Junior high school was the required destination for preparing for senior high school. Junior high for me was 7th, 8th and 9th grade. Senior high was 10th, 11th and 12th.
Ninth grade was great fun! You were at the top of the heap in a school that was bigger than your elementary school. We were kings in 9th grade after the arduous climb from 7th grade. The following year we had to begin the climb all over again as freshmen. Our lives were defined by starting over every few years, at the bottom of the pile. Churning and yearning to advance so we were no longer the new kids.
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