I graduated high school in 1987, when I was 15. My life would have been fucked up at that point anyway, whether or not I'd been advanced two grades in my prior academic career - my home life was absolutely hellish, horrorshow shit. However, I can't say being promoted ahead of my age peers did me any good. It short-circuited my aspirations to baseball and wrestling. I also started drinking and abusing drugs, hard, when I was 12 (my freshman year), and I didn't really stop until 1997. By way of overcompensation, I tried to push everything harder and be more of a "rebel" than other people in my grade, and that started a spiral that lasted for years.
I did get along with nearly everyone in my high school. I wouldn't say I was popular, but I had friends among the motorheads, the burnouts, the nerds, and the jocks, and only really clashed with some of the more narrow-minded rednecks. I was just another screw-up trying to get through. That said, I was a total spaz, and I'm still embarrassed to talk to anyone who remembers me from back then.
I still fall off the wagon occasionally - July 2006 was a pretty bad month for me, for instance, and I split up with my wife for two weeks. Long story. Long, bad story. Not just the drinking. Not even *mainly* the drinking. Just bad shit all around.
So, my high school years fucked me up for life, but less because of high school itself and more because of the other shit going on in my life. My undergrad years were kind of messed up, too, but much more fun. It took me 11 years to get my first BA, after numerous plunges into blissful near-oblivion, but I did have a blast. I hated every second of law school.
For some reason, my 20th reunion is next month, even though I graduated in 1987. I'd kind of like to go. I bear no grudges. But there really aren't that many people from the class of 1987 with whom I share any special bond - the people I really hung out with, the girls I dated, etc. were mostly from the class of 1989, since they were my age. So I'll probably sit it out, since it's about 1,000 miles away and I haven't been back to my home state in about ten years. Anyone I really want to visit, I'll just visit under other circumstances.