Wanna hear a story…?
When I was in school, I was voted “most likely to create a fake ceremony where you vote for yourself for stuff” because I was homeschooled before attending a super tiny religious school with like 4 people in it.
In other words, I don’t understand the typical high school experience in the least. But I am fascinated by it. Especially the social dynamics, and what happens after.
Does Reddit have tales of woe or marital bliss? Let’s find out.
1. The Big Gamble
My mum was the nerdy girl who got all the As and had zero social skills, and somehow managed to start dating my dad who was the popular, good-looking guy who everyone thought would peak in high school.
She was actually advised by her family and friends that he wouldn’t give her the future she was hoping for. They got married at 19, had me when they were 20, and while they were pretty broke the first few years of my life, he paid for my mum to attend law school, started his own business and 25 years later with 3 kids, they’re still so in love and have a pretty cushy life.
My dad actually met one of the loud voices who told my mum she was making a big mistake marrying him, and she had said how she always knew he would turn out well, which he found hilarious.
2. The Hidden Feelings
I married the football/baseball start, voted best looking…
His brother d**d while they were in high school shortly after he broke his collarbone and ruined any chances of college sports.
He was good at masking his feelings for years. He’s now in rehab for alcohol and about 100 lbs heavier.
3. Death of a Salesman
My dad was crazy popular.
Prom king, salutatorian, running back, serious ladies man.
He met my mom in a nursing class in college which he took to meet girls (lecture course and he was the only guy in a sea of women- this was the 70s)
They married, he became a car salesman, developed a terrible drug habit and d**d of a heart attack at 52
4. The Sweetheart
My brother married the a popular girl, she was homecoming queen, prom queen, on varsity teams, in band, an honor roll student, beautiful, and super nice.
17ish years and 2 kids later, she is still a sweetheart, beautiful, and athletic.
5. The One We All Loved
I married one of our high school sweethearts. We started dating there in the late 70’s.
A girl everyone loved. Long straight hair down to her rear end. Smiled all the time. Always in the beauty contestant shows and always generous and friendly.
Fast forward to now and she is still good looking and does not look her age of 60. Great mother and grandmother and still as good a person now as she was when I met her in 77.
6. The Center of Attention
Mom was the cool girl. Still is, still literally gets stopped by strangers talking about how cool/pretty/whatever she looks/acts.
BUT divorced (husband cheated) and widowed (second husband d**d), so never really managed to get a happily ever after in romance.
I’ve only seen her as a grown-up of course, but going by pictures + what I remember as a kid, she hasn’t changed all that much, I think sometimes she’s too used to people being “in her orbit” and will get sad if something happens where she’s not involved. Not overtly so, but you can see she’s expecting everyone to always want her there.
7. The Popular Loner
My best friend was prom king 14 years ago. Now he owns a successful small business.
Never had a girlfriend. Never had a boyfriend. Not sure about his s**uality but he’s a kick**s dude.
Proud he calls me a friend as I’m an awkward introvert.
8. The Serious Gamer
He was the one who had the 6 pack who all the girls swooned over. Very popular.
I was not.
Saw him after just leaving HS and started going out.
Ended up getting married in our early 20’s. God knows why?! I guess we thought it was just what happened next?
He never grew up. All he wanted to do was play online games. But I mean constantly. He would get in from work, walk straight past me to the spare room, straight online and play until the early hours. Get a bit of sleep, go back to work.
Same thing, again and again.
Never wanted to go anywhere. Just wanted to game.
Eventually, I gave him an ultimatum. He chose the game.
From what I gather, he’s remarried to someone else we went to school with and has 2 kids now. I was told she had to give him an awful lot of ultimatums before he eventually grew up.
9. The Hot Cop
Not sure if he was necessarily cool but my dad was prefect and head boy of his school, got along nicely with everyone and was responsible. They didn’t have prom there so that was the highest honour you could probably get. Worked hard and all and had his classmates help to tutor him.
His grades didn’t end up great because he came in late to school once and got after school detentions. He would go home late and finish homework overnight, then get up at the crack of dawn to wash his father’s bus and be late to school again (more detentions). He dropped out and transferred to another school.
Now he’s a retired policeman who is working in security to send me and my siblings to school, does his best still. In my mom’s view he’s still handsome and she calls him a multitude of cutesy nicknames that he pretends to hate. Life is always as tough as normal but he keeps going.
