High school reunions

I was on the planning committee for our 10th. The planning was more fun than the reunion. The last one was a three-day event. I chose to only go to the dinner on the last day.
I dont plan on going to my 10. I lost touch with everyone for a reason. I may go to my 20 or 25 just for giggles. I do want to see everyone else get old while I stay young and fabulous!
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My 20 year is coming up in a couple of months. I've been talking to my friends from hs that I'm still in contact with and none of us really want to go. There are a few people I wouldn't mind seeing but it's being held at Dave and Busters. It's $50 for appetizers, coffe, tea, and soda. NO OPEN BAR!!!! They are planning a girls night only (all girls school) the night before which I think I'm going to attend and skip D&B. The funny part is that we're hoping some friends we knew after high school are going to be at the bar moreso then anyone from hs.
My 10 year was just this summer and I didn't go. I didn't have a bad experience, but I just didn't feel the need to go and spend a lot of money to see people that I really didn't like while in high school. Plane tickets, rental car, clothes, hair, it all adds up. I spent the money that I would have used to go to my reunion and did something else and I was happy with that decision. My mom was upset with me for not going (she teaches at the high school that I went to) but I did what made me happy.
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I went to my 10 - it was horribly planned.
I didn't have a bad experience, but I just didn't feel the need to go and spend a lot of money to see people that I really didn't like while in high school
ITA, and ITA.

For our 10th, the same 'popular' crew that ruled HS planned the reunion. They planned an entire week. Some nights were for this, one night was for "family" where you could bring the kids, other nights were for that. It made absolutely no sense to me. WHERE were you supposed to leave the kids for the 'non-family' activities?

I went to one of those "Find your classmates" websites and the same small group that was awarded all the special rewards at class assemblies and got all the class presidencies in HS were on all there, still talking only to each other and joking in code. Thanks, but no thanks.

P.S. Upon further reflection, I highly doubt that ANYbody would recognize me, as I look absolutely nothing like I did in HS, having been a tiny, bespectacled, mute geek. I'm from a very small town and I see tons of my former classmates regularly. Of all the people I've seen from H.S. over the years, I'd say only one recognized me on sight.

P.P.S. This isn't to say I haven't had fantasies of making a grand entrance in full makeup in a clinging gown with a plunging neckline, with a "Hello, my name is _______" sticker because I know nobody'd recognize me. I'll just say that looking like a 4th grader in HS definitely has it's benefits in later years LOLOLOL....

Last edited by sinistral55; 09-04-2008 at 12:32 PM.
My 10 year was just this summer and I didn't go. I didn't have a bad experience, but I just didn't feel the need to go and spend a lot of money to see people that I really didn't like while in high school. Plane tickets, rental car, clothes, hair, it all adds up. I spent the money that I would have used to go to my reunion and did something else and I was happy with that decision. My mom was upset with me for not going (she teaches at the high school that I went to) but I did what made me happy.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
ITA with the bolded. I did have a bad experience in hs (don't know if I said that already, apologize if I did) and like you, I'd rather take that money and take myself to a spa or something. Maybe I'll go to the 20, we'll see.

To put it in perspective a year or more ago I was at a local dance club/bar and a guy came up and started talking and flirting with me. At the time I didn't know, but he happened to be friends with one of the "popular" girls I went to hs with. When he walked back over to them she said "why were you talking to HER, she was such a dork in hs." We'd been out for like 6 years and she still has the audacity to say that about me? I was peeved, but considering the kind of person she is/was I didn't expect anything different.
I went to my 10 year reunion and enjoyed it. I wasn't a popular kid, but I had some friends. What I liked...I know it sounds catty...but I liked the fact that we "regular joes" had such a blast dancing and cracking up, and the then "popular" kids looked bored.
My 20 year reunion should be next summer...ack! Already!? NOOOOOO!!!!
I'm a late bloomer...I just got married last year and am trying to get pregnant, so I don't know if I'll be able to go to the 20 year one, but if I do...I know I'll have a lot of fun.

