Honestly, I had a pretty dull high school experience. The only people who might be considered legends from that place were some dumb dumbs who pranked each other a lot.
One of them, for example, put a dead fish in the others’ car air conditioning system. Pretty sure they had to just sell the car for scrap.
But there are bigger legends to be had out there, like these tales from Reddit.
1. Backstage Pass
We had a thing at our high school called Senior Assembly. It was basically a variety show put on by the senior class. The seniors would do skits dressed up as teachers to make fun of them, and the teachers dressed up as students to poke fun at us, etc.
Anyway, our class decided to go with an SNL theme. One of my classmates flew to New York City, somehow managed to sneak backstage at Saturday Night Live, and then got almost the entire cast to give individual shout-outs to our graduating class. This was in 2009 so he got people like Will Ferrell, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg, etc. Even Lorne Michaels gave us a shout-out.
2. The Thermos Incident
So, ‘legend’ in this case means f**king lunatic.
He took the teacher’s thermos from the back of the room, not knowing it was hers. He goes to the bathroom, with the thermos. Comes back, with the thermos. She says, “Oh, you found my thermos! Great, thanks! Just put it on my desk.” He does, and then walks out of the room wordlessly. She opens the thermos in confusion.
He s**t in the thermos.
3. The Chase
My teacher assistant in college stopped showing up to class for a couple days, later on we found out he had gotten high and got into a car chase with the police, we never saw him again
4. Music Fest.
We had a school music festival one year and my band played it. Being a bunch of h**ny 17-18 year old dudes with raging hormones, of course we had a song about s** and the chorus was “cuz all you wanna do… is f**k!” The chorus repeats that line for about 4-5 times each round of the chorus and we play the chorus three times.
It’s our turn to play and we get about 4 songs into our set before this song comes up. We’ve got a decent crowd of a couple hundred kids in front of the stage moshing and what not. other kids and administrators are sprinkled across the field watching the show. Now we can’t yell F**k at a school sponsored event so the first run of the chorus our singer says the line but holds the mic out to the crowd and gets our friends to yell “F**K!” By the end of the first chorus about 1/3 of the crowd joins in on the call and response and you can clearly see from the stage that there is a buzz in the crowd about getting to yell F**k. Next run of the chorus the whole crowd of kids are yelling it and it gets picked up by the PA. By the third chorus it’s so loud that it’s getting blasted across the football field and the administrators can’t do a thing about it but sit and watch.
We heard about that for months after the festival. Some of the teachers gave us props for pulling that one off simply because it got the admins so p**sed.
5. I Am McLovin
When I was a junior in HS the wrestling team would hang out in the bathroom at lunch and pack lips in the stalls. There was a kid who was probably on the spectrum who’d also hang in the bathroom every day and eat his lunch there so we befriended him and tried to give him some banter.
I went to a midnight screening of Superbad and the first time McLovin came on the screen I was like “my god, that looks JUST like a slightly skinnier version of (stall kid).”
So the next day at school I saw him in the hall and during our usual daps I was like YOOOOO IT’S MCLOVIN!!!!!!!! That caught on and for the rest of his time in high school everyone called him McLovin (he liked it) then he was voted prom king as a Senior. Hope you’re well, McLovin :’)
6. The Parking Lot Hero
When I was in 11th grade, a guy a year older than me, in grade 12, saved a grade 9 girl from being abducted by her estranged father in the school parking lot. Her dad hadn’t been in her life for years and had previously tried to take her from her elementary school. This being her first year in high school, I guess he tried again. The 12th grader heard her scream as her dad tried to force her into his car and he ran over and got involved, apparently punching the dad before the dad got back in his car and sped off.
Guy was a legit hero at the school.
7. Unleash the Kelly
There was this girl “Kelly” who was very tiny, quiet, and seemingly well mannered. Very unassuming girl, I don’t think anyone knew who she was (big school) until she was ESCORTED OFF CAMPUS BY THE POLICE for stealing the credit card information of 14 students and going on a shopping spree.
She disappeared for a year before somehow being allowed back in for her senior year.
Instead of being a pariah, this girl somehow became a d**n meme. “Free Kelly” posters would pop up with her mugshot on them, her name was incorporated into chants used at football games like she was a weapon that could be used against the opposing team, and she was at the top of everyone’s party invite list.
8. A Sharp Tongue
In my first year of high school, someone ran for student body president, and covered the entire school with posters saying “Vote for NAME, he’s a Cunning Linguist”.
By the end of the first day all the posters were down, and he was told he was no longer allowed to run in student council elections.
He won as a write in candidate, but was not allowed to serve. Legend.
9. High Atop the Throne
Halfway through my last year of high school someone managed to put a ceramic toilet on top of our multi story gymnasium. I have no idea how that feat was achieved. The school staff didn’t know either, nor could they figure out how to get it OFF the roof once they found it. As a result it remained on the gym for the remainder of my time there.
