Friday, July 07, 2006

Slimbo-Poll: Making the Grade

What social grade were you in high school?
A: In the "in crowd."
B: Not in the "in crowd" but socially in the mix.
C: Nerd or weirdo.
D: Viciously ostracized outcast.
F: Shut-in.
For example, I was a solid C, initially a nerd, later a weirdo. Sarah was a B, generally well liked, class president, and friends with the A kids, but also friends with C kids and a little too brainy to be in-in.*

* Sarah quibbles with my analysis, stating that while she was, in fact, a B in middle school, she was an A in high school. My response is that her high school was a magnet school for the arts and heavily skewed towards "nerds and weirdos." An arts-school A generally translates to a B in any "normal" school.


  1. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Mostly a C, with some periods of Bness. Aren't class presidents automatically As?

  2. Good question. I think the answer is that it probably depends on the particular social dynamics of the school. If the presidency is just a straight popularity contest then, yes, it would be occupied by an A-lister. But, in my experience, class presidency sometimes has a subtle nerdy tinge, and is not occupied by the most popular kid, but by that nice kid that everybody likes and who may go to the cool parties but is a bit of an overachiever and takes all AP courses and studies a little too hard to be really, really cool.

  3. Anonymous1:31 PM

    Ouch, Dave. Overachiever? And in my defense, I was only class president one year and I was an especially lame one. I will accept the nerdy tinge, though, and wear it with pride.

  4. I hate to say it, because I would do it differently today, but I was mostly an "A" with some inner "B"-leanings.

    My HS was odd in that it had two very distinct "in crowds" and never the twain did meet....
    One was made up of the jocks and the cheerleaders, the other consisted of the obnoxious types of kids like Steph and Blaine from "Pretty In Pink" - you know, the ones who strangely rule the school (except for the jock crowd, to whom they would never give the time of day) even though they don't actually do anything. Except expend way too much energy on dressing well, and who drives what car, and whose parents are out of town, etc... Sadly, I was one of those... I shudder now....

    I always wondered if there weren't more, and when I got to college, despite initally joining a sorority and beginning to head down the same stupid path, I broke the cycle - I was nice to everyone, but quit hanging with the Greeks...

  5. Anonymous2:19 PM

    I was a B-lister leaning towards A. Class officer every year but junior year. On prom court, but not queen. Also nominated for homecoming court, but didn't make the top 5 run-off. Dated a football player. Also took all honors classes and joined the academic decathlon team, therefore too nerdy to be a true A-lister.
    A note on this class officer thing: my senior president was exactly as David described. And an A-lister. Although, mostly A-listers were starting football players and cheerleaders.
    Note... Nothing wrong with being an overachiever, Sarah.

  6. I started out a C at nerdly Franklin, maybe made it up to a B or B- by my senior year.

    If I'd had to go to O. Perry Walker I think I would have been an F- right up until the day I bought an assault rifle.

  7. Uh oh. Sarah, darlin', I was speaking generally (again, your case is a little too idiosyncratic to be broadly applicable). You're not an over-achiever. But the nerd-tinge is right on.

  8. Anonymous3:15 PM

    Uh oh! I'm staying out of this one. Kiddin y'all. I think I was a B-C boy. In fact, I was kind of schizoid. Though I did graduate first in my senior class, I was not a model student according to the Christian Bros. rule. Thus, I was not the valedictorian and wasn't chose to give said speech. Wow, what I could say now. Hmmmm.

  9. Well, as you can probably imagine from your studies of Resonant Dork Frequency, I was a solid C.

    The people I would be most interested in meeting at a high school reunion are the Ds, though. What became of them? I'd like to think they were ugly ducklings that have blossomed into beautiful swans with the passing of time. But I'm not so sure.

  10. Anonymous6:09 PM


    I was in the honor classes with the cool honors kids. B.

    Then I played football. A.

    Then I broke my neck playing football. F

    Then I joined the band. C.

    Then I was a national merit scholar. D.

    So by then, all my friends were bando potheads with high SAT scores. You figure it out.

  11. Mostly a B. I was a people pleaser. But I did date the star of the basketball team. A by association maybe?

    I was class pres my senior year. But that's not that big of a deal when you know that there were only 26 kids in my class - and 95% of us had known each other since we were 4 - and I didn't really do anything other than pick the music we played at graduation. Which sucked by the way. I had no taste back then.

  12. ok:

    -"A" in 8th, which was part of the high-school in Maine.
    -A shut in in ninth.


    -10th, hung out with everyone
    -Ostracized in 11th, due to the need to obtain a restraining order against a phsychopath of whom everyone was deathly afraid (really)
    -12th, succombed to the nerd/weirdo that I really am. I only made it into the fringes of the other crowds because I was a jock. But I was a Goth-Jock, and people eventually caught on. Especially since I spent two years in the political affairs, benevolence society, math , french and environmentally concerned order clubs.

    Oh, but I hid it well with my basketball-chic.

    dufax (looks like dufus)

  13. Anonymous3:51 AM

    i was an E, clearly.

  14. Anonymous8:58 PM

    Sorry I'm late but I have an important contribution to make. I was class president freshman year, since elections were in the first two weeks of school and it took three weeks for my evident C status to be clear. So: class presidency=compatible with C!

  15. Anonymous12:12 PM

    looking back, i'd say i waffled between D/F in high school. hey, i like your blog very much - found a link via Lee's (Carolina On My Mind). your lil' Skeleton Joe is just nutty.