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Senior Skip Day and Pranks

Everyone did that their senior year of High School, right? Had an official skip day and/ or Senior prank? I'm guessing not so much on the other side of the pond, which is a shame, because those were some good times. ( This was all prompted by a report in my local paper today, for the record...)

We Have Fooled You Again, Dr. Jones! (Dr. Jones was our principal, and always shook his head at me for the company I kept. Because I was that dorky straight A student that was known to be a virgin and drug-free. High school was fun. Ahem.)

The way you knew when skip day was, was by taking your graduating year - in my case, '90, and on the 90th day of the year - no seniors come to school. That, my friends, is an impenetrable system the teachers and staff NEVER figured out. We liked to believe...

On our skip day, my boyfriend and his two buddies had a Ferris Beuller day: went to the Chase Tower, the one with the hole in the middle, got up on the top floor and pressed our faces to the glass, went to the Museum of Modern Art down the street, then to our rival high school for lunch (incidentally, the school that Jensen kid from Supernatural graduated from) and sat at the "cool table" for lunch and laughed like we knew the jokes while they all tried to figure out who the hell we were. That was definitely the highlight of the day. Back to a park where Michael and I tried to escape his loser friends (because they had no girls) and make out, but to no avail.

And here's the kicker: I made him drop me back off at the school so I could make a quiz in my last period and get to theater rehearsal on time. "Um, I got better?" Such a dork. Did anyone else do Senior Skip Day? Anything fun? Or just swiping mom and dad's beers and watching Jeopardy? Heh.

How Do You Walk With Balls That Big?

Senior PRANK! Oh, man, this was the best part of the school year HANDS DOWN. Okay, that's a stretch. But it felt that was as the ripples of "Oh my god, they DIDN'T!!" spread through the school. We had a parking lot on campus for the kids who drove. It was understood that Seniors got the best spots up front, and if you were a sophomore (only 10 - 12 at my high school back then), you better not park up front. You had to pay a fee to use the parking lot, which was collected by a man in a small shed at the gate. These men were called "Zekes." By us, not themselves. Their shed was referred to as the "Zeke house."

A year or two before us had SOMEHOW gotten the Zeke house up on the roof of the high school. That was impressive. Most impressive. MY class, however, was filled with some fantastic artists and tricksters. One of them being my current boyfriend. Michael (bf) and yet-to-come-out pal Scottie and a few others that wouldn't admit to anything painted the Zeke house. To look like a house. A fake window, fake window boxes with flowers, a stick man with buck teeth and a straw hat waving from the fake window, broke -down pick up truck with weeds growing out of it... All so it looked like a child's crayon drawing. Hahaha!!

But wait... there's more: The jocks somehow got access to the Principal's (Dr. Jones) office and FILLED IT with 500 mice. School was halted that morning until 10am while an exterminator caught (alive!) all the mice. IN ADDITION: every single senior got a key. Every single senior, on graduation day, as we walked across the stage to get our (fake) diplomas, shook Dr. Jones' hand and slipped him a key in the handshake. By the time the W's were walking across the stage, his coat pockets were bulging. Heee! It's the simple stuff that works better for me.

Which brings me to my point (finally!): in today's paper, the senior class of my old high school got someone to BAKE MARAJUANA BRAN MUFFINS, and DELIVER THEM to the front office. Where 15 members of the staff DEVOURED them. By 1pm, half of the secretary pool was in the hospital, complaining about dry (cotton) mouth, the giggles, and bulging eyes. DUDE. DUDE!!!

#1: what a SERIOUS waste of some ganja, I'm betting the Art Club is saying
#2: there are CAMERAS in the front office, so the "delivery person" is in deep poop
#3: the delivery person said someone made them for an EAGLE SCOUT'S project. Ahahaha! That's my favorite of the lies.

What morons. Can't kids today come up with better pranks that don't end up in JAIL time? Okay, unless it's like on Veronica Mars where they impaled that teacher's car on the flag pole. No, that was wrong because in RL, a teacher would be SCREWED. They don't make enough to fix it and... Okay, who's seen Super Troopers? That's a funny damn movie. But the scene where the troopers dare each other to say "meow" in every sentence when they pull someone over? Hahaha!! Stuff like that. Not DRUGGING THE ADMINISTRATION! Good lord! This cannot end well.