Many people looked pretty much the same, but some really surprised me...they changed a lot. Some of the "geeky" kids turned out to be successful, good looking men. Yay for geeks!!!
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Amandacurls, when you talked about your experience about the girl calling you a dork at the night club, it reminded me of something.
My best friend was kind of "dorkish" in high school...it's okay, because I was a total dork. Anyways, both of us are no longer dorks...Okay, maybe I still am a little....LOL

Anyways, my friend wanted to help coordinate the reunion...and she overhead one of the popular girls say, "Oh no, not Shannon!" Luckily, the other popular girl that was coordinating it wasn't so catty and had no problem with my friend helping out. My friend was offended by that comment, but then realized that her life was so much better now and that it was sad for that one girl to still be like that. My friend helped coordinate a great reunion!!! Kudos to us dorks!!!
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I went to my 5th and 10th and had a great time. I got to talk to people I hardly knew at all in high school (in our school, you picked a focus and could further specilize so I was in humanities, meaning I didn't have a lot of classes with someone in the sciences, so our paths hardly ever crossed) and some of them were living near me, so that was cool...I had new people to hang out with.

I was really surprised by the handfull of people who apparently showed up just to talk about how stupid it all was and how dumb everyone was in high school and how these people STILL wouldn't give them the time of day. Well, perhaps if you weren't smirking at them and talking behind your hand, they might say hi.

Edited - I just read some of the other posts. I'm not making a dig at everyone who hated high school. It's just weird to me that people show up and either a. complain that no one would talk to them (while they were giving dirty looks) or b. complain that "those stuck up *****es" tried to talk to me. Don't go if you're just going to be miserable, it's not worth it.

Last edited by CGNYC; 09-04-2008 at 03:04 PM.
I skipped my 10th because it was too expensive and we were going through a really bad time. About 5 months later I ran into one of my former classmates and she was incredibly rude. Called me fat in a round about way, which I didn't even get for a week. She claimed to be a model getting ready for a movie. I bit my tongue and didn't rudely ask if it was XXX.
She tried pulling the same crap with my sister a little while later and my sis shut her down. I wish I could have seen it.

I went to my 20th, sort of. There's a tradition of an informal bar meet-n-greet at a specific bar in town. My husband and I went to that, ran into some people but no one I was friends with during school. I went because I was curious about some classmates, but didn't get to talk to one of them. Found out I had a stalker in high school. While the guy was talking to me my husband was whispering funny things in my ear.
They had a picnic for the families on a Sunday but it was about 100 that day so halfway there I decided to skip it and took my kids to McDs instead.
I inadvertantly insulted 2 classmates trying to tell the story of that one classmate. They misunderstood me and I wish I could explain myself.
I'll decide when the time comes if I'm going to my 25th or 30th.
My dad said at the 10th everyone is busy trying to prove they're not what they were in high school, or for the popular kids, still like they were in high school. By the 20th most of them have changed enough to be actual humans.
I went as a guest to a friend's 10th and had a blast. One of her friends had married one of my chemistry classmates so that was interesting.
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My school also has a cool tradition of classes crashing each other's reunions. So your jrs and srs are likely to turn up, or at least a lot of them. Or if someone's brother was five classes ahead of you, he and some of his friends might decide to come and they'll call friends from other years and then you'll finally have a face to put with that "got sent to the ER for alcohol poisining the very first weekend" story.

We have a very tight alumni group. One year I had seven or eight friends from my class staying for NYE and by the time it was over, there were about 50 of us from various classes and people tend to stay in touch. I have introduced myself to people in parking lots because I saw their bumper sticker or noticed their ring. I've only had one bad experience and that was last year. I met a current senior who was a *****, but I met her mother at the same time and she couldn't tell us fast enough how all her kids were "almost TOO gifted" and then she shared their various scores, so I'm guessing the *****y apple doesn't fall too far from the *****y tree.
I didn't know about the 10th, and chose not to go to the 20th because it was held at 5pm on the Saturday after Labor Day weekend. Not a good weekend for me. First soccer games for each of my kids, not to mention all three of us recovering from the first week of school. I had a blast the year before at DH's 20th. My best friend (as an adult) was in his class,(nope, they weren't friends then) so we sat with her and her husband. He and I had fun watching the goings on as outsiders. It was so clear who had been a "popular kid" and thought they still were! One thing they should have done was give the "guests" or dates a different kind of nametag. I had several people ask me what classes I had taken, what teachers I had, and one very embarrassed woman who said, "I'm really sorry, I just don't remember you."