10. The Homecoming Queen
I married the homecoming queen, head cheerleader, and star basketball player. Yes, just one person.
At 50, she’s still stunning with an amazing drive. We’re partners in real estate sales, and she’s the engine that keeps our team successful.
I just keep trying to not f**k it up.
11. The Atlanta Debutante and the Lowly Lifeguard
My mom was the elite Atlanta debutante and lived a very cushy life at a budding Miami country club. Beautiful and very popular at the private school. My dad grew up on a farm in Virginia. They weren’t poor but they were definitely not refined.
Eventually my father’s family made it down to Miami after selling the farm. He became the lifeguard at the country club pool where my mom spent days lounging about. My parents say they saw each other and that was it. The scandal was great – the debutante and the lowly lifeguard….
They just celebrated 54 years of marriage. My “lowly” lifeguard father made quite the life for my mom regardless of what all those elite twats said was going to happen. She gladly left the country club life for him and they are still so utterly in love it’s crazy. He carries a photo of her at the pool where they met. The only references she makes to being “that girl” are that they proved everyone wrong.
They are beautiful and I love their story.
12. The Secret Geek
I married the cool, outgoing, outdoorsy, sporty high school jock.
Turns out he’s secretly as geeky and introverted as I am.
He’s still the same person 25 years later.
13. The Go-Getter
I married the cool girl. Super athletic, everyone was her friend. We started dating in high school.
She’s kept up everything people loved about her. Nowadays she isn’t as interested in other people, and focuses on herself, her career, us and our future.
We’re planning to buy a house and have kids soon. I’m the breadwinner today but I’m not so sure if that’ll be true in a few years lol
14. Complementary Differences
I’m an introvert and he’s an extrovert.
I never knew what to say to him in high school because he was so cool and funny, he intimidated me.
Now our differences complement each other I think and we’re very happy.
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15. The Next Chapter
My sister married the prom king/starting running back from her high school.
He got fat, but also is a nice dude who makes a killing running some kind of raw materials company.
Doesn’t talk about the past at all.
16. The Stand Up Dude
Not me but my mom married my dad who who was hot s**t. They met in college when he was an absolute hellion. But since then he became a doctor, still a really fun dude.
He’s also a licensed contractor so when he was bored he built a 6000 square foot barn in our backyard over 10 years completely on his own.
Absolutely stand up dude.
17. The Hot-headed Hottie
Fell in love after we met couple of years after graduation.
She used to be the cool girl and I was the quiet introvert. Found out apart from being cool, she was also a very loving person.
Married her. She gave meaning and purpose to my life. I can get through life only with her beside me.
She is still as cool and as hot headed as she was. Quick to battle anyone and everyone, if she thinks they are wrong (to my dismay).
18. Two Strikes And…
As it turned out, I married one of the mean girls, didn’t go to her school, didn’t find out she was considered that til after the divorce. That’s how it turned out.
Then I dated one of the cool chicks. Did go to her school, did know she was considered that. And she was the most amazing human being I’ve ever known. That one didn’t work out either.
Now I’m just retired from relationships for a bit, strike 3 would kill me right now
19. The Terrific Athlete
My husband was the prom king and star athlete. I was a super awkward marching band nerd with severe scoliosis and a heart condition.
He’s always been sweet, silly, smart and kind.
Still can’t believe we’re married.
20. The Cool Guy
My highschool friend was the “cool-guy”.
Everyone liked him, guys and girls. He never got into fights, was always instantly invited everywhere and girls totally swooned over him.
He’s still the same awesome dude. Hasn’t changed a bit.
He married an incredibly hot nurse.
21. The Prime Minister
My mom was the cool girl all through high school, undergrad, grad school. But life didn’t go that well.
For most of her life, she had to be caring for someone in the family who was ill, and that took a huge toll on her. First it was her dad, then it was me (I had childhood illnesses), then her in-laws in quick succession, then her dad again, and finally she had to nurse my dad until he passed away from a terminal illness. She was meant to be social and have fun, and instead she was forced to be around sickness and sadness for her best years.
But she is a very happy and mentally strong person in general who made the best of things. She hosted a lot of people and events. My house growing up was full of people visiting and having fun. She’s very charming and easy to talk to, and has a lot of fans all the time.
