A few Massachusetts high schools are beating out schools around the country for the top spots on a nationwide ranking--a ranking that doesn’t measure grades, attendance, or athletic records, but their students dedication to making internet memes.
Beverly High School topped the list with the most posts on the newly founded website High School Memes where students poke fun at their school’s idiosyncrasies and laugh at inside jokes with the help of images from pop culture and cartoons that have become staples in meme making.
Acton Boxborough Regional High School and Newton South High School came in at three and four respectively, and Brookline High School ranked nine, as of 6 a.m. Friday. The other schools rounding out the top ten were in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and California.
Memes usually feature a simple photograph of one person or thing with a funny caption that follows a certain format to rib at a trend, group, or universal problem--like using the wrong meme.
Some of the high school memes feature problems that last through generations (like the teacher forgetting to assign homework) while others are so school specific anyone who is not a student there can only scratch their heads.
Local high school students have been posting about everything from intimidating lunch servers to test taking.
A post from Brookline High School using the so-called “Y U No Guy” reads, “Lunch ladies y u no let me take a spoon, for God’s sake its just a spoon”.
While a post from Beverly High School features a Husky puppy staring into the camera with icy blue eyes and the caption, “Chicle?! En la basura,” quoting a phrase students often hear from their Spanish teachers ordering them to spit out gum.
Area high school students are not the first to get excited about memes. Boston college students spent the fall using images of their school mascots to make memes and many now have pages on Campus Memes, a site similar to High School Memes. And Hillary Clinton got into the meme game when a couple of communications consultants created Texts from Hillary recently.
While some of those memes are school-based, memes can offer a world of possibilities. Could a Boston or Massachusetts meme page be next?