Miranda, CA, 2014, B
I always had a vague sense of South Fork High as a shit hole but when you’re a kid there’s too much else going on and such impressions wash right over you. On a brief visit last weekend my impression was confirmed. The decrepitude was unmistakable. Of course it always was falling apart, even when I was a student there 1983-87. But it’s now 27 years further along. It’s a small public high school in the middle of nowhere, pulling 300 kids from a 30 mile radius. Decay comes with the territory. Poor funding, poor demographics, poor expectations. Not much homework. I spent most of my time there reading novels. Yup, it’s a true shit hole where I had some of the best experiences of my life.