We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Junior High Quotes from Alan Menken, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jesmyn Ward, RM, Will Ferrell. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
I’m an architect. Before you start pouring the concrete, you build a foundation that is solid so that when you take the scaffolding down, it holds – forever. So that when junior high schools are doing ‘Hunchback,’ a 12-year-old as Frollo still works on some level.
I have a hard time watching the shows now. It is like opening up a yearbook when you were in junior high. I think everybody looks back at their photos and cringe, and I get to experience it with everybody else in the world looking at mine.
I think that the first book that made me think that I could try to be a writer – or that made me aware that a young black woman from the South could write about the South – was Alice Walker’s ‘The Color Purple,’ which I read for the first time when I was in junior high.
I loved writing lyrics for rap when I was in junior high. I loved studying, but somehow I wanted to be a rapper who can write and rap.
In junior high P.E., I was way too shy to take a shower in front of the other kids. It was a horribly awkward time – body hair, odors… So I’d go from my sweaty shirt back into my regular clothes and have to continue the day.
George Winston piano albums have been my go-to since junior high.
I sang in church choir all my life, through elementary school, junior high and high school.
Yes, from the time I was in junior high school I decided I wanted to be a chemist. I didn’t quite know what a chemist was, but I kept it up and got my Ph.D. in physical chemistry.
When I got a chance, I went back and shared those experiences that were important to me. George Washington High, the campus at San Francisco State, and even back to Emerson Elementary school and Roosevelt Junior High. I was happy to do it, to go back and see if all the same teachers were there.
I grew up in the West Village and went to the New York City Lab School for junior high.
My art teacher in junior high was a very out gay man and a mentor to me.
I have vivid memories of junior high school. I didn’t quite know how to deal with kids and make friends and all of that. If you talked to people who knew me at the time, they’d think I was a popular kid in school. But boy, I didn’t feel that.
When I came into the industry I started with acting and I did drama during junior high and high school. I fell into dancing as a hobby, but whenever you need work, you try out different things. So I booked a lot of jobs for dancing and it kept rolling and rolling.
I went to public school up until junior high.
I’ve been into Sonic Youth since junior high school. I think I kind of have ADD, so it’s good music for ADD because it just throws you in different directions all the time. I really like Kim Gordon’s voice and Thurston Moore’s voice, and I like the guitars going off on tangents.
I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point.
When we were growing up, I got kicked out of Timbaland’s house every day. He was the DJ for my brother’s rap group in junior high school. So I was 7, and while Tim’s DJ’ing and my brother’s rapping, I’d be upstairs dancing.
It’s unfortunate that cyberbullying is something that happens to 13-year-old kids in junior high and adults in the workplace. It’s something that we have to deal with as Americans.
The high point of my entire junior high school career was going backstage to meet George Harrison. I was simply awestruck.
In junior high, some would’ve seen me as a professional, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer. Others would’ve seen me in jail. All depends on who you talked to.
I was always interested in creative writing growing up. From junior high on, I was writing short stories. I also grew up watching movies. My father would take me to everything. Most weeks, I could open the paper having seen every movie listed.
I had a jazz trio, a rock n’ roll band, and I played drums in junior high, high school, college, big bands, and I played timpani in the symphony. I am a drummer. It’s the one instrument I actually play pretty well. It’s just hard to carry on your back.
I fell in love with rhyming when I turned 13. I was in junior high. I got into it, but I wasn’t serious. It was just for fun.
It definitely wasn’t cool in junior high, when everyone else is trying out for cheerleading, to have a life consumed by ballet.
I actually built a tiny computer as a junior high school project.
While I was in junior high, I wrote an entire essay in rhyme about manufacturing in New York State. In high school, I won a Scholastic poetry contest.
My junior high was dreadful. I see a lot of my fellow alumni on America’s Most Wanted.
When I was a kid in junior high, I had an assignment to discuss how to rescue poor people in India. I remember my teacher at the time considered it an impossible problem. Now, we’re not talking that way anymore. We’re sure not talking about that for China. They’re rescuing themselves thanks to globalization.
My art teacher in junior high was a very out gay man and a mentor to me. He would tell us about Greenwich Village and show us the ‘Village Voice’ and describe his life, but it was all sort of subversive and below the radar.
I did improv in junior high school. Figuring out my comedic timing helped my confidence in talking to the bullies and talking to people in class. If I could make them laugh, then I was in; I was OK.
I look forward to the day that a lot of the folks that you all talk about and cover on this network will begin to market products for these families and for these kids coming out of junior high school and high school all across the country.
