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Where did the “popular” kids from your high school end up in life?

socaldad2002socaldad2002 1443 replies29 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
I thought it would be an interesting topic to find out where some of the “popular” kids ended up in their adulthood.

Class of 1986:

Senior Class President - attended Stanford on a soccer scholarship and is now a successful wealth management executive.

The Player - studied business and joined a fraternity at San Diego State. Is now a bond trader.

The Cheerleader - after college at a UC, became an audit partner at a Big 4 accounting firm.

The Jock - played running back on our awful football team and is now helping run his dad’s construction business.

“Most likely to succeed” - attended Berkeley, got into politics, worked with a well-known senator, and has had various high-level government jobs, positions.

The Surfer - bright but unmotivated son of two doctors. Dropped out of college and was working at a surf shop last I heard.

The Partier - had an affinity for cocaine and after HS, worked at a resort as a dive instructor, was apparently dealing drugs and drowned mysteriously in the Mediterranean.

Overall, I think our class has done pretty well in life so far. Many are married with kids and a surprising number have come back to live in the city we grew up in.

Anyone else?
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  • CheeringsectionCheeringsection 2463 replies75 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 14
    The cheerleader and class cheat - Became an elementary school teacher (in the district we grew up in!)

    Valedictorian and class president - last I knew had a nervous breakdown in college over grades and had not graduated

    Partier - became the elected county sheriff

    Class president year before me - Principal and the Superintendent of the school district

    Best female athlete - graduated college, got married and helps to run the large family farm operation her in-laws started one town over

    I do not know much else because I have never been to a class reunion even though I live in the same state. My parents pass news along though.

    edited September 14
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  • wis75wis75 14074 replies62 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Did any get advanced degrees?
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 840 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    edited September 14
    My class president is a lawyer, school principle, and adjunct law professor. The valedictorian works for the United Nations. Most likely to succeed is an assistant district attorney. Most popular girls are a business owner, pharmacist, and owner of a wedding business. The main jocks now work at colleges (2) and one went into the military. I went to an all-girls public school.
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  • lkg4answerslkg4answers 1643 replies194 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Most of our class was very successful as well, including the school bimbo who married a sugar daddy 50 years older than she and now has a private jet, yacht, etc.... Karma fail ; )

    That is absolutely HILARIOUS!
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38451 replies2107 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    The jock who I THOUGHT would end up pumping gas actually got drafted as a Major League Baseball player and got a multi-million dollar contract. He was on a World Series champion team. Another jock played for the Red Sox and didn't do great in the 1986 World Series.

    The cheerleader, a real "mean girl," had a special needs child and did a lot of advocacy work.

    I was val and you know where I ended up, ha.
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 840 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    doschicos wrote: »
    Am I the only one without a clue? I don't even remember their names and would have to dig out an old yearbook.

    My high school was really small and most of us are still Facebook friends, even though many of us have moved away.

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  • PetraMCPetraMC 775 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    I went to a lower income rural high school and some of the stories are pretty sad. A lot of the kids who "got out" were the awkward ones or the nobodies in HS.
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  • maya54maya54 2151 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 14
    Lol. Let’s just say one of the popular kids is now at the forefront of a scandal which CC is VERY interested in. Sorry to say for those who love some good schadenfreude that he was a nice guy growing up. I’m sure you all know who I mean.

    The rest that I’m aware of are now all pretty successful doctors lawyers and business people.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 21145 replies219 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    maya54 wrote: »
    Lol. Let’s just say one of the popular kids is now at the forefront of a scandal which CC is VERY interested in. Sorry to say for those who love some good schadenfreude that he was a nice guy growing up. I’m sure you all know who I mean.


    Actually, I don't. I can think of several scandals. :)
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  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom 5253 replies240 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 14
    Class of 1976:

    Most Talented / Most Likely to Succeed — I’m retired. ;)

    Most Athletic — My best friend, who was also my freshman college roommate, earned her PhD and became head of toxicology at Avon and, later, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. She is now retired, too, and married to the Chancellor of Rutgers University.

    Pretty much everyone I knew and still keep in contact with from HS has done very, very well. We were a tight class (as tight as 650+ can be) as ours was the first to complete all three years at the brand new high school (we determined the schools colors/mascot, wrote the school song, came up with the school motto, etc.), a public in a small Downriver Detroit town.

    ETA: My brother was a top gymnast and President of his class at that HS two years later. Our school still holds an informal picnic-style combined reunion in town every year for all of those early classes. I go when I can, and it is always well-attended. We love our HS though it no longer exists under its original name as the (now) city combined all remaining high schools into our old location due to dwindling enrollment. :(
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  • kiddiekiddie 3409 replies216 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    HS Class of 77

    The Val has a law degree, an MLS, and an MFA. She is now an artist.

    The captain of the football team was murdered in a road rage incident in NYC many years ago.




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  • maya54maya54 2151 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @doschicos. Rick Singer
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 931 replies12 threadsRegistered User Member
    No clue - never thought to find out. I’d have to look at my yearbook to even remember names of more than maybe 10 classmates. Perhaps due to my personal/family situation, I closed the book on my pre-college life pretty much as soon as I started college.
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  • PetraMCPetraMC 775 replies5 threadsRegistered User Member
    @maya54 Did you listen to the Gangster Capitalism podcast(s) about him? It went fairly extensively into Singer's background. I think you'd have to be a pretty personable guy to pull off what he did so it's not surprising that people liked him.
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1232 replies2 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am Facebook friends with a lot of high school people, but really can’t remember who was what! And I graduated with only about 65 kids in upstate NY.
    The girl who I think was Val went to Cornell and is now a doctor in ND. Sadly, the partier, who was a great guy, passed away from cancer several years ago. My best friend (who my mom hated and I drifted from before graduation) became a drug addicted stripper, but is now recovered and happily married.
    The vast majority have stayed local and work various jobs - construction, super market, etc...
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  • mstompermstomper 1023 replies40 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Our class president got a teacher pregnant and ended up marrying her. Thirty something years later, they're still married. He's a newscaster in a fairly large market (I won't say where, because if you live there you've probably heard of him. I didn't like the guy, but I respect his privacy.)

    The top athlete, who played football at a top Division I school, became a police officer and was killed in the line of duty in his early/mid twenties. He always seemed like a good guy, and it was sad to see his life end like that.

    The valedictorian was my best friend (so much for being influenced by one's peers) and is now a professor/researcher at a major university. His wife is a minister and officiated my wedding.

    Don't know about any of the cheerleaders. I'm friends with several of the popular kids on Facebook even though I was the class nonconformist. They seem like decent people for the most part.
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  • techmom99techmom99 3456 replies6 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I really have no idea. I attended two high schools and don't know about anyone. The most important person I graduated with is a top level judge in my jurisdiction. I'm not on FB or Linked In.

    The best friend/wanted fugitive is kind of interesting...
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