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    Ok so sometimes I feel like many of the people on here were the outcasts in high school that didn't fit in anywhere. Am I wrong? What was your status? Would people talking about you today remember you for anything other than being the weird kid playing Magic? Was there anything that would have made you stand out in high school? Like I said just wondering who I'm really talking to on here.

    Personally I was big into football. My senior year, I was the overall strongest on the team. I was also voted the best center in the county and 1 of the 4 best defensive tackles in our tri county area. I was well liked, but not "popular." Most of my friends were in band and I didn't hang around any clique really... I didn't date in high school and was viewed (much to my annoyance) as a big brother by most of the girls I liked. Basically an average Joe.
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      I was also liked, but never reached the popular status. It's no big deal to me. Also I wasn't a straight-A student, but I still did pretty well in my classes.
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        I remember the kids who were popular were only well liked by the other popular kids.
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          Quote by DeliGuy
          I remember the kids who were popular were only well liked by the other popular kids.


          I agree. Also if you attended a school that was racial diverse like mine......the popular kids within a race were generally only regarded as popular amongst others within that race. At my school most of popular kids within the races were as followed. The white kids were either the skater/headbanger/goth type or what we called kickers (rednecks). The Hispanics were either cholo/gangster type or the Spanish Mexican pride type that spoke Spanish as much as possible. The blacks were generally all associated with one another and the Asians were the same way. The athletes/cheerleaders/band/yearbook crowd generally hung out with one another regardless of race. Everyone else regardless of race was outsiders. Hispanics that didn't speak Spanish, Asians that were Americanized or mixed raced people were generally not popular.

          I was defiantly an outsider. My freshman year most of my friends were mixed race. Later on I made friends with some of the kids that played sports and I think they were the coolest of the bunch. The jock stereotype wasn't very common at my school. Finally the cliques broke up more by our senior year. Meaning the kickers for example that took agriculture hung out with others.

          Sadly even in the adult world people tend to stick with their own kind. When we have meetings at the office the black people generally sit together.
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            Whenever I hear about my high school, it's usually about something bad. A lot of times it's about some no-good kid bringing a gun to school. I thank my lucky stars I'm not enrolled there anymore.
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              Before I go on a tangent about my school, I'll tell you that I was a nerd. Not a geek, a nerd. I was in band, art, honors classes. My closest friends were the overachievers- the study buddies, the class presidents, volunteers, grade grubbers, etc. Moving from group to group was pretty easy, though, especially if you were in clubs. Of the 400-500 people in my graduating class, I knew quite a lot of people. The ones that stuck together the most were usually the foreign students. The ones that spoke different languages at home and often had to take extra classes in their native tongue to keep up. I think the most common groups were the Latinos, the Chinese, and the Hatians (Creoles.) I would not say I was popular, but I was liked by those who knew me. I was often mistaken for quiet, but I always charmed everyone with my interjected jokes.

              I went to my 5 year reunion 2 years ago, and damn we are a good looking, successful group. Most of us got better looking since high school. I also went to a small middle school reunion a couple months ago with my girls. That was fun. Found out a bunch of people went to prison or got knocked up shortly after high school. LOL.


              I think the kind of school you went to is also a factor. I went to a large, inner-city public school. We had 2 public high schools, a catholic high school, and a tech school. There's still talk of a 3rd public high school. What they tried to do when I started high school is divide the city in half (east and west) instead of north and south which would have made unequal amounts of extremely rich and extremely poor kids. A good idea for diversity's sake, but some kids had to travel a long way to get to school. Fortunately we were all mature enough to understand each other's circumstances. The news always tried to make it seem like the poor kids were fighting the rich kids and the different ethnic groups were fighting with each other, but that was rarely the case. It was usually people of the same groups going at it all the time.
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                I was known as the glory hole master...
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                  I was just there. I was pretty nerdy, though. I was known for usually having my nose buried in a book. I also seemed to get along with everyone for the most part, but I wasn't popular or anything. I associated with those who were considered "popular" and those who were considered "nerdy" or geeky, so yeah.

                  Maybe I could be described as maybe Doug? He wasn't popular, but he wasn't particularly unpopular either as people knew him.
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                    I had friends, but I was definitely not popular. I wasn't a nerd either. I had to take a special education class from 9th-11th grade. I just blended in as being quiet and unassuming.
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                      For some reason no one ever admits they were popular in high school. My girlfriend was a cheer leading captain, student council dork, homecoming court member, etc. All she says is "I don't think I was popular." So yeah.

                      But I can without a doubt tell you I was NOT popular.