Last edited by KurlyKae; 09-04-2008 at 06:09 PM.
You didn't have to wear the little name tag with your high school picture on it? Lucky you!

I couldn't find mine at the check in table because my goofball friend Bryan was wearing it. All weekend. Luckily no one changes THAT much in ten years.
I didn't go to my 10 year. Had I been in town, I would have gone. I am in my hometown now, so I see the people I most care about. However, I went to a high school where we were all super smart, and my class didn't have that popular/unpopular cliqueish thing going, at least not that I ever saw. I got along with just about everyone in my class - it was pretty much heaven after going to a VERY clique-ish elementary school and junior high.

We didn't have an official reunion, or any kind of funding, so information about it kind of spread by word of mouth, and it was pretty small and informal, upstairs at a college bar. Several people I'd love to catch up with but I haven't seen since high school went. It would be more important for me to go if I were seeing someone, because I would want him to see the kind of cool people I went to school with. The guys were very dorky in general, but still good guys, and that was a lot more important - even if I mainly dated outside my school!

I go to all my college reunions. I'm on the other side of the country from my school, and my friends are scattered across a few continents. Most of the people I miss most from college go, and it's a great chance to get to spend time with people I love!
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Our 10 year is coming up in '10. I'm considering it if my HS best friend goes, because she moved down south so it'd be a handy way to see her and my family at the same time.

The same people still hang out in the same groups, and I didn't really get along with any of them. So I have a feeling my presence at a reunion would just be baffling to everyone involved. Kinda like Janeane Garofalo in "Romy & Michele's High School Reunion."
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I graduated 5 years ago. We didn't have a 5 year reunion. I think I might want to go to my 10 year, but I'm not sure yet. All of my friends have Facebook and Myspace, so I guess I keep up with them that way.

My grandma and grandpa went to their 50th reunion! They said they had a blast. It does bring back bad memories for me though because my grandma died suddenly of a heart attack only a few days later.
My 5 year reunion was a blast. 10 year was boring but it was fun to see how great all the women looked and how old all the guys were looking already. I skipped 20, 25 and 30. Don't know what I'll do for 35 or 40. I would like to see some old friends, but it's been so long I'm afraid it would be hard to reconnect. I keep up with only 2 of my HS friends (just thru Christmas cards). I haven't lived in the area since I graduated so I never "bump into" any of them.
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You didn't have to wear the little name tag with your high school picture on it? Lucky you!

I couldn't find mine at the check in table because my goofball friend Bryan was wearing it. All weekend. Luckily no one changes THAT much in ten years.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
No, I was a little surprised they didn't do that. I could see DH doing just what your friend did, just to mess with people's heads.

Forgot to say that #25 is next year, but I guess I won't be able to attend since we've moved 3000 miles away, unless it happens to be the week we go back for a visit, what's the chance of that?
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I didn't go to my 10 year. I see everyone all the time. It's hard not to with a graduating class of 5.
I didn't go to my 10th or 20th reunion but did finally go my 30th. It was a blast! The event was well planned and held at a lovely hotel.

Even people I didn't really hangout with came over to chat, eat, and dance. Everyone was really nice to each other. 3 hours flashed by like 3 minutes.

It was funny...most of the women looked about the same, some heavier. But most of the men really changed, many were bald. I had a harder time recognizing the men than the women, and really had to stare at their tags.

There were many classmates that I so hoped would show up (like my class crushes) but didn't. That disappointed me the most, along with finding out how many of my classmates had already passed away.

There was also a informal picnic at a local park the next day. Some people who for whatever reason didn't attend the fancy reunion, attended the picnic. So if your committee is organizing something like that you may want to go instead (or as well).
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