Streaking? It's a classic for a reason, people!


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May. 17th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
Some geniuses in our class assembled an old style volkswagon bug on the roof of the classroom building.

Finally the prinicpal said that if they just took it down, no one would be punished. We didn't know who did it anyway - and it turned out it was a bunch of the smart, quiet soccer playing honor students - the admin swore they'd not have anybody there to nab them, so the entire class showed up and spent the night while they took it down. 'Cause they'd have to take all of us.

No, ganja cupcakes mon, no go.
May. 17th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
Ha! See, there you go. Unity, fun, crazy silly stuff.

DUDE. Just... drugging the administration? That's SOOOOO Neptune High. In my neighborhood, the "Neptune High" was Highland Park high school, our social rivals. (Um, I'm assuming you watch Veronica Mars. :D )
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May. 17th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
I could not participate in Senior Cut Day b/c it was a game day and the conference rules said that you had to attend school for at least a half day to play in a game. Suck. That rule also sucked, btw, after AP exams when I only had one class but still had to come to school and stil around for half the day in order to play.

I missed Senior Prank for some reason or another but that is okay because it ventured into that illegal realm and I wasn't there and therefore couldn't get in trouble.
May. 17th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
GAH. You were screwed!! Of course, I went back to school eventually, because our director said any seniors who missed practice could be cut. And thinking back on it, I didn't have an understudy, so I don't know that I would have been cut but..

AHHH!! I was PLAYED, Ash! :D
May. 17th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
Hhahah, my school was totally dorky and we didn't do a senior skip day because administration basically said "if there's no senior skip day, we'll have a six flags day for seniors and if there is one, we won't" where "is" was depending on the percentage of seniors missing.

And an approved skip day where they bused us out to a theme park for a school day won HANDS DOWN.

I'm not sure if we buckled to the man or the man buckled to us, but it still rocked.

We didn't do a senior prank, either, but mostly because it was never a tradition at our school. None of the other classes did one either, that I can recall. I am jealous!!
May. 17th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
Day at Six Flags = THE MAN BUCKLING TO YOU!! I always wished I had stuck with Physics instead of the Life Sciences, because they had a day at Six Flags to test centripical force, etc. DUDE!!

And it makes sense for LutherCorp to have a Prank Day. Am I right, or am I right?
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May. 17th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)

I participated in Senior Cut Day. We drove to the beach and did the whole frisbee-volleyball-swimming-laying out-picnic thing. But, I don't remember a Senior Prank...Hmmm...it's possible that my senior class wasn't creative enough for that! :)
May. 17th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
Oooooh. Beach Blanket Bingo Day is ALWAYS going to be a win.

Maybe we should have a skip day here on LJ. I'll write everyone notes to get back in. (I"m a mom. I have Authority. Hahaha!)
May. 17th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
*hangs head, ashamed*

I was the ONLY senior that showed up from my class on senior skip day--even the goody-two-shoes kids skipped...so what did that make me? A complete dork, that's what! In my defense, I was the new kid, and so nobody bothered to tell me they were all skipping...lol...so I got to spend my entire day sitting on my ass in the office going through classmate files (when nobody was looking) and sucking up (when they were)...

Prank day? LOL...I made the class Ex-Lax chocolate brownies and had my revenge... *ev0l grin*
May. 17th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC)
HAHAHA!! Oh man, NOT ON!! *never eats brownies from you, OMG*
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May. 17th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
My high school was run by very smart spoil sports. Senior Skip Day was always the Monday after prom weekend so they just started giving Seniors that day off.

And instead of Prank Day we had the faculty approved Senior Play. It was the day before Christmas break and the Seniors wrote a play with a very loose plot line that playfully poked fun at the faculty and staff.
May. 17th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
That's not a skip day! That's a HOLIDAY. And the "prank" is making me think of Wesley in Buffy S3, "when we made the underclassmen get up as girls." Heeee!
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May. 17th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
That key thing rocks out! It's a little like the nickels-in-the-phone prank on The Office. *admires*

Heeeee, you just like Streaking because Will does it in Old School!
May. 17th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
HA!! That's right! We also had a "slam" book that came out with your senior year book that made fun of EVERYONE. I mean, everyone.

The centerfold was always the class Valedictorian doing something funny. Mark Chen was our V, and he graduated with enough credits to start college as a JUNIOR. He was the first person in standardized test history to ace BOTH the ACT and the SAT.

