Posts Tagged: high school

The Prom King on Instagram, 10 Years After the Party

When I was a junior in high school, I decided that I wanted to become popular. Fortuitously, my scientist parents were about to make the one wanton decision that they would ever make in their lives: leaving me home alone for a weekend, along with my little brother.

Normally ones to frown upon any vacation not spent in a tent, my parents made this special exception for Maine, a place where they could remain on their rigorous work schedule. They’d planned a quintessential rise-at-dawn, sleep-by-dusk experience: stilted breakfast conversations with strangers at inns, jaunts to folksy outlet stores, and long walks along punishing rocky coasts. Lost in their excitement, neither [...]


Romy And Michele Are 45. So Is Heather Mooney.


This is part of a week-long series celebrating the 45th birthdays of characters from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Heather never told the Cowboy about the abortion. As he slept, she sat up and listened to the hotel’s air conditioner turn off and on until morning. She knew immediately, but didn’t make an appointment for two months. There’s a dull pain of something like regret but mostly like sadness that resurfaces at night, just before bed, but it’s never enough to keep her awake. It’s just there. A decision. A memory. She should have told him. All she would have done differently is make a phone call, but [...]


Sandra Bullock's Guide to Picking Up Guys

"I learned the words because I liked this guy in high school and I was like, next time I go to that dance I'm gonna know every word, and I'm gonna make sure he sees me lip-syncing it, and I'm gonna catch his eye, and I'm gonna, like, say the words, and he's gonna like me. And, sadly, it worked."

-Sandra Bullock knows every word to "Rapper's Delight." (Queue future Neil deGrasse Tyson tweet: "1/2: Mysteries of #Gravity: Space is a vacuum and there is no sound. There's no way the crush in question could hear her rap and thus the" "2/2: mission would surely fail.")


What Were the Names of Your High School Tribes?

At the Morning News, a seriously fascinating look at the nomenclature of teenage social groups, in which "four crowds—jocks, smart kids, popular kids, and deviants—are said by adolescent researchers to be standard in American high schools."

There's a chart tracking nicknames for these groups over the last 70 years; in 1942, the deviants were the "grubby gang," then "greasers" and "leathers" in the late '60s, then dirtheads/stoners in the late '80s, freaks/goths in the early '00s, and now: "hoochies," "thugs," and "Crack Group." There's also a discussion of how high schools weren't big enough for these ecosystems till the '40s, and how middle school groupings tend to [...]


36 Hours in San Antonio If You’re From There

San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city and, more importantly, it’s the city that you, personally, grew up in. Temperatures may be hot, but the pace is cool and laid-back. Explore its gated communities, movie theaters, and fast food chains that are uniquely South Texan. But make some time to go beyond the obvious attractions and visit the Woodridge Elementary School playground, the alley behind that one pizza place you used to go for lunch in high school, and Jeremy Silverman’s childhood bedroom.



No foray into the Hill Country is complete without a trip to the Levine Family Home (8662 Greenbriar Drive; [...]


Time Frames

The Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey opened in 1937 and closed in 1990. The 600-acre grounds are dotted by Tudor-style "cottages" that housed up to 55 patients each, which are in turn dwarfed by the larger, looming treatment buildings. "This is the kind of place people were talking about when they said someone had been ‘put away,'" Greg Roberts, chief executive at the hospital for 17 years, told the New York Times as he packed up his office. "For a long time, that's what happened—people were put here and all but forgotten."

Legend has it that the builders approached the owner of a local slaughterhouse, looking to buy [...]


What a "High School Prank" Means in 2013

In Rolling Stone this month, the story of Audrie Pott, the 15-year-old who committed suicide in September 2012, allegedly after her sexual assault ended in naked photographs passed around the halls of her Saratoga, Calif., high school. The story—and so many others like it—is dreadfully sad, and it's also hard to understand for anyone who went to high school before the digital age. Rape stats aren't necessarily higher, reporter Nina Burleigh explains, "but the numbers are as shocking as ever":

Every two minutes, a sexual assault happens in the U.S., and nearly 50 percent of the victims are under the age of 18, according to Katherine [...]


Rigs to Drive to High School From 1996-2000, Ranked





[A Joke About Things Not Rising]

At Bookforum, Natasha Vargas-Cooper's argument for prioritizing nonfiction over fiction in high school English classes—"just maybe the novel is not the best device for transmitting ideas, grand themes, to hormonal, boisterous, easily distracted, immature teenagers"—begins with: "It wasn’t until my second reading of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, over a decade after it first had been assigned to me by my public high school English teacher, that I understood that Jake’s dick didn’t work." GO ON. [Bookforum]


Friday Night Lights: An Appreciation of The Cheerleader

Success meant the heady exhilaration of cheering on the polished gym floor, the yells seeming to swing the bright hot gym up and out into the night. And so her want was intensified.

—The Cheerleader

When you write a novel about cheerleaders, even a dark crime novel, two things happen: People ask you if you were ever a cheerleader (I was not) and they confide strong feelings about cheerleaders, whether it’s their own experience of failing to make the high school squad, or the ponytailed captain who broke their heart a decade ago or more. And sometimes they give you books.

Such was how I discovered Ruth Doan MacDougall’s 1973 [...]