18 September/October 2013 | BethesdaMagazine.com
It’s Always with Us
In October, I’ll be heading home to Danbury,
Conn., for my (gulp) 40th high school reunion. (I
don’t know what’s worse: being old enough to go
to my 40th reunion or having to relive my senior
picture, above!) I’m sure I’ll enjoy catching up
with my former classmates, but if past reunions
are any indication, I’ll also have the uneasy feeling that I’ve stepped into a time warp, where the
people—and their place in the high school pecking order—have barely changed. The jocks will
still be the jocks, the popular girls will still be
the popular girls, and the rest of us will still feel
That phenomenon, of course, isn’t limited to
the Danbury High School Class of 1973. Studies
have shown that the type of person you were in
high school—and how you were perceived and
treated during those years—can have a significant
influence on who you are as an adult.
In this issue, we present a series of stories on
high school’s profound impact on our lives. In the
lead story, “High School Forever,” writer Gabriele McCormick explores how—and why—those
years are so important. In addition to examining research on the subject, McCormick interviewed numerous experts, as well as residents
who attended local high schools decades ago.
In a second story, McCormick looks at today’s
high school cliques. Although many of the students she interviewed say that cliques are less
important and more permeable than they used to
be, at least one thing hasn’t changed: The popular
kids still have the power and continue to wield it.
Our coverage also includes an essay by screen-
writer Dominique Paul of Gaithersburg about
her encounters as an adult with the popular girls
from her high school, and we offer a fun look at
what well-known local residents and celebrities
who grew up here looked like in high school.
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