Saturday, April 17, 2021

How to Find Your Highschool Classmates


For many people, high school was a great time socially. Four years of eight-hour days, usually with all the same people, tends to end up making close friendships. Plenty of people retained those friendships after high school ended, but unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t. Even with the best intentions, you can just fall away from people, and you’ll realize all of a sudden that you miss one of those great high school friends.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Thirty-year high school reunions aren’t the only place where you get to reconnect with the people you loved through those four years; you can track those people down all by yourself. All it takes is a little hard work, a little brains, and a dedication to getting that information, and you’ll be meeting up again before you know it.

Look Around Social Media

There are over one billion people on a social media website of some kind, and many of those people are on more than one. Many social media sites also allow you to add where you went to get your PhD, your degree, and, yes, your high school diploma. It could be as simple as searching up where you went for high school and looking at all the people who have stated that they went to that particular high school. If you went to a bigger high school, this could require a bit of digging, but it’s a great starting point.

If that doesn’t turn up anything, try combining pieces of information you remember about your friends. Think about where they were planning on moving, what college they wanted to go to, what they wanted to study, and any other relevant information. Skim your searches for those things, and it could make it substantially easier for you to find them. With the incredibly wide networks that form on social media, you could even end up finding them through the friend of a friend, or something similarly close!

Ask People Who Would Know Both of You

In keeping with the idea of asking a friend of a friend, you can also try the old-fashioned way of going through other people. If you’re looking for a specific friend, and you already know one or two other old high school friends, maybe they know something that you don’t. Maybe they were in contact more recently than you were, or maybe one of their friends is still in contact. Maybe they’re still friends, and they just didn’t even know you were looking!

Mutual friends aren’t the only people you could go through, either. Maybe your older brother went to school with their older brother, so they remember your friend through proxy. Maybe your mom remembers some pieces of information from back when they would spend the night at your house. The closer friends you were to the classmates you want to reconnect with, the easier it’ll likely be, because you’ll have more information to go off. Let your friends and family fill you in with as much information as they have. More options are never a bad thing!

Search for Them, In an Overarching Sense

Just plugging an old classmate’s name into a search engine likely won’t yield great results. Unless their parents invented their name or it was an incredibly unique combination, there are probably thousands of people with their same name! You need a better way that’s not just throwing their name around and hoping a search engine recognizes what you’re trying to do in an effective manner.

PeopleFinders can help. Break out your yearbook and find their full name, plug it into PeopleFinders with their city, and you’ll get your information in an efficient, cost-effective manner. You’ll even get extra information, because PeopleFinders has a public records database that allows you to get census information like birthdays, and contact information over the years!


It can be a great feeling when you finally reconnect with someone from high school. You have a lot of memories with those people, and it’s great to be able to see where you’ve gone from there, how you’ve improved, what things you’ve accomplished, and everything else that was just a dream when you graduated. The easiest, quickest, and most cost-effective way to do that is PeopleFinders.

Get in contact with the people you loved for those four years. Don’t think about how much you miss them and wish you could see them — get in touch with them and think about how happy you are that they’re here again!


PeopleFinders was launched in 1999 to give people easy access to public records data. The PeopleFinders mission is to find, organize and make information accessible - empowering people with meaningful answers.

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