Though, my siblings and I find her social side rather annoying. She isn’t like that with us, and she tells us her charming side is just an act, and the real her is the lady who is constantly critical of us “for our own good”. She likes having groupies hanging around, people who are happy to take her help and be grateful to her. She has very few friends who could be considered her equals.
She also expects a lot from other people and is constantly disappointed. She wants to be the center of everything. She doesn’t know to be a guest at anything, she somehow ends up running every event she’s invited to. She sincerely believes she’s helping, but it’s just disrespectful sometimes and when we tell her that, she doesn’t get it. She likes to dominate everything and make decisions for everyone. We joke that if the prime minister was her friend, she’d somehow end up running the country for him.
22. The Emo Kid
I started dating a popular, athletic (varsity volleyball and softball as a freshman) girl in our senior year, when I was at the peak of my weird emo phase.
People teased her so badly she broke up with me the first week, but quickly realized she didn’t give a s**t about what others were saying and we got back together. We’ve been married nearly six years now, in our 30s.
She’s largely the same sarcastic, funny person I fell in love with, but more mature as you’d expect with age. Very great mother, the breadwinner and glue that holds us all together. We also have an a**hole dog now, too.
23. The Player that Kept Winning
Found out recently (30 M) that my dad was extremely popular in high school from my aunt.
I had no idea he was an all-star football player with lots of college offers and was prom and homecoming king.
Never talks about it, but he’s doing well. 2 kids, a dog, and a loving wife, imo he’s still winning.
24. The Pretty Face
My wife was the hot girl that everyone gossiped about.
She’s still super hot but Is such a wonderful, supportive, loving person.
It makes me sad no one took the time to get to really know her when she was young.
25. The Business Model
My brother was one of the hottest guys in high school and went on to be a model.
He’s still cool and hot to many but now he’s a bit fat. He’s my brother so ewww on the hot part in my opinion. But women still swoon and he’s so obnoxious. Think Matt Dillon, etc…. Era.
He got dumped by his model 17 years younger wife for a 26 year old. He has impossible standards and it’s making him miserable. He’s into these flashy shallow women. Overall he’s doing really well and his business is thriving.
26. The Philanthropist
I always think about this guy in my HS, he was super popular and the best friend of the worst bully I ever had. I won’t say his name but he went on to be a pro football player and I always idolized him because of his actions on one single day.
He pulled me aside and told me that he noticed I almost never ate lunch, he game me $20 and told me to make sure i ate well and that he was sorry he was so mean to me.
For anyone who has ever hesitated on apologizing, I will never forget that person and I will never think he didn’t deserve his popularity. I was picked on, but bitter.
27. The Nicest Girl
She still the nicest and gorgeous girl I ever met.
Nothing change, she is studying to be a pharmacist, that’s something no one would guess, since she always loved History and her school didn’t had Biology or Chemistry
28. The Humble King
My dad was super popular.
Prom king, valedictorian, class president, football captain etc.
He has a high ranking but normal roll a a smallish to medium sized company.
Pretty normal guy and a good dad. If brought up he will mention his high school years but he doesn’t brag.
29. The Protector
I sat next to the popular guy every day pretty much for five years and I was so afraid of speaking to him. I’d watched him and his friends picking each other up and shoving the chosen one into lockers, or chasing each other round into a pile on and throwing their shoes at each other. Typical school s**t.
They were rowdy and loud and intimidating, but he was the quiet yet seriously funny one and I crushed on him HARD for years. He remembers me as the little blonde girl who didn’t speak to anyone (because I was so anxious all the time). He also protected his sister from some a**holes every break time and she’d come to find him for safety from bullies.
Should have spoken to him sooner when school finished, because we have the same music taste and we get on well enough now at 26 that we have a 6 month old daughter together, my daughter from a previous relationship and we just got engaged last weekend. I adore him, he’s handsome, charming and funny and I would do anything for this man as he would for me.
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30. The Heavy Crown
I was the prom King, I was a starting athlete in many team sports. I was also ironically barely connected socially to my class and spent a lot of time gaming and eating.
I am divorced, fat and play competitive M:TG. My ex probably doesn’t give a s**t about me being the prom King.
Guess you never know where life might take you next.
Who was the cool kid in your school? Where are they now?
Tell us in the comments.