Pep rallies were required attendance in my school (they usually took place during the last 15-20 minutes of 7th period, so we were still technically on school time and the school would be held responsible if we left the grounds and were smooshed by a log truck).
I never went to a single dance, and don’t really regret it, but I did try to go to the homecoming games, just because there’d be stuff like a bonfire and stuff that would make it a little more fun than a regular game. I enjoyed some of the other homecoming week activities, too, like the dress-up days, the hallway decorating contests, and the noise parade through town. It was all an excuse to goof off during school hours, which I was always all for (I attend all of our office birthday parties, optional classes, etc., for the same reason, now days )
“I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it,” Jack Handy