One of the most seminal moments of our lives is when we step in front of the camera for our high school yearbook photo. You may shake your head at that concept, but it’s true! Yearbook photos are our chance to cement ourselves as the coolest person in our grade, irrespective of what the rest of the world thinks. As you’ll see below, some of these high schoolers may have tried just a little too hard.
A Boy And His Cat
When you are in high school, you are told to pursue what you love. Who wants to bet that this kid is judging cat shows somewhere? We dig the retro-laser filter and the supreme close-up of Mr. Meow’s mouth and snout, well, who doesn’t love HD pictures of cute cats? Well, the cat might not — he’s looking pretty annoyed.
Eden Is Every Inner Child
Have you ever stared at something so long that it began to morph into something weird? Try saying the word ‘pineapple’ for a minute straight. That word sounds weird now, doesn’t it? Apparently, Eden was inspired by a similar process, only she stared at her bowl of Cheerios for far too long. Donut seeds? Get Eden a job writing for ‘The Simpsons’ immediately.
High School Rebellion Summed Up
Every high school kid has gone through their rebellious phase. Whether it was trying out your first sip of beer or completely disregarding curfew, we’ve all been there. This unnamed high school senior had a, well, completely different approach to rebelling. After all, nothing quite screams counterculture like dressing up for graduation before throwing on your fake Anarchy forehead tattoo.
A Link To The Past
Suzanne is a simple woman, she knows what she likes and she isn’t afraid to tell everyone. With that being said, your senior quote should really speak to your future self in some kind of way, right? We wonder what ‘Hyaaahh!!’ means to Suzanne now. Does she still love the Legend of Zelda? Or did the writing just speak to her?
Class Up Front, Part In The Back
High school is all about being as obnoxiously loud about who you are as possible. With that being said, we can’t help but wonder if this gentleman regrets the party mullet look. Are we being unfair by judging this hairstyle so harshly? Probably. After all, undercuts are currently a thing. Do you think your hairstyle is going to age gracefully? If so, we have bad news for you.
Know Your Priorities
An alternative headline for this picture is, “Know your friends.” We can’t fault this fellas logic but we sure as heck can be skeptical about his loyalty. Would you be willing to take a bullet for your best friend? Would you be willing to take a bullet for your best friend if you thought you had a shot with their significant other? Ah, nothing like a high school moral quandary.
Brother & Sister Or Mortal Enemies
We all had a rival in highschool, right? That one person that you always wanted to get the one-up on? Here we have Sean throwing haymakers right at Stephanie’s yearbook photo. The biggest mystery in this picture is this: are these two related and is this just a fun sibling rivalry? Or is this romantic tension? Or are they just two good old fashioned mortal enemies?
Team Work Makes The Dream Work
We all have dreams in life. Some of us want to be astronauts. Others want to be on the forefront of the next big technological breakthrough. For Jack, Joshua and Kimberly, their dreams were a little more grounded: they just wanted the best yearbook photo of all time. Did they succeed? Is this ‘too cool for school’?
Shoulda Mentioned That Four Years Ago
Having a slightly unusual name can go one of two ways when you are in high school. You might become celebrated for your name (Whoa, look at how cool highschool QB Johnny Blaze is!) or you could be ridiculed for it. For Pareekshit Ravi, we feel like he probably could have cleared the air a little sooner, thus saving him some real trouble. Oh well, you live and you learn Pareekshit.
The Next Mitch Hedberg
If you don’t know who Mitch Hedberg is, go straight to YouTube and find out — we’ll wait. Alright, you’re back. Now that you have a frame of reference, is Bradley not the next Mitch Hedberg? He’s gotta write up a few jokes about lemons and limes and we’re all in on the ‘born again’ theory.
The Most Agreeable Man Around
We are all Connor in some way, shape or form. When we care so little about something, we just let the other party handle it. Maybe Connor should have cared a bit more? Or maybe the Yearbook team is just great at being snarky. Either way, we dig it.
Dwayne Is Flying At A 
We would never say that someone is on drugs based off of a single photo from high school. We will say that we wouldn’t be surprised if Dwayne Carter knew what weed was and liked to partake in it. Aw, heck. Alright, we’ll say it. Dwayne’s yearbook photo is something straight out of a Seth Rogen movie.
Meet Your Next Great CEO
There are two ways to succeed in life, really. You can accel based on your own talent and hard work. Or, you can succeed based on your own talent and hard work while simultaneously cutting down all of your competition. We are betting that Chang fits pretty neatly into the second category. If he isn’t the next great American CEO then we don’t know who will be.
Scott Still Has The Munchies
We know that Scott is rocking a tobacco pipe. Still, whatever is mounded on top of that pipe sure isn’t your regular tobacco. Legend has it that Scott Myers is still wrecking the snack aisle of grocery stores in his home town to this day. The sunglasses are starting to make more sense…
Someone Call Goku
We will never argue against the fact that people can love what they want to love. We will say that maybe, just maybe, you should skip out on your passion during your yearbook photo. Unless that really is Frieza, in which case — call Goku, immediately.
Wrestling Is A Serious Sport
…but the school magazine sure did a poor job at showcasing it. Wrestling can get you into shape while teaching you amazing self-defense maneuvers. Unfortunately, all anyone sees in this picture is a steamy and inappropriate Passion Show. Come on you guys, who let this through?
We Found Scott’s Supply
Candid photos can make for some of the best yearbook photos of all time. Of course, you should probably make sure that you aren’t photographing two of your fellow students while they deal drugs. We’re sure the principal just loved this.
Wise Words Jon Wane
Of course we know it is spelled ‘John Wayne’, but how else could we show appreciation for this amazing Yearbook photo? Wise beyond his years, we bet this fellow still has it together.