from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A secondary school that usually includes grades 9 or 10 through 12.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An institution which provides all or part of secondary education.
  • n. secondary school (used in this way in parts of Australia and Canada)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • n. a free public school nearest the rank of a college.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a public secondary school usually including grades 9 through 12


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  • And onto the audience, who may find a jammed-shut, crammed-full locker of their own high school memories tumbling out.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Another truck driver with a flashlight spotted the passenger, a young high school girl, lying fifty feet away in the snow-flecked high desert sand.

    The Courage To Be Christian

  • Richie Ungar on the night of his high school prom.

    One of a Kind

  • “What kind of high school is this?” he demanded, referring to the division between the expensively but hideously dressed “richies” driving convertible Beemers and the equally hideously but more cheaply dressed friends of Andie Walsh.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Perhaps, too, your high school halls were filled with Hughes-speak.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • To watch the mutable, un-made-up Molly wistfully survey her boyish body in Sixteen Candles is, for me, to reconnect with my own gawky yet game high school self.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • My own single happy moment in high school took place in my art room as I tranced out over a painting and suddenly the teacher allowed a rare radio to be switched on.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • The archetypal high school love story—wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl loves handsome preppy boy—feels less archetypal than just plain precious and contrived.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • I remained boyfriendless and pining for Tony until I left that high school for Putney—a boarding school where the groovy clothes Emily had taught me to wear served my social standing well.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Maybe Marcy Becker was a porn star, or sold drugs to high school kids.

    The Killing Kind


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  • Yikes! Sounds like my recurring academic mayhem dream.

    March 5, 2007

  • Last night I had a nightmare that I was back in high school, having just returned from spring break with a mysterious case of amnesia. I was freaking out because I had no idea what classes I was supposed to be in, or where they were located on a campus that had rearranged itself over the break. Like a cheesy adventure game, I began with only the books in my backpack to indicate where I was supposed to be, with no friends, and the deadline to be in my seat by the ring of the bell. A truly horrible dream.

    March 4, 2007