Well they’re all expecting me to write this since I was talking about it so here it is. I attended my 30 year high school reunion today. We all look a little bit older, but we all seem to finally have found our places in life. Well, actually this is the first time I think we looked like we’ve aged. 20 year reunion we all still had our High School faces, but now there’s a few lines and a few pounds added, but we’re still all in good shape I think.
I graduated from George Washington High School in 1980 and while I’ve kept in contact with a few of my friends it wasn’t until facebook made it easier to find them that we came together again. One of the odd things about that time period was that if you were going to Washington for High School you probably went to Presidio Junior High, except that since Presidio was having renovations you ended up being sent to A. P. Gianinni Junior High which is where my connection to a lot of my friend I met today came in.
I wasn’t in the Richmond District, so unlike today I was supposed to go to the high school closest to me and the Junior High as well. Most of us at the somewhat small get together first met at Gianinni Junior High and in a few cases that’s what we remembered the most. I wasn’t too big on school most of the time. I think it was because I spent so much time taking classes at the Academy of Sciences that what they were teaching in High School I had done back when I was twelve, except maybe for English. I spoke English very well so why would I need to bother learning English when I knew it already?
Needless to say, I didn’t get much from High School and managed to graduate with a 1.0 GPA which was fine for 1980. 1981 I wouldn’t have gotten my diploma and it took me until my college graduation with a 3.9 GPA that my parents finally understood that High School and I didn’t mix very well. I still had fun though. It wasn’t always a beer and skittle time in High School, but I still had fun even if it was mostly a beer time with very few skittles.
But going back to the reunion we went through the usual round of questions to catch up:
- Are you married?
- For how long?
- So what are you doing now?
- What did you do after high school?
The usual stuff and the answers were kind of interesting. I honestly was a little surprised that everyone remembered me. I wasn’t elected the best at anything in my 1980 year book, but at least those who remembered me remembered as the funny smart guy. I think I’m OK with that.