40 Things Everyone Who Attended Yorkville High School Knows To Be True
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40 Things Everyone Who Attended Yorkville High School Knows To Be True

Long live the truck row and the memories made on Gamefarm Road.

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40 Things Everyone Who Attended Yorkville High School Knows To Be True
Alyssa Damato

No memories compare to the one's made in the dirty 630. Whether it be the legendary truck row, the teachers who changed your life, or the view of horses during a 7 hour school day, there will always be characteristics that make that small school on Gamefarm road one of a kind. Here are 40 things that will ring a bell in every YHS alum's head.

1. With the way people dressed, you'd think we were in the South.

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The hallways weren't empty, half of the students were just blending in with their surroundings (gotta love 'em, though).

2. There's a casual view of the local horse farm from the classroom windows.

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Because what better view to keep you feeling lively during a 7 hour school day?

3. You've had to explain that the football field is not at the high school way too many times.

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Yes, we have a football field. No, it's not at our high school. Yes, that tiny building across the street used to be the high school. Get over it.

4. You were basically a freshman twice because of the academy.

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Your first day of sophomore year was basically your first day of high school and your first time being surrounded by upperclassmen. Your whole first year of high school was just one big practice round.

5. Almost all of the p.e. teachers were people that you could envision yourself being best friends with outside of school.

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Not only were they all young and relatable, but they offered the best life advice and constant motivation. We truly were lucky to have gym teachers who doubled as support systems.

6. Nothing was more tragic than when powderpuff became a school sponsored event.

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It was so much better when the students were in control and powderpuff was basically a giant cat fight.

7. Senior prank day entailed getting stuck in a line of tractors on your way to school.

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Even if you were a senior, it was still an inconvenience to you.

8. It didn't matter what year it was or who was in high school, there was ALWAYS the truck row.

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Not to mention, everyone knew not to park in that row because it was claimed territory.

9. Many of your favorite varsity athletes have gone on to become self-made rappers.

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So your football career didn't work out?

10. Outdoor ed was the envy of all other p.e. students.

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Even the kids who were pumping iron with Chatman were low key jealous of the fishing trips, forest adventures and snowball fights that occurred. Not to mention, hanging with Alvin wasn't too shabby.

11. Sporting events would be nothing without the rowdies.

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Shoutout to the rowdies of Yorkville's past for always starting beef with opposing teams but always having the best comebacks to any responses.

12. You raged it up at Gaslight Manor for prom when other schools went to Chicago.

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Gaslight Manor taught you to appreciate something while also being extremely jealous of the alternatives.

13. You would beg and plead your access teacher for a pass to Tercs' room on a daily basis.

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You would either be there or be square.

14. Pizza hut was always lit after football games.

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Even if the pizza wasn't the best, the company was. There was no greater feeling of community than gathering at Pizza Hut after a football W.

15. Mr. Robbin's 'stache was legendary during no shave November.

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The man. The myth. The legend.

16. You always wondered what kind of steroids Kaneland was on.

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Ok, but seriously how were they so good at football?

17. The morning announcements always ended with, "stay classy, YHS".

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Were they trying to send us a message here? I guess we'll never know.

18. Bringing home the fake baby was always an interesting experience.

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Going to the local Target and receiving stares while walking around with your baby in the carrier was nothing short of a good time.

19. Circle K slushies were an after school must.

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Making it through another day of high school was always an excuse to treat yoself.

20. Everyone and their mothers were at Panera on half days.

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Panera was the place to be if you wanted to leave school just to run into every single student and staff member of YHS while enjoying an exceptional bowl of soup.

21. Every time you revisit the high school, it becomes more unrecognizable.

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The never ending construction is finally seeming to make a difference.

22. Frolfing was the OG version of "guys being dudes".

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If you were a bro, you were probably frolfing with your friends in your free time and in addition to that, you had to let everyone know that you went frolfing.

23. Yorkville Loyalty will be stuck in your head until the day you die.

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Three cheers for Yorkville, Yorkville will win. Fight to the finish, never give in, RAH RAH RAH. You'll do your best, boys, we'll do the rest, boys. Fight for a victory, RAH RAH.

24. The Calders were the ultimate couple goals.

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Not only were they both amazing individuals, but seeing them walk into school together always made your heart melt a little.

25. You've never sweat as much as you did on the bus to NIU for graduation.

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The gym at YHS was considered a fire hazard for all of the people who would attend graduation. However, the gym catching on fire still probably wouldn't have been as warm as the over-crowded buses that drove us to the NIU Convention Center.

26. You felt like you were under FBI watch every time you had to go out to your car during lunch.

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But honestly it was smart of the school to make someone watch you like a hawk, otherwise, you probably would have gotten in your car and went home.

27. Muck Forris

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Enough said.

28. Hometown Days was basically an invasion of Oswego girls who liked Yorkville boys.

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Not sure what it was, but something about OHS kids always screamed thirsty.

29. "Reading a book" in access really meant pretending to observe your assignment notebook every time your teacher walked by.

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Or of course, there was always the option to pick up a handy dandy copy of National Geographic that the teachers always conveniently had stacks on stacks of.

30. The most epic moment at basketball games was when the head rowdie would split the Red Sea of students.

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We went all out with red outs.

31. You woke up on homecoming morning with a car full of bread.

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Because why TP people's property when you can throw soggy bread all over everything?

32. You always were curious as to if there was a correlation between the Fox River and the school mascot.

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Coincidence? I think not!

33. You'll always wonder what it is that the fox says.

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Even as Foxes, we never knew the answer to this question.

34. The entire student body worked at Raging Waves over the summer.

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Your life was in the hands of your classmates.

35. Muck Forris

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Can't stress this one enough.

36. Having to travel to the middle school for events that required an auditorium

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37. Being able to easily distinguish middle schoolers at football games

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Why pay attention to the game when you can stand behind the bleachers and socialize before your mom comes to pick you up?

38. The biggest talk was about what the Wicklund's would name their baby.

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Whatever happened to them by the way?

39. It took half an hour just to get out of the school parking lot.

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Gamefarm Road or the Kennedy? Same thing.

40. Once a fox, always a fox.

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No matter where you are in life, you will always have undeniable fox pride.

Y-O-R-K-V-I-L-L-E, YORKVILLE! Out of the many characteristics of Yorkville High School, the one thing that is consistent amongst every alum is that it is a part of us for life. No matter how bad you wanted to graduate and never look back, you will always feel a sense of nostalgia and comfort when you drive past that school on Gamefarm Road that brought you to where you are now. No matter how boring Yorkville felt at times, it will always feel like home. You grew up with the same people your entire life and they have inevitably shaped you into who you are today. The big red machine wouldn't have been complete without you. No matter where you are now, never forget where you came from, District 115.

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