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The past makes us what we are today and high school is a major factor in one's past. What was the demographic make up of your school and your thoughts about it?

I grew up in an environment similar to Beaver Cleaver with one brother and a stay at home mom in middle class suburbia. The neighborhood was somewhat fragmented regarding school as there were a lot of catholics and many of them attended parochial school.

We had close to 1,400 in my graduating class (all white) in a three-year high school which is too many. It made it so that many could not participate in events like athletics due to the volume of competition.

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sugarnspice005

Jun 16 @ 10:52AM  
School I went to had if I were to take a guess at it...would have been at the time, 80% white students with about 12% Hispanic and 8% black. The neighborhood I grew up in was white...actually, today, it still is. But, just a couple of blocks up the road there were a lot of Hispanic families, middle class like my own family.

Most of us had Moms who stayed home while Dad's went to work in the auto factories..GM was/still is the major auto factory in this area. I don't know the number of my graduating class...wasn't near 1,400 I can say that much. Bridgeport is a small town/village here in Michigan. If I were to take a guess at the size of my graduating class I would say maybe 200 to 300 if that.
soft_touch938

Jun 16 @ 10:58AM  
I can top you both. Although it was a Beaver Cleaver lifestyle, my school was so small they couldn't put a cafeteria in it so they revamped a building a block away into a cafeteria.

The class ahead of me was so small that when I was in fifth grade and our class was the biggest in school...all of around....36....they split us up and put half of us with the sixth grade which was maybe 15 kids. That class of 15, when they graduated had dwindled down to...7

Our gym was a separate building and all the surrounding schools called it the Matchbox.
Sunshine79

Jun 16 @ 11:06AM  
I went to High School in the ghetto. Here are actual demographics for ya.

9th Grade - 794 Students


10th Grade - 652 Students


11th Grade - 510 Students


12th Grade - 394 Students

Latino - 9.5%


White - 4.0%


Black - 83.2%


Asian - 2.0%


Native American - 0.6%

So, needless to say, I was pretty much the only white girl.
flavorbuster

Jun 16 @ 11:55AM  
Before my parents relocated the family to a small town where the school was like a big jar of a variety of flavors, shades of color .... ethnic backgrounds the prior school majority was white & not because of being a ritzy neighborhood or area, that's just the way it was but now to see a cracker there would be a miracle. What was strange is to find a mixture of people in a one horse, in East Texas, which seemed like redneckville, & in the city where I lived you only saw white people as a majority up until 1982. Nowadays it would be a rarity to find one type of species in an area.
theSkwirl

Jun 16 @ 1:01PM  
Hmmm.. skin color..

90% white
5% Native American
2% Hispanic
1% Black
1% unknown .. coulda been aliens.

Then I moved to Sacramento.. and from there on I stayed stoned so I have no clue.
soft_touch938

Jun 16 @ 1:27PM  
Oh...we were 100% white....no other races at all...unless ya call hillbillies a race....ok ok...calm down...just kiddin'...
Wordsofwit

Jun 16 @ 1:56PM  
That got me to thinking. I have to correct myself. We did have one girl who was an exchange student from Columbia.
lunanegra

Jun 16 @ 4:34PM  
1st HS of mines, mostly black, but managed to be quite diverse thanks to the magnet programs (ex culinary arts) and International Baccalaureate.

2nd HS of mines, middle and upper middle class whites. Due to zoning issues, where I stayed we were was bussed across town instead of just down the way to my old HS.
StraddleMyNose

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Jun 16 @ 4:39PM  
I'm only going to give numbers from my high school years.

It had roughly 400 students in the high school, and all white.
Wordsofwit

Jun 16 @ 7:21PM  
I think I would have participated more and enjoyed high school more if I wasn't so much lost in the crowd. But I found my niche and all was cool even though it didn't have anything to do with on campus activities. My life became what it was and grew roots into what what my life would become.

What my life was in its infancy in high school, led me to be what I became. In hindsight, I pretty much liked the journey. I have had a very rich rewarding life, professionally and personally. I will admit that the last decade has been lacking on the personal level, but professionally it is oh so cool as I have never had a position I enjoy more than the one I enjoy now and my dear old dad is of proud of the kid.

There is a refrain from an old Rolling Stone's song that I think fits many people including myself: "You can't always get what you want. But if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need."

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