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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1 year ago

Burn!

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Love My Dogs
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Erm, no? Ww had gym clothes and showers.

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Sticking pins through skin.

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year 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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1 year 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)
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1 year ago

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

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Martha Meyer
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

Yes oh yes i still have a scar from her

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Doctor who?!
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1 year 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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1 year ago

But no one ever leaves 😂

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Pamela24
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1 year 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.

Spikey Bunny
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1 year ago

Some teachers deserve medals for saving us from bad family situations... For me it was a summer school English teacher. Chis Shulte saves me!

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Kade MacNeill
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1 year ago

My sophomore math teacher was less of a cop and more of someone you could be real with

Jill Pulcifer
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1 year ago

This is so true, my HS english teacher was in her 70's and liked to talk about how in the late 1930's she put herself through college working as an escort. While my gym teacher was also the attendance officer, not because he had to be, but because he was ALLOWED to be.

Alexandru Bucur
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1 year ago

Completely true in secondary school, and only half true in high school since my math teacher was a cool old lady (the gym teacher was a bully and a tyrant, so that fits). Definitely not true for my brother, because his history teacher was both a bad teacher and a harpy and he got on well with the others.

Kjorn
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1 year ago

my math teacher in highschool was the best i ever had! at the end of highschool we even invite him to a lobster party at one of our friend summer house.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 year ago

NONO no nO no, math teachers are usually the more chill ones, along with science and theater. The history teachers are pretty ok, but every English teacher I've ever met has been a nut.

aLittleKillingJoke
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1 year ago

my english teacher was my pe teacher and lemme be honest right here, dude was my favorite teacher (favorite subject?: english! most hated subject?: pe!)

Bender Bending Rodríguez
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1 year ago

Holy mother this is so true. I never realized this till now.

Paul K. Johnson
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1 year ago

My math teacher was also our basketball ref. And he had a really mean table tennis game and that was with one glass eye!

Jjdnd
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1 year ago

This is stupid English teachers are the worst math and gym are the best

Lilly Rose Poppy
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1 year ago

MATH TEACHERS ARE THE BEST!!!

Chrissie M.
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1 year ago

Cool, I teach History AND English!

Katie and Jared Coates
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1 year ago

Don't forget the realest- the drama teacher.

Kenneth Kelly
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1 year ago

Back in ‘68, 2nd last period was a spare, smoked a joint and went to English.. teacher loved my interpretation of the Classics 🤪 Had a math teacher, who could take your eyeball out from 30’ with a piece of chalk, if you gave the wrong answer.... Dodging Bullets 😉😳😳

Kiss Army
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1 year ago

TOTALLY!!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Our math teacher was right out of the nuthouse, definitely not an authority figure of any kind.

Loretta
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1 year ago

Duh, literature teachers always forced psychotic bullshit down people's throats because it's "arts", and thought they subject was the most important in the world.

Kad
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1 year ago

My elementary school gym watched me punch someone in face and not say anything. All I was trying to do was throw away a candy wrapper. My high school gym teacher told us she got struck by lightning two times and lived. She was also alongside with the girls basketball team coach battling cancer.

Kad
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1 year ago

My middle school history teacher was the biggest asshole ever. He'd pick on a student to be mean to for the day.

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CatWoman312
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1 year ago

That actually was true at my school

Meyer Weinstock
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1 year ago

they all were cops....

Hannah M
Community Member
1 year ago

My PE teacher was pretty chill. My English teacher hated my guts - the whole class acknowledged that - and outright told me I needed to change my opinion on something political. And then I had a maths teacher who always made up these cringey songs about rules in maths and would sing them to us. The windows opened electronically which hummed as it did, and she always sung along. It was quite awkward...

Maddie Painter
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1 year ago

thas kind of true except for the math teacher. My gym teacher hated me because um.. I wasn't athletic besides doing Ballroom Dancing as well as fencing and Horseback riding because i hated traditional sports. (I still tried hard and aced her class because i did well on fitness days etc.)

LoPandas
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1 year ago

eh, my gym teacher is ok. We've become friends sort of because he was one of my coaches. He sucked at the sport tho, so our entire team made fun of him

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 year ago

That’s so true though! My favorite teachers have been history and English teachers

overcat
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1 year ago

I had a math teacher who was literally a cop. he had 2 jobs. You did not want to argue with him ever

Lyra Rey
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1 year ago

My precalculus teacher Mr Chandler was the best. Every year he arranged for all of his students to see the midnight release of a movie together. He would buy like a hundred tickets at once and we would reimburse him instead of us buying our own so that we would all be in the same auditorium, but since he did this every year the theater let him pay the student price so we still got our student discount. My year the movie was Pirates of the Caribbean 3. He was also the biggest Star Wars fan I've ever met before or since, and when he found out I loved it too he loaned me all nineteen of his New Jedi Order novels, one after the other, over the course of the year.

Emperor Kitten
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1 year ago

Assuming the art teacher is sober, they're usually pretty cool too.

-zawarudo-
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1 year ago

My 8th grade math teacher was someone you could be real with- he was like, the nicest person ever- and my health teacher was as well- she was like, a second mom to me :’))

Animal lover❤
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1 year ago

I find this true for my 7th grade year

BingeFest1
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1 year ago

Math sucks

deanna woods
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1 year ago

In my school the history teachers were mostly coaches.

Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Gym teachers: shorts too short. Whistle around neck. “Hello ladies....”

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Rissie
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1 year ago

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

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year 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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Nea
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1 year ago

I ws popular in my school but when i see 'popular' kids in movies, i get very confused.

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BG
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1 year 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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Ani Archeron
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1 year ago

... this happens??

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Randomcthulu
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1 year 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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1 year 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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Blarrg
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1 year ago

A lot of adults are still using that one. Here's a favorite (hopefully I can post a link.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs

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Martha Meyer
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Love My Dogs
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1 year 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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1 year ago

Ugh my hair always got caught in the studs

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Nea
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1 year ago

Ok this might help my therapist in next session!

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Vicky Zar
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1 year ago

What happened to this person?

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Meeple13
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1 year 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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1 year ago (edited)

What kind of monster would do that.

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