Who doesn’t remember drinking milk with their pizza or burgers in the cafeteria? When you’re in high school, you don’t question a lot of the things that happen around you. It’s only when you leave that you start to realize what a weird place it really was! Some of the things are a bit peculiar, while others are positively bizarre.

Bored Panda has collected some of the best examples of weird school things, so scroll down to see exactly what we mean. For those of you still in high school, maybe this list will open up your eyes to all the weirdness. Remember to upvote your faves and leave a comment about other weird high school things you’ve noticed, dear Pandas!

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Jill
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5 months ago

Burn!

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Love My Dogs
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5 months ago

I had to do square dancing in 4th grade with a boy and the teachers wouldn't let us bring wipes or gloves. This was the time when cooties was a thing. It was gross.

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Carrie de Luka
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5 months ago

No idea what a 'jeopardy review game' is.

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It’s not just former students who think that high school is incredibly strange—some teachers are flabbergasted, too. For example, Michael De Main has been teaching in secondary schools for 16 years and he thinks that a lot of teachers accept things that are downright weird.

In Michael’s opinion, it’s bizarre that different high schools can choose to start and end classes at different times. So while one school might open at 8 AM, another might decide to start classes 15 minutes later. The same weirdness extends to periods that can last for 40, 50, or even 75 minutes, depending on school policy. Don’t even get us started on how breaks are not the same length, either.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

If we started packing up before the teacher asked us to we would have to stay back after the bell went for about 2 mins or so.

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Martha Meyer
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5 months ago

Erm, no? Ww had gym clothes and showers.

jamie1707
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5 months ago

in 4th grade?

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
5 months ago

Who expects a kid that age to run a mile in 5 minutes?!

Missy Barton
Community Member
5 months ago

The American Public School System

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-zawarudo-
Community Member
5 months ago

We didn’t—but I do remember it was pajama day in elementary and we had to do the pacer tests

Ljdia
Community Member
5 months ago

Fun school!! (Pajama day XD)

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Sarah Hulett
Community Member
5 months ago

Uhhh you did a 5 minute mile in 4th grade??

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

This is a marker of rich versus poor, be that neighbourhoods, private vs public schools, or, indeed, between countries. I grew up in a country where it was unthinkable not to shower after gym class and my son grew up in a country where not even gym clothes is something one changes into for physical education.

Lyra Rey
Community Member
5 months ago

I went to school in a very affluent district and we never changed for gym in elementary school. In high school we changed and showers were available but nobody used them. There wasn't time.

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Ben Smith
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5 months ago

I’d barely ever crack 9 minutes.

Seabeast
Community Member
5 months ago

I did a 6.5 minute mile as an adult and fairly serious runner. At age nine? Not a chance.

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Blarrg
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5 months ago

I imagine that there are 9-year-olds who can run a 5 minute mile in street clothes, but have to think they're pretty rare. Pretty cool that you got to go to elementary school with a whole class of them...

CatWoman312
Community Member
5 months ago

I’ve never done a mile in 5 minutes

Seabeast
Community Member
5 months ago

You ran a five minute mile in grade four?! What were you, about age 9? Are you sure that wasn't a kilometre?

Lyra Rey
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't remember ever running a mile in elementary school in the 90s, but I do remember wearing my regular clothes for gym and then going straight to my next thing without changing.

Kristina Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah I think the mile run started in middle school.

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Michael Amato
Community Member
4 weeks ago

No we wore gym clothes and changed back before next class but still sweaty from the run

avery31415
Community Member
2 months ago

5-minute mile??? I wish. More like 11 minutes...

Ashley Conover
Community Member
4 months ago

Gym clothes came during 6th.

Ashley Conover
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

Is that a home school situation? I don't think any school ever did that. Even if you didn't take a shower, it was mandatory to change clothes.

V
Community Member
5 months ago

In my elementary days PE is scheduled last

Mommyofboth
Community Member
5 months ago

This is still a thing for my daughter who is in second grade. They wear gym clothes and tennis shoes to school on assigned days. They don't get showers or a change of clothes.

Ximenna Jimenez
Community Member
5 months ago

True XD

Nora H.
Community Member
5 months ago

We had gym clothes and showers. Also, we were boys and girls together until the age of 7. Yes, in the showers too. But that was in the eighties in Denmark, I'm pretty sure they are separated now a days.