                      I just did my time, sort of like an inmate in a nasty prison with a short term. No sports, extra curricular activities, nada. I had a group of friends that literally dwindled to about 3 by the end of senior year. I mean yeah, I knew other people but wouldn't call them friends.

                      I'm sure no one would remember me or have anything to say if asked. In a way, I'm glad about that. I feel like I looked like a popular kid, but behaved like a nobody.

                      I've run across a few people from high school every now and then and it's always the same response, "Man, you got big!" So I guess that's all they have to say about that, haha.

                      Overall high school for me was pretty anti climatic, I sort of wish I could have gone back and got into it more.
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                        Well, in my senior yearbook I was voted "Most likely to be committed to an insane asylum" I was crazy in a good way, the class clown if you will, have been since about grade 3. I got along with all the different cliques/groups too: jocks, nerds, geeks, student council, stoners, metal heads, punks, cheerleaders, everyone. I hung out with the punks the most though. A lot of people in the school knew who I was just from being funny. I got asked many times to do things on stage at the assemblies but I only did a few times. I still hang out with most of my high school friends. A lot of them have been friends of mine since Kindergarten (1994)! I'd say I was popular enough to be known but not popular in general if that makes sense; I wasn't a popular kid but most people knew who I was.
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                          freshman and sophomore year i was known by a few people as being kind of a weird idiot. then Columbine happened and most of those few cut the shit and left me alone. i became almost invisible until i got a drivers license junior year. junior and senior year i was known as "the guy with the bug" (i drove a vw bug). people knew my car better than they knew me.

                          i always considered myself a shop geek as i took 3 years of woodshop, a year of auto shop and a year of electronics shop.
                          i had small cliques of casual acquaintances everywhere. from the other shop geeks, to the JV basketball team rejects, to some of the soccer team, to the mexican gang bangers. but i spent most of my time hanging out with a group of friends mainly consisting of hacky sack playing stoners and computer geeks. 4 of which i had known sense elementary school.

                          my school didn't have "popular kids". you were about as popular as your friends thought you were. if you walked 50 feet from where you hung out everyday no one knew who you were. i don't even think half of us even knew who the starting quarterback or class president were.
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                            I am realizing one thing from reading these posts... My high school was not diverse at all! In my graduating class there were a little fewer than 200. We had 1 black person in my class and 1 hispanic person. I am also noticing that groups and activities were viewed differently. For example, one of the most popular guys in my class was the Class President. Also the yearbook group were the outcast of the school who hated the jocks... i mean they hated us with a passion. Of course most of that had to do with the fact that they were also part of the drama group and the drama teacher hated the football team with every fiber of his being. Not saying that we didn't deserve it though. I've noticed a lot of people that talk about the jocks getting preferential treatment by the teachers. this was not the case in 90% of the classes. As a matter of fact my junior English teacher was pretty cool and cut up with me for the first couple of weeks until he saw me in my jersey on game day. Things didn't go so well after that... I think he hated that even though he was a jerk to me and tried to be tough I still passed his class with all A's.
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                              I moved to a new town right before 9th grade, so I was the new kid. and it took me forever to make friends. I only really started to make friends when I got my first job. Once I had friends though and people got to know me, I was just in the middle. I mostly had a bunch of school acquaintances and got along with everyone. I've always been told I was the artsy, hippie, smart girl. Not sure if I agree on that though.
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                                Quote by DeliGuy
                                I am realizing one thing from reading these posts... My high school was not diverse at all! In my graduating class there were a little fewer than 200. We had 1 black person in my class and 1 hispanic person. I am also noticing that groups and activities were viewed differently. For example, one of the most popular guys in my class was the Class President. Also the yearbook group were the outcast of the school who hated the jocks... i mean they hated us with a passion. Of course most of that had to do with the fact that they were also part of the drama group and the drama teacher hated the football team with every fiber of his being. Not saying that we didn't deserve it though. I've noticed a lot of people that talk about the jocks getting preferential treatment by the teachers. this was not the case in 90% of the classes. As a matter of fact my junior English teacher was pretty cool and cut up with me for the first couple of weeks until he saw me in my jersey on game day. Things didn't go so well after that... I think he hated that even though he was a jerk to me and tried to be tough I still passed his class with all A's.


                                Our jocks were all treated the same as any other student. They were usually decent guys who tried to keep up their grades.

                                I think you have to be popular to get elected to student council. Or at least a leader type, which may be why they're popular. Our student council members had enough friends/acquaintances to win, I'm sure. But I honestly think people at our school voted for the smartest/best speech giver. Our class president and secretary went to Harvard, the VP went to Brown I think, and heck if I remember who the treasurer was.
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                                  My freshman year I was the only preppy kid in the entire school it seemed. I played baseball and football and was in the student council/government, whatever you want to call it, and I was a consistent A/B student throughout high school. But I hated it there.

