“High schools are our commonest common denominator. Good Lord, they even all smell the same, that stale institutional odor that can be disturbed only by another ringing bell. The children fall out into the corridors, moving with a special rhythm, at a pace they will never again employ in life. Nothing else in the human experience resembles the break between classes.” —Frank Deford, "When All the World Was Young, Lad," Sports Illustrated, 1977
Thanks to my co-worker and friend Sarah for inspiring this post.
(The image accompanying this post is from my own high school--now, sadly, closed--St. Cecilia's, of Englewood, NJ.)