The Longform Guide to High School
From football fields in Texas to the real Ridgemont High, a collection of picks to help remember a time you might rather forget.
Friday Night Lights
On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.
What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?
Her suicide made headlines around the world after classmates were indicted on felony charges related to bullying, but the real story wasn’t that simple.
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.
My Favorite Teacher
Mr. Lindwall was the only high school teacher who understood him. Then Mr. Lindwall went to jail, and it was his turn to try to understand.
The Unbearable Awkwardness of Being
Sixteen years after graduating, an alumnus heads back to his old stomping grounds in Cleveland.
The Killer Cadets
How two love-struck, type-A high school students almost got away with murder.
Navigating life as a brilliant teenage girl.
The profile of a 34-year-old woman named Charity Johnson who tricked people all over the country into believing she was still in high school.
An essay on a fatal car crash in the author’s youth.
High School Is a Sadistic Institution
The science behind why high school sucks.