                                  The following year I transferred to the school most of my friends were attending and I loved it. All of the cliques got along for the most part. I spent quite a bit of time hanging out with the rednecks and the preps. Most of the popular kids there were also the smart kids, aside from your small group of super smart kids. We were a competitive bunch in athletics and grades. Even the cheerleaders were super smart and we had the best looking cheerleaders in the county. I was in the popular group but I was deathly shy and terrified of girls until the end of my senior year. My senior year I was voted best looking to my surprise, I might not have been so shy had I known that. I was pretty pissed I wasn't voted most mature but I'll gladly take the other title.
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                                    Quote by palmer10
                                    My freshman year I was the only preppy kid in the entire school it seemed. I played baseball and football and was in the student council/government, whatever you want to call it, and I was a consistent A/B student throughout high school. But I hated it there.

                                    The following year I transferred to the school most of my friends were attending and I loved it. All of the cliques got along for the most part. I spent quite a bit of time hanging out with the rednecks and the preps. Most of the popular kids there were also the smart kids, aside from your small group of super smart kids. We were a competitive bunch in athletics and grades. Even the cheerleaders were super smart and we had the best looking cheerleaders in the county. I was in the popular group but I was deathly shy and terrified of girls until the end of my senior year. My senior year I was voted best looking to my surprise, I might not have been so shy had I known that. I was pretty pissed I wasn't voted most mature but I'll gladly take the other title.



                                    What position were you in football?

                                    We had some good looking cheerleaders as well. The captain of the squad was also my dancing partner. As you can imagine showchoir was the highlight of my day! I will say this though. Our school had two sets of cheerleaders: the basketball cheerleaders and the football chearleaders. The basketball set was viewed more as the JV group, but overall had the better looking girls. Our dance team was laughable. Typically they were somewhat chubby and wore revealing clothes... not a good combo when you are dancing around to "Dirty Pop..."
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                                      Quote by DeliGuy

                                      What position were you in football?

                                      We had some good looking cheerleaders as well. The captain of the squad was also my dancing partner. As you can imagine showchoir was the highlight of my day! I will say this though. Our school had two sets of cheerleaders: the basketball cheerleaders and the football chearleaders. The basketball set was viewed more as the JV group, but overall had the better looking girls. Our dance team was laughable. Typically they were somewhat chubby and wore revealing clothes... not a good combo when you are dancing around to "Dirty Pop..."


                                      I was a wide receiver and a defensive end. We had a small team so anyone with size or talent had to play both sides of the ball and special teams. By halftime I was spent.

                                      Our basketball cheerleaders were the hottest and the most talented but the football cheerleaders weren't bad either. We didn't have a dance team or showchoir though. I was the whitest of white guys when it came to dancing back then, maybe a little more respectable now but not by much.
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                                        I went to a mostly white Catholic high school in Northern VA. There were some Hispanic, Black, and Asian kids there as well. However, compared to my brother's school it was nowhere near as diverse.

                                        All the top students in my class went the University of Virginia.
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                                          My school was not diverse either. I grew up in Midcoast Maine, so yeah LOL. There were less than 100 kids I beleive in my graduating class and we had maybe two black people in the entire school and two asians. It was interesting..we had the hicks, then we had well, just about everyone else..
                                          We didn't have football at our school. Soccer, Lacrosse and Basketball were the big ones. it seemed like the jocks were also in the plays, and in the band and in the honors society and got all straight As in honors classes.

                                          In other words, at my school if you were a jock you might have also been artsy fartsy as well. It was the hicks (kids who wore only flannel, john deer or chevy hats, hung out in the halls to harass people, smoked out by the tracks and said things like "don't 'bout 'magine" (translation: I don't think so) vs just about everyone else. So it was kind of like you had your real serious hickish Mainers who'd either drop out or end up helping a fisherman or a lobsterman after highschool and then you had your Mainers who were working hard in school so they could get OUT of Maine and do something different.

                                          I was kind of just...there. I wasn't a hick but I also wasn't a jock or in the drama crowd. I WANTED to be in the drama crowd but was to self concious. I was really overweight but I realize now that that is not why more people didn't approach me. There were other overweight kids that were fairly popular. Nope, it wasn't so much my weight, It's because _I_ didn't make the effor to approach THEM. I agree that while I wouldn't want to go BACK, I wish I had put forth more effort to be more outgoing and join some clubs, instead of just kind of "being there". I was nice, and other than a few hicks no one gave me any trouble and many would at least remember me, if they couldn't remember my name. But for sure no where near popular.
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