They got him to put on a thong, lay on his side, and have girls offer him money like a stripper. Did I mentioin he weighed maybe 90 pounds soaking wet? And wore glasses? Hahaha!! He was awesome.
May. 17th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
I liked the prank on Dawson's Creek when they put the principals sailboat in the indoor pool. :)

I was never involved in any pranks. I don't even think we had a prank (I went to a special school for nerds, we were too busy with our senior research projects to pull proanks). But we did have skip day and it was the same formula as yours (93 for me). We did it 93 days before graduation though, instead of 93 days into the year.

I spent my day in DC hanging out on the mall, going to museums, lunch at the Old Post Office Pavillion, etc. Nothing super special, but a nice day.
May. 17th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
Oh, but 93 days into the year is closer to graduation when you are needing a break, see.

I COMPLETELY forgot about the Creek's prank! Hahaha!! That's excellent. (And I wouldn't mind having a day off like your skip day NOW!)
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May. 17th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
NTHS class of 1969 (year before me): Bricked the teachers lounge shut, filled it with crumpled newspapers, crawled out through the skylight.

Class of 1970: wrote school name and year on the lawn in 20 foot letters made of beer cans, built a pyramid of kegs on the roof. May have put Ramrock, the huge white-faced sheep that was the school mascot, on the roof. Or the vice-principal's Corvette.

I wasn't involved; I was so far off the social radar that even seniors who had classes with me didn't realize I was a senior.

Julia, hated high school with a firey passion; suspects the strange fenced-off hole on the grounds is a Hellmouth
May. 17th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
WHOA! Bricked it up? That's awesome. I still wonder how the '89 class got that shed up on our highschool. It was three stories high.

I loved high school once my older sister graduated. I got to be Laura instead of Tiff's little sister.
May. 17th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Yes we had senoir cut day. I went to an all girls school we wet to the zoo and shopping. Boring but it was fun because while we were strolling around we ran into the local weather man aka David Boreanaz's dad and he totally made us explain why we were not in school. *heh*
May. 17th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
HA! Bonus points for running into celebrity parents! (pre-celebrity, but you have the added panache of "I knew him when..."
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May. 17th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
we just stole all the chalk for a prank geez. And i mean all there was not a stick in the place.
May. 17th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
Senior skip day...This takes me back ...way... way... back.

*1987* 15 Art club kids got into a van and drove to Hilton Head(SC). Where we proceeded to smoke an enormous amount of ganja. We got sunburned, drank Mad-dog and beer and fed cheetos to sea gulls.
We did have a designated driver.
It was beautiful.

Senior Prank? I don't remember one. I think we were probably all too stoned to do it. :-)
May. 17th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)

*totally gets a contact high from your comment*

That sounds like an awesome day, man.
May. 17th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
I can't remember if we had an official skip day, but my Sr year I did skip a few times *coughawesomenoteforgingability, never caughtcough* Hee! My friend Jeff and I would usually end up driving around aimlessly, get lunch and then go back to his house and watch soaps in the afternoon. REBELS!

Ganja cupcakes. Stupid kids.
May. 17th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
No, no, not pot CUPCAKES, but pot BRAN MUFFINS.

Which insured that the stodgiest of staffers would eat one, you see. WOW. Not. Smart.
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May. 17th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)

I can't add anything else to that, Sue, ya done stumped me.
May. 17th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
What'd be awesome is if the kids in 2001 didn't show up on the very first day of school! Did they?

One of the senior classes before me stole the human-sized rabbit statue from a local VW dealer and put it on the roof somewhere. My class hung (and burned) an effigy of the much-hated head counselor. Some friends in the year ahead of me filled the same guy's office with 500 lbs of manure and an angry goose. Legend has it that they did it on a Friday night and the poor goose went unfed all weekend and went apeshit when they opened the office door on Monday. Oh, and I don't know if it was a senior prank or just a, you know, regular prank, but someone "buried" a VW upside down on the senior lawn. (Really, it was just the tires, see.)

As for senior cut day, dang, if we had one I didn't know. Every day was ditch day at my high school.
May. 17th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)

"Ditch Day." Man, just saying that makes me feel.... 17. :D I love the "just buried the tires" bit. I love practical jokes/pranks!
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