Junior high is so much worse than high school because at least in high school different is more accepted, celebrated actually: all the girls with blue hair and gothic Hello Kitty backpacks.
I played in garage bands and rock and roll bands when I was in junior high and high school and saw some of the great talents of all time in the local area where I lived.
Growing up in Houston I did go through the public school system. I went to Parker Elementary, Johnston Junior High and Westbury Senior High.
There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go.
Spiderman was my favorite comic book character growing up. I’m a geek, so I love the fact Peter Parker is into science. And I gravitate towards short guys. I’m 5′ 9″ now, but in junior high, I got picked on because I was 4′ 8″.
I wish I had never got manic depression. When I was in junior high, I didn’t know what was the matter with me. It was as if I’d died or something. Now that I go to a clinic and get the right kind of medicine, I am not as depressed as I used to be.
I came from Long Island, so I had a lot of experience at the stick. I played in junior high school, then I played in high school. The technical aspect of the game was my forte. I had all that experience, then I had strength and I was in good condition.
I never really loved school through junior high, but then I started running track my freshman year, and I was just like, ‘Wow, this is cool!’
I discovered that I wanted to be an actor back when I did my first play in junior high. I’ve been doing theater in junior high and high school, and I just kept feeding the fire, kept wanting to pursue acting full-on.
When I was in junior high school, I knew I really wanted to sing.
It’s interesting how there are a few times in your life when you get to reinvent yourself. Like the beginning of junior high or high school, and certainly when you go off to college.
Even in junior high, I always knew I had a talent for music and I knew I could make money that way.
My earliest thought, long before I was in high school, was just to go away, get out of my house, get out of my city. I went to Medford High School, but even in grade school and junior high, I fantasized about leaving.
I didn’t know what my passion was until I discovered the dramatic arts in junior high and high school and I realized, ‘Oh, I like this. This is something I feel like I’m good at.’ But, the idea of moving to Hollywood and becoming an actor was really unrealistic.
I come from a family of educators. My sister is a college teacher. My dad is a college teacher, but first a junior high teacher.
I was born in Nashville, Tenn., but I have lived in a number of places. In 1937, I moved to Baltimore, Md., where I attended junior high and high school. I lived there for five years before leaving for college.
When I got into junior high school, that’s when my mom let me dress how I wanted to dress. Up to that point I wore suits to school all the time.
I spent my childhood in Newfoundland and then my junior high and high school years in Alberta, Canada.
I had done some commercial work in junior high and stuff – my mother would bring me into the city, and we’d go on these crazy castings. Acting was something I always dreamed of doing… it was my passion when I was young.
My junior high school teacher, Bennie Williams, was really more than a music teacher. She taught us poetry. She helped us put on school shows. She did all these kinds of things to help us stand in each other’s shoes, and it was a really powerful time. That’s when I discovered that I could sing.
Probably around junior high, I became obsessed with films.
In junior high school, I learned that I could be good at school. I remember liking the freedom to choose classes and the pleasure of learning and doing well. My perseverance and love of reading had somehow allowed me to overcome many disadvantages of dyslexia, and I read a lot of books for pleasure.
There was kind of a pivotal moment in my life in junior high school when my English teacher told me I should be a part of the public speaking competition.
I’m happy that I know how to speak ‘Southern.’ I spent a lot of time in Alabama throughout my life. I even lived there for part of junior high and high school, so I learned the true beauty and mastery of the Southern dialect. ‘Y’all’ is one of the greatest and most useful words ever invented.
I’ve had the zeroes since junior high school. We didn’t have enough numbered shirts to go around, so my shirt was called double zero. I liked it, so I kept it.
Even though I was a reluctant reader in junior high and high school, I found myself writing poems in the back of class.
I acted in junior high in the junior high school group, and then when I got into senior high I was, you know, the main actor of the senior high school.
I knew Rocky George, the guitar player, ’cause I went to junior high school with him, so I’ve known him for many years.
When I was growing up, in L.A., I went to these schools, Fairfax High School, Bancroft Junior High School, and they had great music departments. I always played in the orchestra, the jazz band, the marching band.
In the second half of primary school, I liked live-action shows and giant-monster movies, and then in junior high, I got into regular movies.
I think that the mere fact that I’m doing it ought to inspire someone. In junior high school the counselor suggested that I focus on wood shop and metal shop.
I was president of the schools in junior high and high school, got a scholarship to New York University, played a little basketball, and was a celebrity.