I never found out who did it, but I will admire them until my dying day.
10. The Baby Savers
3 kids at my high school literally saved a babies life by lifting up a car off of a child that got ran over and had it’s head pinned under the axle.
The baby would have died had they not showed up. Those kids were hailed as heroes and if I recall Good Morning America offered to fly them to New York for interviews but they declined, I’ll see If I can find the article
11. You Got HACKED
Someone installed games onto the schools server. There were a bunch of N64 emulators, Peggle, and some other games. But then there were also LAN games that could be played against anyone/everyone in the school including Counterstrike and Halo. Sometimes you’d go on and there’d be no one, other times there’d be 10v10 fight in Blood Gulch.
It lasted at least 10 years but don’t know if it has been taken down since.
12. Always the Quiet Ones
My brother ran in to the statue of our high school mascot with his truck at night. Knocked the bulldog off it’s platform then threw it in the back of the truck. It ended up in a pond out by our house. My brother, who was a massive wallflower in school, and never told a soul until he mentioned it to me over some beers in our 30s.
No one ever knew who it was but it was a big deal and I remember tons of allegations, accusations, and rumors as to how our mascot disappeared. Never in my life would I have ever suspected my brother.
Legendary in my eyes.
13. The Book Con
Not high school but elementary school. We had this system where if we read a book we could take a quiz online ab the book and we’d get points for how much of it we got correct and at the end of the year the students that had a certain amount of points got to go to this after school party with waterslides and food trucks and it was a lot of fun.
Anyways, this buddy of mine would read all these big long hard books (they were worth the most points) and he’d take the quizzes, write down the answers and pass them around to other students and by the end of the year, there were ab 50 students who went to that party including myself all thanks to him.
Hope you’re doing alright James!
14. Open Season
Long story short: Jerk of a substitute wouldn’t let a heavily pregnant girl use the restroom, and she had to go to the nurse then the doctors afterwards, enraging entire graduating class of the girl.
Substitute quits after three weeks of Open Season on him with him giving this speech of how we’re all ungrateful and how we’ve made him regret ever wanting to be a teacher.
According to my little brother, who is currently at that school, it’s still talked about because the faculty put in a rule that a teacher can not prevent a pregnant student from going to the restroom.
Someone spread a rumor that Legend had a small pp. He responded by photocopying his Johnson and leaving the pictures on the desks of everyone in the class. He got suspended but set the rumors straights. BDE for sure.
*I was not in his class, nor did I see the picture
16. The Vodka Raisen Hero
Our legend was actually the gym teacher. He became a legend by getting hit by a bus, getting up, getting on the bus and asking if everyone was OK.
~~He ended up getting fired about 5 years after I graduated because he was caught soaking raisins in vodka and then eating them over the course of the day.!!
Never change Mr. Lev
17. Don’t Flinch
Our history teacher was ex-military, and he was absolutely JACKED. Like this guy would bike ten miles every morning to school, kept an ab roller in his classroom, would eat salads and beans for lunch every day, the whole shebang.
Anyway, one day he gives our class a pop quiz. Jeff, the strongest, biggest guy in my class, goes up to him and asks:”If I can punch you in the stomach, and make you flinch, the entire class gets a 100 on the quiz.” My teacher took him up on it.
He prepared himself, and Jeff absolutely DRILLS him in the stomach. Our teacher DID NOT FLINCH. We still had to take the quiz, but Jeff went down in history as the guy who punched a teacher, and the Teacher went down in history as a guy you don’t wanna f**king mess with.
18. Deep Fakes
Joe Sticka, class of 1969 at my HS. The guy didn’t exist.
He was created by a group of my friends as a mid-year transfer student with a totally fabricated deep background that was so smooth ‘Joe’ even made the yearbook with a “picture unavailable” caption.
19. Hot Dog Kid
It’s pretty stupid but a friend wore a Walmart hot dog costume and for some reason everyone thought it was funny, started chanting hot dog kid and he won the best Halloween costume award of that year.
Next year he wore a penguin costume and as he stepped up on stage he ripped it off to reveal the hotdog costume underneath. Everybody f**king lost it. Sadly we have a rule that you can’t win 2 years in a row so while he didn’t get the prize we all knew who had the best costume that day
That is how the legend of hot dog kid was born at my high school
20. The Final Bell
He cut his thumb off on a third floor window 5 minutes before final bell and busses.
Getting all of us locked in the school of an hour as the ambulance arrived took him away and the school cleaned everything up.
21. The Spaniard
In ninth grade, one of our teachers got sick so we got a sub. And this kid just starts talking in a strong Spaniard accent (like super well) and convinces the teacher he is from Spain. And he talks this way FOR THREE MONTHS. It was hilarious.
