Growing up in Northern California was a pretty magical place. The high school I went to wasn’t the smallest town on the map, but it was small compared to other places in NORCAL. Everybody knew everybody and there was a real sense of family. We thought everyone had this kind of high school experience. In case you’ve forgotten what high school was like in Northern California, here are a few things that might jog your memory.
1. The Weather Rocked
The weather was almost always gorgeous. Am I right? Sure, we had a few rainy days but it was never freezing cold or Hades hot.
2. Everybody knew everybody.
You could name everyone in your high school class - and knew where they lived. Most of them were in your kindergarten class and you still can tell an embarrassing story or two about their teenage years.
3. Raider Fans
You definitely knew who the Raider fans were at your school.
4. And you knew who the 49er fans were.
Not to be outdone...the 49er fans represented well on campus, too. They were a little more clean cut. Plus, they liked that Al Davis kept moving his team up and down California. It gave the 49er fans some bragging rights of their own - the TRUE Northern California team.
5. Earthquake Drills
Yeah, these were a thing. But you found them more fun than scary. It was a nice way to break up Algebra class.
6. Cutting class was tough.
Growing up in a small town meant cutting class in high school was problematic. Remember how everybody knew everybody? That meant your mom would meet up with your friend's mom at the grocery store and hear all about what you did or where you went. It was SO not cool!
7. Vacations were for rich people.
If you grew up in a small high school, chances are your family didn't have boatloads of cash for family vacations. I dreamed of Disneyland for many years. But we took a tour of a fish hatchery and a lumber mill in Scotia instead.
8. Teachers called you by your siblings name.
A small high school means you didn't stand a chance when your sibling was a few years ahead of you. They paved the way and gave you a head start. If your sibling was a knucklehead you were not very liked by your teacher. If they were a perfect student you were already liked before you even sat down.
It was cool to date someone from a neighboring "small high school." Unless, of course, you were playing them in football. Then you were enemies.
10. You always wanted to go to "The City."
Being cool meant you always pined for the "cool" metropolitan places. And the nearest city to you was where you wanted to be. Because, after all, your small town was just not cool like that.
11. Graduating high school and leaving your town...
When you came back to visit you never had to tell people what you'd been up to - they already knew. And they filled you in on everyone else in you went to high school with.
12. You watched KTVU like your parents did.
After high school graduation you began watching the news like your mom and dad. And, you preferred Dennis Richmond on KTVU because he was just the best.
It’s funny how when you’re young you want so much to grow up and leave your small town. But, after a few years of that you realize that small town where you went to high school was pretty awesome after all.