It has officially been 10 years since I graduated from Murrah High School. Who knew time would pass so quickly? I swear it feels like just yesterday that I was sitting in Mrs. Wyatt’s AP Computer Science class trying to figure out how to get invited on Facebook so I could start an account.
Yes, I’m that old.
I recently drove past my old high school and gazing at the parking lot that I couldn’t wait to claim my space in at the start of senior year tugged on every emotional being in my body. I longed to go back and relive some of the moments I experienced there.
Since there’s no such thing as time traveling, I figured I’d share with you some of the fondest memories I gained during my four years at Murrah High.
The first day of high school and Amerie’s “Why Don’t We Fall In Love” blasting on the radio
I had a friend named Deadre and her older sister April was a senior so she took us and our friend Kayla to school on our first day as high schoolers in her little blue Corolla…because we were too cool to ride the bus. Duh! I had on a pair of Ralph Lauren flared jeans without pockets on the butt (had to accentuate the booty on the first day) and a striped tank that my 8th grade boyfriend had bought me for our middle school graduation. I had on some cheap Payless thong sandals with a kitten heel on them and a middle part with my hair down in layers. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t fine! Buck teeth and all! To this day whenever I hear that song, especially the remix that includes Ludacris, I instantly relive that moment.
“Have a faaaannnnntastic day.”
Just about every day of my entire high school career began with our assistant principal telling us to have a fantastic day over the intercom. We used to make fun of him when he first started it but over time it became something we looked forward to. As an adult I can really appreciate his enthusiasm and how positive he was, even if only for the morning announcements. Because now as an adult with responsibilities, bills and other stuff going on, some mornings when I wake up I’d love to hear that type of encouragement to start my day.
Claiming spaces in the student parking lot
Painting a parking space at the start of senior year was like a Murrah rite of passage. I was gifted with my first car during my sophomore year of high school so I had to park on the side of street and wait for my day to get into the coveted lot. Now that I think about it, we were a pretty blessed set of kids. We had the nicest cars of our time back then and if you parked in a spot that didn’t have your name on it…be prepared to get checked for it. I actually never claimed a spot, I decided to go with a step on the walkway into the school. You know…I wanted people to see my name when they walked into school for the day because I was extra and popular and all of that. LOL
Being crowned the 2005-2006 Homecoming Queen
My PR prowess kicked in when I was able to snag enough votes from the entire school population to win Homecoming Queen. It was my second time on the homecoming court and since I was finally eligible for it, I was determined to win the crown. I was one of a few (if not the only) nominee that took my campaign a step further from just making poster board signs. I worked part time at a law firm and I created flyers with my senior portraits and name on them and printed about a hundred to pass around the school. I also targeted the 9th graders who took the majority of their classes in a separate building away from the seniors. Win!
Me and my high school sweetheart passing notes literally all day, every day of the week for years
If he and I weren’t friends there is no way I’d include him in this but I’d be lying if I said my high school sweetheart wasn’t a huge memory from high school. We were literally joined at the hip and passed notes back and forth class after class, day after day during my 10th, 11th and 12th grade years of school. We still have all of our original letters too! Well I got the ones I wrote from him back around this time last year to do a content analysis of them ? (blame it on doctoral school) and let’s just say we were way too serious to be teenagers.
M-U-S-T-A-N-G! Mustangs! Mustangs!
Our mascot was a Mustang and our school colors were silver and navy. There wasn’t an event, football game or basketball game that would end without someone starting the most LIT chant ever.
Getting kicked out of the basketball game for taunting the opposing team
Our home basketball games were like the NBA Finals. We had some very exciting games and because I was dating a player and a few of my friends were too, we had a presence at every single game. Actually, our classes were really tight knit so we all attended the games in support anyway. During one particular game we got a little carried away and ended up being kicked out of the game for taunting the opposing team and cursing during our little chants. LOL
We loaded school buses thinking we would be traveling a long distance when in actuality they took us right around the damn corner to a park/lake and left us there for the day LOL. We made the most out of our trip with music, water guns, a Soul Train line, dancing circle and plenty of food. I think this day was an emotional one for me because it had finally registered that for many of us, it would be the last time we would ever get to hang out all at once. Life would change forever after we boarded the bus and finished preparing to graduate. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it.
Loving the entire Class of 2006
Last but not least, my most fond memory has to be all of the random laughs and experiences with my entire class. While we came from all backgrounds, races and ethnicities we were friends if nothing else. Our class was/is full of brilliant and I mean brilliant individuals. We have entrepreneurs, doctors, dentists, educators, attorneys, moms, dads, wives, husbands, creative thinkers and ambitious people that we can call classmates and lifelong friends. I couldn’t have chosen a better class to be part of.
Now that I’m officially in my feelings…especially because of the photos…I’m gonna end this here LOL.