Maddie Painter
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep once I made the horrible mistake of wearing Ugg boots and fluffy sweats and my coziest shirt on gym day . Let's just say I wasn't happy

Panda with Heart
Community Member
5 months ago

Haha I remember that

Ljdia
Community Member
5 months ago

Tbh I don't remember PE before the 5th grade / school year...

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
5 months ago

4th grade = gym clothes yes, showers no. Not asked to run more than 440 (or was it 300) yards

Ivy Chambers
Community Member
5 months ago

This was a public school they don't care about none of that shit

Don Flynn
Community Member
5 months ago

We had gym clothes, a locker room, and showers.

Lilly Rose Poppy
Community Member
5 months ago

All the way through elementary school and in middle school they required me to bring gym cloths

deanna woods
Community Member
5 months ago

I didn't have to do this because I had asthma.

Missy Barton
Community Member
5 months ago

Lucky. My gym teacher refused to believe that I had asthma.

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Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes, it was every monday for 4 months.

Linda HS
Community Member
5 months ago

Yup...

Mini Shnauzer
Community Member
5 months ago

This is completely true. Unfortunately.

Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

No...we had sports wear and had time to shower 😕

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Sticking pins through skin.

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

And your point is?

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Teacher Michael also questions whether we still need roll call—isn’t that time better spent, you know, actually learning things? Not to mention playground duty where a teacher has to stand around, watch the students play, and make sure that they don’t get into any trouble. And who can forget about toilet duty? Sure, teachers need to make sure that students aren’t getting into any trouble, but all of this seems a bit over the top, don’t you think?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

So far this is the only one I can relate too. I only discovered about 5 years ago that this wasn't true.

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My chemistry teachers solution to people stealing her calculators.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

We had to supply our own calculators when I was at school.

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Martha Meyer
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5 months ago

School should teach both.

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However, according to Michael, the weirdest thing about high school might just be the students themselves who are hard to figure out even with all the experience in the world. Finally, let’s not forget about the basics: furniture. Some students still have to sit on uncomfortable chairs and use tiny desks, so it’s no wonder that some of them can’t pay attention!

When you look at everything, high school sure is a weird place. But I sure could go for some chocolate milk and a slice of pizza right about now.

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Jill
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5 months ago

And it's still a thing with my students after all these years. Apparently some jokes never get old.

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Doctor who?!
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5 months ago

Yes oh yes i still have a scar from her

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Doctor who?!
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5 months ago

Umm im not *poliece pulls up outside my house* OH NO

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That one kid.

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Eepe
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5 months ago

But no one ever leaves 😂

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Pamela24
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5 months ago

Nah, that's a stereotype. My Math teacher was one of the best - just last year I went to her 50th birthday party and we got wonderfully drunk together and my gym teacher was the only one who noticed when thing got bad at home when I was fourteen.

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Rissie
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5 months ago

Not to burst your bubble, but it was actually coffee.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

I had one of those hair thingy's, had it in for ages. I didn't get mine on a cruise or holiday though.

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RJ
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5 months ago

In high school you were popular if you had a big mouth. So happy when these left the 4th year and we just had nerds trying to learn something.

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BG
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5 months ago

I weighed 372 lbs when I graduated high school. I'm 43 now and I run three 10k's per week in addition to weightlifting.

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Daniel Lewis
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5 months ago

How is that weird? Isn't that lunch time?

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Randomcthulu
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5 months ago

We just got to smell the home ec class burn another batch of cookies every day, the teacher was too stupid to know to adjust cooking times etc for higher altitudes and couldn't figure it out, we literally begged our English teacher to let us go show them what they were doing wrong, she laughed and told us to go ahead because that teacher had been driving her nuts for years

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Tabitha L
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5 months ago

Never had this happen. I do remember a kid in first grade eating 5 hamburgers and then throwing up. But that is more just cause and effect.

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Daniel Lewis
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5 months ago

or "Hey, this isn't Russia!"

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Martha Meyer
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5 months ago

Mine started at 7:30 a.m. By 9 breakfast break was already over.

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Adam C
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5 months ago

Why you lie? Neven seen any paper in public school toilet.

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Love My Dogs
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5 months ago

That was always soooo annoying

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Kids cracking their backs on these chairs.

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zims
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5 months ago

Ugh my hair always got caught in the studs

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Nea
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5 months ago

Ok this might help my therapist in next session!

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Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

What happened to this person?

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Meeple13
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5 months ago

That's not cabbage?

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The kids who bit into Bubble Tape like this.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

What kind of monster would do that.

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