Rural Utah includes some of the most beautiful parts of the state, and definitely has tons of small-town living benefits. Traffic is lighter (or non-existent), you know all your neighbors and you certainly have a real sense of community.
Growing up and attending high school in small-town Utah can be fabulous, or horrible, depending on who you ask, but if you went to high school in a small Utah town in the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, here are 16 things you knew were true:
1. Going to high school was not just a high school experience...you got to deal with annoying junior high students, too.
Many rural Utah high schools included grades 7-12, which meant that even as a senior, you were still surrounded by little boys who thought fart jokes were funny, and who thought they only had to shower once a week.
2. Your graduating class had less than 100 students.
Sometimes, WAY less.
3. You knew everyone in your class from the time you were all in preschool.
That time you wet your pants in kindergarten? And the time when you threw up at school in third grade? Yeah...everyone remembers that.
4. Of course, your group of friends was tight.
The friendships you formed back then were for life.
5. You had no idea how lucky you were to be able to ride your horse or go-cart all over town.
When your cousins from Salt Lake visited, they were green with envy.
6. You got to practice driving on quiet dirt roads.
And let's be honest...you were driving when you were 14.
7. High school sports were a big deal.
The whole town came out to cheer for the football/basketball/volleyball/etc. team.
8. But 4-H was at least as cool.
That guy at your school who was the quarterback and center of the basketball team also had the prize-winning lamb at the county (and state!) fair.
9. And rodeo was what everyone aspired to.
The hottest guys in the high school were real cowboys who knew how to rope a calf - not just the posers who wore Wranglers and chewed tobacco.
10. The teachers and support staff at your high school all knew your parents personally.
It’s a lot harder to get away with sluffing when your mom is friends with the entire cafeteria and office staff...and she's known your English teacher since SHE was in preschool.
11. Some of your besties lived on the other side of the county.
As much as half your high school was bused in from other small towns.
12. You learned how to entertain yourself...
13. ...and you got involved in just about every high school activity.
You really felt that hometown pride when you represented your school.
14. The school in the next county over was your automatic rival.
You weren't sure why you hated those kids...you just knew that you did.
15. You couldn't wait to graduate and get out of your small town...
16. ...But once you left, you missed home.
Did you go back, or do you just visit occasionally?