In junior high, I was still writing poems and stories. In college, I was a journalism major. When I got out of college, I went to work for an educational publisher, so I was still writing, developing curriculums.
I played a little basketball. Some football in junior high.
As I got older, I lived right next next to the Long Island Railroad, so in junior high and high school I’d just jump on the train with friends and head to the city. We’d run away from the conductors, hide from them in the bathroom. It was just what you did.
As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.
Most of the time I liked school and got good grades. In junior high, though, I hit a stumbling block with math – I used to come home and cry because of how frustrated I was! But after a few good teachers and a lot of perseverance, I ended up loving math and even choosing it as a major when I got to college.
I’ve been a loner all my life, so it didn’t bother me that Hungarian was my first language and that I had to learn English. I had a pretty heavy accent in junior high school and would say things like ‘wolume control’ instead of ‘volume control.’
When I was in school, I was very involved with a lot of things. I was very very active. I couldn’t say that I wasn’t popular. I was a cheerleader when I was in junior high. I didn’t make it in high school so I started a dance line.
I couldn’t wait to get out of school in junior high to get with Willie Green to pick up some of the riffs he knew.
I’d play every position when I was in elementary school and junior high. I was playing as guard, too.
I had a classic gym teacher in junior high who wore a weightlifter’s belt all the time.
I got into a fight with a kid in junior high, and then we became friends after that.
I told everyone through high school and junior High I guarantee by time 24, I’ll be signed with WWE, and that’s exactly what happened. I didn’t go on to main even WrestleMania obviously, but the whole WWE accomplishment was checked off, and I got to experience that and it’s cool.
I was in every band class I could get in, like after school jazz band and marching band, and that’s where I really learned to read music from elementary all the way through junior high and high school.
When I was in junior high school, friends and I were in a consciousness-raising group, a term that now seems quaint like a butter churn, but it was very powerful. It was a really wonderful experience.
What’s funny is that the idea of popularity – even the use of the word ‘popular’ – is something that had been mostly absent from my life since junior high. In fact, the hallmark of life after junior high seemed to be the shedding of popularity as a central concern.
I have liked games for a very long time but when I saw ‘Gradius’ at the arcade as a junior high student, I became certain that in the future all forms of entertainment will be taken over by video games.
I never intended to be a teacher, but once I started teaching, I found that junior high kids are easy to get hooked on, and I stayed for nearly twenty years.
I don’t think I really know just how cool Satan really was when I was in Junior High School. Now, thanks to Marilyn Manson, it’s no longer a secret.
In junior high, I sang in madrigals, men’s’ and women’s’ choir. I played piano too, but then I got out of it.
I had a nickname in junior high, and I’m loathe to say this: ‘potato lady.’
I did the marching band all throughout junior high and high school. Music was one of my favorite things in school.
I hate ‘girlfriend’ because it sounds so temporary. It’s very junior high.
I’ve known my two best girlfriends since junior high school.
In junior high school, I was an object of pure ridicule for my dress, withdrawal, and asocial manner. Dozens of times, I saw individuals laugh and smile more in ten to fifteen minutes than I did in all my life up to then.
The first time I ever did a play, in junior high school, I said to myself, ‘Hey, people like me doing this. I’m making them laugh.’
I didn’t play JV because I went straight to varsity and started as a 10th grader – that was back in the day when you could not play varsity as a ninth grader. I went right from playing junior high football to varsity.
The thing that really struck me when I went to junior high was class. I grew up on a pretty poor street, but the school district I was in included some fine neighborhoods – so I got to know a couple of the kids from those places and went to their houses and experienced such culture shock.
When I was in junior high, a foreign-history teacher started a theater class. So I got my feet wet there and through high school, so I was very fascinated with acting as a means of expression.
I didn’t want to go to college – I was bored by junior high. So I was in church one day, staring at the stained glass windows and thinking about things, when suddenly I decided that if I could start selling cartoons to magazines, they’d let me quit high school.
The whole reason I like these virus movies is because I read ‘The Stand’ when I was in junior high and thought it was the greatest book I’d ever read.
I actually ran in junior high school a little bit, you know, like most kids do in track and things. Then I got out of it and just trained for football and played ball for so many years – high school, college and the NFL.
I’ve been thinking of humorous things since I was… I can’t remember when. All the way through elementary school, all the way through junior high, all the way through high school, through college and after college, I was thinking of the same kinds of things that I say in front of an audience now.
