenchy19: "I was me. Same person I am now, only younger. "
Thank goodness I'm 98% different now....mainly in that I've figured out what's important and what's not.
 
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