High School

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Life's Swell

On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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It Takes a Village

A new counselor takes a job at a faltering Florida high school.

"The others at the table were talking about summer break, how it had gone too quickly, how the last thing they wanted was to be back at school, at this school. They complained about the heat, the giant mosquitos, the rain—the constant rain—and joked about how wrong it was to be so pissed off already when it was only the first day. Andrew, at the end of the table, nodded and smiled while he munched on a Cuban sandwich, trying to find an in, some common ground."

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The Sky is Electric

A high school senior's day is filled with unique crises.

"I hit the refresh button over and over, faster than the phone could even communicate with the server. I almost didn’t believe it when the screen moved down a quarter of an inch to make way for a new message. It was from the admissions committee. My years of soup kitchen volunteering, vocabulary cramming, blogging as a competitive sport, and butterfly-stroking in freezing-cold swimming pools in inconveniently located athletic facilities all boiled down to a single verdict that was probably a sentence long. If that."

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Male of the Species

Tensions rise when a high school teacher fails a star student-athlete.

"Word spread: Jimmy Carter, the prize of the Permian Basin, the boy who could flat-out fly, the jovial kid who never turned in work but still somehow always got Cs, was in danger of getting yanked off the team, all because some Yankee teacher had to show his moral fiber. How convenient that his son just happened to be the backup."

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Friends Without Benefits

What the rapidly changing world of teenage hook-up culture means for young women.

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Sexting, Shame and Suicide

The story of 15-year-old Audrie Pott, who took her own life after nude photos of her were circulated at school.

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"A Town Destroyed for What Two People Did"

One year later, a dispatch from Steubenville.

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Prep-School Gangsters

“They cruise the city in chauffeured cars, blasting rap, selling pot to classmates. How some of New York’s richest kids joined forces with some of its poorest.”

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The Wiz

Navigating life as a brilliant teenage girl.

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Contest of Words

High school debate and the demise of public speech.

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Mad Max

A profile of Max Wade, a Marin County teenager on trial for stealing Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini and using it in the first drive-by in the history of Mill Valley, California.

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High School Is a Sadistic Institution

The science behind why high school sucks.

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In Rust Belt, a Teenager’s Climb from Poverty

A profile of 11th-grader Tabitha Rouzzo.

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Mourning Glory

A high school baseball team responds to a loss.

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There is No Crying in Show Choir

On the road with three high school show choirs and a dream.

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Honor Thy Father

Lance Butterfield was the captain of the football team, had a 4.0 GPA and a girl he loved. It wasn’t enough for his dad. And then his dad became too much for him.
Part of our guide to Skip Hollandsworth's true crime writing at Slate.

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The Legacy of Wes Leonard

The story of a high school star who died minutes after hitting a game-winner to end an undefeated season, and the family and friends he left behind.

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Man in Full

On Mike Powell, a Chicago-area high school wrestling coach who hasn’t allowed a life-threatening illness to interrupt his life’s work.

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Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan?

On Clifton “Pop” Herring, the then-26-year-old high school basketball coach who famously left Jordan off the varsity squad as a sophomore.

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Fuqua School looks to African American football star to shatter racist legacy

An attempt to recruit black students at Virginia’s most famous “segregation academy.”

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Led By the Child Who Simply Knew

The story of twin boys who became brother and sister.

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On Their Own

A portrait of three high school kids in Arizona forced to live on their own after SB 1070.

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The Murder of Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy

On the death of a high school basketball star in New York City.

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Murder by Text

On the brutal killing of a high school girl in British Columbia.

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The Last Ride of Jesse James Hollywood

A tony bedroom community in Los Angeles, a kidnapping gone horribly wrong, and the birth of a teenage fugitive.

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The ESD Sex Scandal

When an exclusive private school discovered a teacher was sleeping with his 17-year old student, administrators did their best to make the problem vanish.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

At age 22, the author went undercover at his old high school. An excerpt of the book that became the film.

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Girls at War

On a group of teenage believers raised in settlements on the West Bank:

They say it takes one generation to found a new language. These girls are a new language, believing that they belong to the land on which they were born, and sponsored by the government they despise, which pays for their roads and electricity.

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The Siege of Fulton Avenue

Just after midnight, Rye police arrived to bust a house full of partying teenagers. The kids refused to unlock the door, and parents and cops flooded the street. A minute-by-minute account of the standoff.

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A Kiss Before Dying

Odessa High School students know her as “Betty,” a ghost that haunts the auditorium at night.  But few know much about the real Betty, whose 1961 murder was “the most sensational crime in West Texas in its day.”

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Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire

The rise, fall and stubborn survival of a teenage Internet celebrity who discovered that the real world can be a very scary place.

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How It Happened

On the genesis of the It Gets Better Project.

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The Talent Trap

The inner workings of a high school basketball team stacked with international talent.

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Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor

“I had inherited a Rolodex full of useful phone numbers (the College Board, a helpful counselor in the UCLA admissions office), but the number I kept handing out was that of a family therapist.”

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The Boy Who Died of Football

A 15-year-old dies shortly after collapsing from heatstroke during a high school football practice. Was it has coach’s fault? The state thought so, and put him on trial.

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My Favorite Teacher

Mr. Lindall was the only high school teacher who understood him. Then Mr. Lindall went to jail, and it was his turn to try to understand.

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The Boy Who Cried Cal

Kevin Hart wanted a scholarship to play Division I college football. It didn’t come. So he made one up–and called a press conference.

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What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?

Her suicide made headlines around the world after classmates were indicted on felony charges related to bullying. The real story isn’t that simple.

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The Mystery Suicides of Bridgend County

Dozens of young adults in rural Wales are hanging themselves, feeding an epidemic of copycat suicides that experts are have been unable to contain.

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One Boy, Two Girls, and Homicide

A teenage love triangle turns tragic in Pinellas Park, Florida.

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Sextortion at Eisenhower High

Step 1: awkward high school senior passes himself off as a flirtatious female student online. Step 2: he cons his male classmates into e-mailing him sexually explicit images of themselves. Step 3: extortion.