11 Signs You Went To A Catholic High School

11 Signs You Went To A Catholic High School

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Everyone remembers high school in a different way. For some, high school was four years you love remembering and wish you could go back to, while for others, it is years you would rather forget. No matter how you feel, though, there are for sure memories of where you went to high school that will always remain with you. This is likely true if you had the experience of attending a Catholic school, where everything is just a little different, and, in my opinion, a little more special. Here are 11 signs you went to a Catholic high school:

1) You miss wearing a uniform.

You might have complained about it then, but now that you have to pick out something different to wear everyday, you realize just how good getting to wake up every morning and put on the same thing every day was.

2) You knew every single person in your grade.

It was impossible not to.

3) Well, actually, you knew everyone in the whole school, for that matter.

The amount of students in your entire school made up one class in one of the local public high schools.

4) You loved nearly every single one of your teachers.

They made you not mind going to class.

5) It felt weird when you didn’t say prayers at the beginning of your first college class.

It was a sad moment when you realized you would never hear, “Please stand for the prayer and pledge,” again.

6) Whenever you traveled to another school for sports, you wondered how people even found their way around in public school because of how much bigger it was than your school.

Seriously, how did anyone maneuver around more than four hallways?

7) You knew at least five or six people in your class from when you were 5 because you went to the same Catholic elementary school.

You are still friends with them today—how could you not be after twelve years of school together?

8) Your whole school went to Mass at least every other Friday.

That’s not including every Holy Day and half day.

9) You learned the value of doing community service.

You did it to meet your community service hours then, but now you help out in your community because you enjoy it.

10) You were involved in everything because you could be.

From sports, to music, to clubs, you had the opportunity to do everything because of the smaller environment.

11) You would not trade your high school experience for anything.

Even if you do not want to admit it, you loved everything about your school.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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