I’m a huge fan of Tolkien. I read those books when I was in junior high school and high school, and they had a profound effect on me. I’d read other fantasy before, but none of them that I loved like Tolkien.
With music, you’ve got to find ways to get paid again, ’cause all the cool kids in junior high school and high school, they think you’re wack if you pay for music.
When I was in fifth grade, there were many girls who were good at math, but when I was in junior high school, I was taking intermediate algebra and I looked around the class and realized I was the only girl.
By junior high, I was a horrible student. But during my sophomore year of high school, I did have a fabulous English teacher, and I would go to school just for her class and then skip out afterwards. That’s actually when I started writing, although I didn’t think of it then as something I might someday do.
My initial training was on the keyboard – mainly the great American songbook. In junior high, during the day, I was a classical clarinetist, but after school, I played New Orleans jazz and big-band music.
I’ve lived most of my life in Manhattan, but I lived in Brooklyn for a while as a kid. I went to junior high school there. Girls in Brooklyn have to be tough – I mean real tough – just to get by. It’s life in the combat zone.
I’ve loved football since I was in the marching band of junior high and high school and was the water girl for my high school’s team.
I played football and ran track in junior high, but by high school I was getting serious about my studies.
I found out a lot of stuff through MTV, and I didn’t even have cable, I just saw it at friends’ houses. But my culture in junior high was totally influenced by it.
Here is a secret that no one has told you: Real life is junior high.
I don’t know if I was popular in high school. My school was actually not really clique-y, which was nice. I went to a very artsy school, so everyone was kind of friends with each other. I was trying to be popular more, like, in junior high and elementary school and dealt with all that backstabbing and drama.
I played every sport you could play until junior high and then I had to start picking a couple because there were conflicts in seasons.
I was the only black girl at my junior high school. I had an afro, a Jamaican accent, I looked really old.
Starting in junior high school, through high school, I was very into metal or black metal and death metal specifically.
In spite of being so absorbed in comics when I was in primary school, for whatever reason, I stopped reading them that much once I started junior high. I think it’s probably because I got caught up in movies and TV.
Pilot season can be maddening. You’re basically putting yourself and your talent out there to be scrutinized several times a day for months by network executives who have probably never acted in anything since their junior high school production of ‘The Wiz.’
In seventh grade, with some vague sense that I wanted to be a writer, I crouched in the junior high school library stacks to see where my novels would eventually be filed. It was right after someone named Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. So I grabbed a Vonnegut book, ‘Breakfast of Champions’ and immediately fell in love.
In junior high, when we got our first VCR, I used to tape four soaps a day. I was a diehard ‘General Hospital’ fan from when I was nine to 25.
In junior high school, I had this singing group called The Halsey Trio. We would sing songs by The Temptations at school assemblies, so I figured I could do something like that again.
When I was young, I wanted to be like the rappers. I remember being in junior high and wanting a fisherman hat and a link because EPMD had one. I wanted to wear Adidas because Run-DMC wore Adidas. As I came into my own, I just wanted to do me.
When I was in elementary school, we weren’t allowed to do sports other than cheerleading. By junior high, they let us play, but we had to come back after 6:30 p.m. to practice because there was only one gymnasium and the boys used it first.
I started acting in junior high. I was in ‘Guys and Dolls.’ I was Stanley Kowalski. In my head, before coming to Hollywood, I thought, ‘I can play anything.’
My best friend and I went to sleep-away camp every summer. We’d share stories of making out with boys, but we never did, so we made it all up. My real first kiss was at a friend’s house when I was in junior high. He was such a good kisser, and we’re still close friends!
We are already expected to be the goodie two shoes. I went through that during my junior high schools where I wasn’t allowed to watch television. I wasn’t allowed to listen to the radio.
My mom and I have always been really close. She’s always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.
My father gave me Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ when I was in junior high; my junior high, angst-filled soul responded to that.
I think I was scared of the drag thing, as a lot of gay boys are. It’s sort of knocked out of you in junior high. I wouldn’t find guys who were very feminine attractive. Then, doing ‘Hedwig,’ I got to be man and woman, really butch and really femme at the same time, and I realized, this is kind of the ideal.
When we first started in Huntington Recreation with John Capobianco, we put four kids in the Golden Gloves finals. We didn’t even have a ring. We trained at Stimson Junior High School. They give us the gym three nights a week. We used to box in the gym – no ring, just on the gym floor.
When I was in junior high school, the teachers voted me the student most likely to end up in the electric chair.
I played Little League in junior high and high school.