View Poll Results: Do you still have any of your high school yearbooks?
Yes, all of 'em 94 50.54%
Yes, some of 'em 54 29.03%
Nope, none of 'em 18 9.68%
Never had any 15 8.06%
Something else 3 1.61%
Pie is better than yearbooks any day 2 1.08%
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:26 PM
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Never had mine, although I would like to find my Freshman & Senior years. Those schools do have yearbooks at but not the right years so far.
Old 02-17-2020, 08:35 PM
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I have two: my freshman year (which I found in a bookstore!) and my senior one, from 1993. I almost never open them but they have been useful. When I applied for a passport the State Department said my initial evidence wasn't good enough to establish identity. One thing they suggested, and which I sent in, was photocopies of my high school yearbook.
Old 02-17-2020, 09:21 PM
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I still have my yearbooks; I have no clue why. I am in touch with only two or three people from those days and one of them actually went to school with my little brother, not me. I much prefer pie, but I did select that I had all the yearbooks.
Old 02-17-2020, 10:36 PM
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I have all mine, including junior high. I also have a couple of my dad's. I was looking at them shortly after he died, and it was so weird to think of my dad as a teenager doing teenage things. There was even a long, sweet note from his then-girlfriend in it.
Old 02-17-2020, 10:41 PM
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I possess the middle of three junior high yearbooks but none from nearly three years of senior high and a semester of adult high. I wasn't at any of my six high schools long enough for a yearbook because family disruptions, and the adult high didn't bother. Nice features of adult high: everyone is there voluntarily, eagerly; and cliques are irrelevant.

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Old 02-17-2020, 10:56 PM
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Never had any. I had part time jobs in high school. My mum said if I wanted a year book I could pay for it myself. I had more, err, frivolous yet exciting ways of blowing my money in high school.
Old 02-18-2020, 07:19 AM
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Besides the high school ones, I also have some from elementary school. It's pretty fun to open up your first grade yearbook and realize you still remember all those kids' names.
Old 02-18-2020, 08:54 AM
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I do. One day I'll get around to burning them. The kid that bought them, and to whom the messages are addressed, he's an asshole. I have no desire to even acknowledge that period of my life.
Old 02-18-2020, 09:04 AM
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Never had one.

But my wife went to the same high school and she has at least our senior year yearbook. We just recently brought it back from her mother's house. It's in our house... somewhere. I didn't really care for most of those fucking people anyways.
Old 02-18-2020, 09:58 AM
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I only bought my high school yearbook as a senior, so I have the only one I ever had. I should probably toss it though. I've never looked at it. When Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, his yearbook became a focus of attention. I wondered what mine said about me. Turns out, there's a scan of it online so I didn't even have to crack the spine of my yearbook to take a quick peek.
Old 02-18-2020, 10:09 AM
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Yes, all of them, and it's been 55 years. No idea why I've kept them. I doubt my kids will want them.

If any of you are thinking of disposing of them, your local genealogy society may want them. I found my mother's photo in her yearbook here in Portland, along with her sister's.
Old 02-18-2020, 10:12 AM
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I had one for my sophomore year of high school, I have that one in a box somewhere. I haven't looked at it in years. I didn't get one my junior year, no idea why. My grandmother bought me my senior yearbook but my brother, a year behind me in high school, got off with it when I was in Navy boot camp and I never saw it again. I got some revenge for that, when he got his senior year book, I hid it from him. About 10 years later that year book was found, my younger sister, who was a sophomore in that book, took it as she never got one for that year. She still has it as far as I know.
Old 02-18-2020, 10:14 AM
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For anyone who went to school in North Carolina before 1969, there's a good chance your yearbook has been digitized:

They do colleges, too. After 1969? Just wait. They only do them after 50 years have passed.

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Old 02-18-2020, 04:00 PM
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I have my junior and senior yearbooks. I almost didn't get either, because my mother already wrote a check for my younger-by-one-year sister's yearbook, and she didn't understand why we might both want one for ourselves. (I had a job my senior year and paid for that one myself.)

My small hometown is about 3000 people. They just got their first decent hotel, like a Fairfield or Courtyard (it's a GrandStay Hotel). We stayed there for a family event over the summer, and we were surprised that prominently displayed in the lobby, by some comfy chairs, is a whole selection of the town's high school yearbooks. I asked the front desk clerk about them, and she said that people just LOVE looking through them, even if they're not from the town. I imagine they get a lot of business for high school reunions, and that the yearbooks are really popular then.

We have a weekend trip to a different GrandStay Hotel this weekend. I'll have to check it out to see if that's a corporate thing, or just in that one location.
Old 02-18-2020, 04:14 PM
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I was sitting in my den years ago and looked at the book shelf. I thought "Dang, I haven't looked at those yearbooks in 25 years." Out they went. No regrets.
Old 02-18-2020, 05:20 PM
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Got all my HS yearbooks, all my college yearbooks, and all my grade school report cards. I see I sing off key, at least in the first grade.
Old 02-18-2020, 08:41 PM
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Had grades 8-12, grad class of Ď74, threw them out 15 years ago, havenít missed them.
Old 02-18-2020, 09:29 PM
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Just one, from my junior year in high school. It was the fifty-year anniversary of the school which, as you can guess, is much, much older than that now. HS was just the last three years when I was there, and I don't know why I didn't bother getting the one for my freshman year. I also didn't bother getting the one for my senior year, but I have since seen it online and I really didn't miss anything. The one I did get was for the school's fiftieth year, so it had a lot of historical trivia that I enjoyed learning about. As you can imagine, the school is much, much older than that now!

I also have the Winter 1923 Los Angeles High School Blue And White Semi-Annual. I love old yearbooks and just picked up that one out of sheer curiosity. An L.A.H.S. physics teacher became the first principal of my HS the following year.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:56 AM
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I'm a Yes, all of 'em, also one from 8th grade and an Enterprise Cruise Book from a Western Pacific deployment.
Old 02-19-2020, 09:31 AM
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I have mine, grades 9-12 (class of '71) and both of my late parents from the 1930's. Yeah, I know, pack-rat.
Old 02-19-2020, 09:40 AM
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I've got one H.S. yearbook that survived packing for our impending move.

Yearbooks are useful for monitoring which of your classmates made it big or wound up incarcerated.
Old 02-19-2020, 10:08 AM
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No, I graduated back in 1979 and they disappeared long ago.
Old 02-24-2020, 08:57 AM
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I was supposed to get one my senior year but I never picked it up after I found out that some asshole changed the quote that appeared under my picture. Actually, they added a quote where none was supposed to be. I didn't want a quote because even then I could see how stupid you sound when you're 18 and think you're on top of the world.

Unfortunately, I went to a really good school so I don't even get to have the satisfaction of going back to reunions to see what losers everyone turned out to be. Most everyone is successful, looks good, and is happy (at least outwardly). Goddamn them!
Old 02-24-2020, 09:49 AM
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I still have my sophomore and Junior year ones somewhere. My senior yearbook got destroyed by water damage, which makes me sad because I was on the yearbook committee that year and put a lot of work into it. I've looked for one on sale online with no success.

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Old 02-24-2020, 12:57 PM
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Not only do I still have my 30 year old HS yearbook, but I used it as a cite in a recent GQ question!


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