Pittsburgh August 04, 2017
9 Things You Know Are True If You Went To High School In Pittsburgh
Most of us who grew up in Pittsburgh shared some common experiences. Like high school. Regardless of which high school you went to, we all experienced some similar things. Here are 9 things you know are true if you went to high school in Pittsburgh.
1. Friday night = football.
Friday nights are a big deal in Pittsburgh during high school football season. Each of the TV stations has coverage dedicated to the biggest games of the night. And, even if you weren't into football in high school, you likely hung out at the games because it was
the place to be.
2. Friday pep rallies replaced class.
Who went to pep rallies in the gym on Friday afternoons of a big game night? For some schools, it was just as big a tradition as the game itself.
3. We always got an extra day off over Thanksgiving vacation.
Everyone else might struggle to wake up on the Monday morning after Thanksgiving. But, we Pennsylvanians get to sleep in because it's the first day of hunting season in the state. That, of course, is an unofficial holiday of sorts, which means no school.
4. The cafeteria always erupted in cheers when a poor soul dropped his tray.
Cafeteria food might not have been the best. Alas, many of us bought our lunch or, if your high school had one, opted for the ala carte line. Inevitably, some poor soul would drop his full tray right on the floor. As it came down with a resounding crash, students would burst into applause.
5. We used paper bags to cover our books.
Remember getting a brand new book at the beginning of the school year? One of the first things we had to do was put a book cover on it. And, there was no quicker or cheaper option than grabbing a brown paper bag from Giant Eagle or Shop 'N Save and using it as a book cover.
6. We woke up early on snowy winter days.
Snowy winter days meant waking up early to watch KDKA, WTAE, or WPXI to see if we'd have a delay or, even better, a snow day. If we were lucky, our school district called the delay or snow day the night before so we could sleep in.
7. The mall was
the place to hang out on Friday and Saturday nights.
Once upon a time, Pittsburgh's malls were the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights, at least until you were old enough to get your driver's license. What was your favorite mall to hang out when you were in high school?
8. The first best day of 12th grade was Senior Skip Day and…
Senior year meant senior study halls, driving to school, and enjoying privileges the underclassmen envied. One of the biggest days of the year, aside from senior prom, was undoubtedly Senior Skip Day. Where did you spend your Senior Skip Day?
9. The second best day was the last day of school.
Underclassmen can attest to the silence that permeates through the halls at the end of the school year. That's because the seniors' last day of school comes early, probably one of the biggest perks of being a senior.
What other things do you think all Pittsburghers know is true if they went to high school in Pittsburgh?
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