I went to a small high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania. My best friends had thousands of kids in their graduating classes… But me, I had about 200. Graduation was painless because it went by so quickly! There are certain other experiences that those of us who went to a small high school have shared.
1. Your parents knew your teachers before you started high school, because they either had them as teachers themselves, or they went to high school with them.
This could either be good or bad.
2. Sibling legacy was real: if your older brother or sister was known for being rowdy, a terrified look came across your teachers' faces when they saw your last name on their role sheet on the first day of school.
Conversely, if your brother or sister had been a star student, you were expected to fill their shoes.
3. You got off from school on the first day of hunting season.
Pennsylvania takes hunting very seriously.
4. Your graduating class was so small that you were shocked if you noticed a person you didn't recognize at graduation.
Your friends who went to bigger schools can't believe that you knew every single person in your graduating class.
5. You remember the birthdays of about half the people in your class, even ten years after graduation.
Though thanks to Facebook, you don't need to remember them yourself.
6. Most of the same people played every sport, but just rotated depending on the season.
Good at football? Obviously you're a baseball and basketball star also!
7. You weren't surprised when people who dated in high school got married a few years later.
The weirdest part was thinking about how you/your best friend/your sibling once dated one of them.
8. New kids were instantly the most popular kids in school.
Tell us about the exciting things from the great beyond!
9. Nothing ever happened without everyone finding out within a day.
This extends beyond your circle of friends... It includes your teachers and everyone's parents also! No secrets for you.
10. After graduation, your class was divided in two main groups: those who remained in your hometown, and those who moved away.
And there's nothing better than the occasional reunion, officially organized by the school or just among friends!