Posts tagged "high school"

You Won’t Believe What RuPaul Wore To Prom

This is a photo of RuPaul and his date at a high school prom in 1983. We're gonna guess that it was his date's prom, not his, as he was born in 1960 (which would make him, you know, 23 here). Even back then, Ru had impeccable taste -- we're loving the boots. And hi…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 4, 2013

“Science Project Gone Bad” Gets Teen Girl Expelled, Arrested, And Charged With A Felony

By all accounts, 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot was a model student at Bartow High School in Florida. She got good grades and had never been in trouble. On a recent morning before school, Wilmot mixed a couple household chemicals together in an 8-ounce water bottle that caused, according to witnesses, a small popping sound and a…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 2, 2013

Michigan High School Covers Up Sexual Assault To Protect Star Basketball Player

In yet another case of a school valuing athletic prowess over student safety and justice, a Michigan high school has just been sued by the National Women's Law Center for failing to respond to a sexual attack on school grounds--because the perpetrator happened to be a star player on the basketball team. The chilling story…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 19, 2013

Astrology 101: High School Yearbook Awards For Each Sign

It's the most hotly anticipated section of any high school yearbook: the superlatives, or "Most Likely To..." pages, where classmates laud each other for achievements ranging from amazing hair to likelihood of winning a Nobel Peace Prize. We thought it would be fun to give out some of these classic awards to each zodiac sign.

It’s Time To Cry: High School Brings Prom To Terminally Ill Student’s Hospital Room

Katelyn Norman, a 14-year-old from Tennessee, suffers from an aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Last weekend, her doctors told her "it has spread a lot, my cancer, and that it's the beginning of the end of my days." Katelyn wrote up a bucket list, which included attending her high school prom, and her school…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 29, 2013

“Dirty Girls” Shows Teenage Girls Navigating A Murky High School Wasteland

I watched this 17-minute documentary called "Dirty Girls" and my heart fell out of my chest for these girls. Shot by then-high school senior Michael Lucia in 1996, the film investigates a group of 13-year-old girls with a reputation for being "dirty" --as in unwashed and unclean. The "Dirty Girl" crew is spearheaded by two…

By: Julie Gerstein / March 11, 2013

10 Ridiculous Things That Happen At Small Town High Schools

I was listening to Pandora yesterday and randomly--so, so randomly--Garth Brooks' song "Friends In Low Places" came on. From the first few notes, I was instantly transported back to my rural high school gym, line dancing in a PE uniform and hating my life. But you know what? In that moment I also felt a…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 14, 2012

All The Famous People Who Went To Our High Schools

We got into a discussion yesterday about famous people who went to our high school -- those who we knew and those who we didn't. It got really interesting when Julie told us about an infamous member of her graduating class. Not to be all name-droppy, but here's a complete list of the most infamous/famou…

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 27, 2012

8 Strange Cases Of Adults Impersonating Teenagers

How's this for crazy --- 24-year-old Carissa Hads of Massachusetts was arrested after posing as a 17-year-old boy in order to gain the affections of a 15-year-old girl who had no idea she was actually a girl. Dye allegedly used a "an artificial flesh-colored penis" to simulate real male genitals, and wore a back brace…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 13, 2012

High School Zach Galifianakis Was Obviously A Total Dreamboat

I'm just going to put it out there: Zach Galifianakis is the man of my dreams. He's chivalrous, hilarious, aerodynamic, beautifully bearded, and friends with Tim and Eric — what more could I want in a life mate? Despite how well Zach and I obviously know each other, I never would have suspected that thi…

By: Rachel Krause / May 15, 2012

Dawn Loggins Overcomes Homelessness To Attend Harvard

Dawn Loggins spent the summer before her senior year of high school at the prestigious North Carolina Governors School, but when the summer was over, nobody from her family came to pick her up. Her troubled parents, plagued by poverty and drug abuse, had abandoned her, and Dawn was left homeless. She was forced to…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 7, 2012

Can You Name This Famous Face?

Long before they were cool musicians, most of these celebs were dorky kids just like you and me -- and we've got the proof. This selection of junior high and high school photos from some of the world's top musicians confirms that even the most jaded rockstar was probably kind of a dweeb when they…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 2, 2012

7 Things We’ve Learned About Life Since High School

In “Young Adult,” Diablo Cody’s new film opening Dec. 16, Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a divorced novelist who returns to her home in small-town Minnesota determined to rekindle a romance with her high school boyfriend. Mavis may have gotten older, but she hasn’t exactly grown up or figured out how to let go of the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2011

7 Things We’ve Learned About Love Since High School

In "Young Adult," Diablo Cody's new film opening Dec. 16, Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a divorced novelist who returns to her home in small-town Minnesota determined to rekindle a romance with her high school boyfriend. Mavis may have gotten older, but she hasn't exactly grown up or figured out  how to let go of the…

By: The Frisky / December 6, 2011

High School Football Coach Spanked For Giving Freshmen Access To Porn

There seems to be an influx in creepy football coaches, or at least in the public stepping forward to report them: An assistant coach at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut is in trubs for allegedly providing freshman players with his personal username and password for a membership-only porn site. A student reported the incident…

By: Stefanie Blejec / November 22, 2011

Buffalo High School Football Coach Pat Lynch Resigns Over “Hurt Feelings Report”

Pat Lynch, the head football coach of Buffalo High School in Wyoming, resigned recently after handing out homophobic and sexist "hurt feelings reports" to players asking them if they were a "pussy," "a queer," "a little bitch," have "woman like hormones" (sic) and a litany of other puerile options. The report reads: "We, as a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2011

Lesbians Crowned Homecoming King And Queen

Good news! High school doesn't always have to suck! Patrick Henry High School in San Diego crowned a lesbian student named Rebeca Arellano as its first homecoming king during the school pep rally and days later, Rebeca's girlfriend of two years, Haileigh Adams, was crowned homecoming queen. Rebeca was the school's first female homecoming king,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2011

Girls Wear Too Much Makeup, So UK School Removes Mirrors From Girls’ Bathrooms

Talk about an "extreme makeover": a UK high school removed mirrors from the girls' bathrooms after girls flouted the dress code rules about makeup. Shelley College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, once allowed female pupils over age 14 to wear "discreet" makeup. But "five or six girls ... the ones who wear the most makeup" continually…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2011

Today’s Lady News: 12th-Grader Kicked Out Of School For Being Lesbian

A Christian private school in West Simsbury, Connecticut called The Master's School asked rising 12th grader Rachel Aviles to leave after it found out she is a lesbian. [Think Progress] This weekend, Jezebel blogger Jenna Sauers was riding the NYC subway home early in the morning when a man across the subway platform started masturbating…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2011

How To Make It Through High School (Or Almost Anything)

You’re allowed to care about stuff. That’s the first thing. Even if you think it’s stupid or weird, like polka music or “being obsessed with mimes.” One day you will look back not at all the things that made you cool enough to fit in, but the things that didn’t. And you will love them.

By: Julie Gerstein / September 6, 2011