And when another kid tried talking as a Spaniard too, he got really upset and accused the other kid of mocking his culture etc. Then when the year ended we had to do a presentation and our teacher who got sick came! So the kid just nodded through the whole presentation while his group mates talked. It was hilarious.
22. The Leaker Streaker
We had a carbon monoxide leak at my high school one day in which the entire school was evacuated to the football field. The leak was taking so long to fix, that eventually local news cameras started showing up. At about the 3 hour mark of waiting on the football field, one of the seniors ran naked across the entire length of the football field, IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE SCHOOL. He ran straight at the cameras that were pointed at the field, hopped the fence, and ran across a busy intersection… butt a** naked.
One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Every single person, including the teachers, was laughing hysterically.
Kid became a legend that day for sure.
When I was a freshman, there was a senior on the last week of school who thought it would be legendary to streak on campus. He was 18. He was unable to receive his diploma on stage and had to register as a s** offender.
24. The Rich Get Richer
During gym class we noticed people’s change and stuff would go missing here and there, as it was a british school with uniforms and blazers etc.
Someone left their ipod recording in their blazer pocket and we caught the girl who’d been stealing our change red handed LMAO.
It was so crazy bc she was like the richest kid, she was actually a semi-successful child actor who’d been in several shows.
25. The Dump Truck
Guy was the running back for the high school football team, which I was also on. Tackling him was like trying to tackle a dump truck. It regularly took multiple opponents to get him to fall over.
One particular play, I was trying to block for him and he just ran over / through me *and* the guy I was blocking and went to score a TD.
Had to do a 1v1 tackle drill against him in practice once… I was a WR / CB, I never stood a chance.
He was a kind and soft-spoken guy though – he was a star athlete but he was humble.
He went on to be ranked 1st or 2nd in olympic wrestling in the country. A few years after high school he was working a job as a bouncer and was shot and killed.
HG, you deserved more, man.
Religious school. Until the principal’s niece (2 years older than me) got pregnant her senior year, the school had a rule that they would expel pregnant students.
After that, they changed it to “pregnant students are not allowed to walk for graduation if they are showing, but they are no longer expelled”. A girl my class got pregnant her senior year and was not showing 2 weeks before graduation, when the school had to decide if she was allowed to walk. She did not look pregnant then, but then POPPED in those two weeks and looked super pregnant at graduation.
But, they had already said she could walk, so she got to participate.
27. Muscle Ball
This guy never lost a wrestling match. Ever. Local, State, National champ as a sophomore. He was amazing.
My high school had about 220 total students in the middle of f**king nowhere Oregon and this 98 lb ball of muscle and hustle was getting TV crews to come out and film us practicing and s**t.
28. This is How Politics Work
I had a friend in Highschool who was cool as h**l but looked like an awkward Korean kid. (I mean he sorta was). Our HS had TVs in every classroom, and we needed a new class president. So the first person goes on the TV (Keep in mind, around 1400 kids were watching) and talks about why he should be class president, what they’d do.
Then the 2nd candidate goes up and talks about why they should be president and all the good things they’d do. Then my friend goes on TV, and proceeds to just sing the song “Zombie”, by the Cranberries, completely acapella. Including the “Zomb-BAYEE, BAYEE, BAYEE, BAYEE, OOOahhh, OOahhh, Ooaaah, OOYAYAYAYAYAYYAYA” part.
He won the election by a landslide. (But got replaced 2 weeks later cause he really didn’t care about it).
We had a teacher who was infamous for not letting you go to the bathroom no matter what. I mean so much so that if you accidentally started your period in class, she’d make you wait. (This happened.)
So there was a girl who we’ll call Katie in class, who tended to be a bit of a troublemaker. Katie h**ed that teacher, because she’d begged to go to the bathroom and got shut down every time.
At the end of the year, Katie asked one more time to go to the bathroom, The teacher said no.
Katie asked another time five minutes later. The teacher said no again.
Five minutes after that, Katie asked again, but said that the teacher was not going to like what happened if the teacher didn’t let her go. The teacher hit the roof and said that if she said one more thing, Katie would be sent to the principal.
Katie shrugged and said “This is on you, then”, and p**sed on her seat, right where she was.
The teacher sent her to the principal, who called her parents, one of which was a urologist. Her father yelled at the principal. The teacher ended up in deep s**t. According to other kids, she never denied another kid the bathroom again.
Katie was a f**king legend.
The high school was near both a grocery store and a petco, so someone bought sugar, a loaf of bread, and a hundred crickets.
They soaked the bread in sugar water, tossed it up into the drop ceiling, and let the crickets out into the ceiling as well.
They bred like crazy and the chirping was constant and echoed into the loudest possible brrrring noise I’ve ever heard.
Legends never die. They don’t even always graduate.
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