Social Media Is Killing High School Dances and Romantic Dreams

What would the late John Hughes say? The director's 1980s flicks were chock-full of school dances, the the tradition is being phased out — in New York State, at least. Instead, teens are connecting on social media platforms like Snapchat, where it’s easier to make bad decisions if you can convince yourself that it » 3/14/14 5:30pm 3/14/14 5:30pm

All Your High School Friends Were Chosen by Your Classroom Assignments

The movies lied to us! It's not totally jocks vs. nerds when it comes to picking friends in school, your besties are most likely just the kids you sit near in class. According to a national study of 3,000 students at 78 high schools across the United States, found that the courses students take have a profound effect… » 11/19/13 1:00pm 11/19/13 1:00pm

Facing Pressure, Texas School District Lets Transgender Teen Wear Tux

Here's to triumphing over the inane rules that often govern the typical North American high school: after not allowing a transgender student to wear a tux in his yearbook photo, a South Texas school district has reversed course, saying (thanks to pressure from the Southern Poverty Law Center) that the student can wear… » 11/17/13 1:00pm 11/17/13 1:00pm

Biracial Girl Changes Name from 'Keisha' to 'Kylie' Because of Bullies

As an early Christmas present this year, 19-year-old Keisha Austin got a legal name change. According to Jeneé Osterheldt of the Kansas City Star, this is because her classmates and teachers had made jokes and comments about her name — which they associated with " video vixens, neck-rolling and Maury Povich tabloid… » 11/05/13 2:20pm 11/05/13 2:20pm

High School Forces Students to Sign Anti-Twerking Blood Oath

High school dances: a place for craven youths to perform unbelievable feats of contortionism in order to simulate sexual acts. Seas of newly-licensed drivers dry-humping to David Guetta in the strange serenity of orgiastic abandon, their PSAT scores finally banished from the dark ciphers of their teenaged minds. » 10/24/13 1:10pm 10/24/13 1:10pm

California High School Awesomely Crowns Trans Girl Homecoming Queen

Homecoming events aren’t just opportunities for creepy alums to revisit their old schools and watch high school kids play football. Sometimes, homecoming can be an opportunity to demonstrate a level of inclusion and tolerance high school (in general) isn’t exactly known for. That’s what happened at Marina High School… » 9/21/13 5:30pm 9/21/13 5:30pm

Fun-Hating School Officials Ban Cheerleader Uniforms

Student athletes wearing their uniforms to school on game day is as much a trope of the typical American high school as inedible hot lunches, boring math teachers and getting stoned behind the field house. This might be changing soon, however, because a bunch of MEGA-NERD administrators are ruining everything by… » 8/29/13 3:50pm 8/29/13 3:50pm

Horrifying Hazing Pics Will Make You Want to Lock Up Your Kids Forever

When we talk about "hazing" in the media, it's usually in pretty abstract generalities—the victims were humiliated, beaten, forced to drink to excess, and so on—but there's nothing quite like a photograph to drive home just what something means. These photos from an investigation into hazing at Inglemoor High School (go, … » 6/21/13 10:50am 6/21/13 10:50am

Creative High Schooler Sneaks Biggie Quote Into Yearbook via Nerd Code

Yearbook quotes are always the perfect way to catch a glimpse into the psyche of your 18-year-old self. Oh, you thought "The Boy with the Arab Strap" was the height of poetry? Did that Mahatma Gandhi quote you read in your world history book move you to the point that you always want to be remembered by it? Or were you… » 6/17/13 4:00pm 6/17/13 4:00pm

Why the Hell Are There So Many High School Valedictorians?

Like cicadas, law school graduates working as bartenders, feral cats prowling the abandoned alleyways of Detroit, and people who say they’ve read Infinite Jest but have only really skimmed the first 50 pages, it would seem our society currently contains far too-many high school valedictorians. Depending on your level… » 6/02/13 2:30pm 6/02/13 2:30pm