Friday, September 24, 2010

Taylor Swift’s Former High School, Which Is Also My Former High School, Names Auditorium After Her; Names Nothing After Me

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 12:52 PM

I’m sure most of our readers are familiar with Hendersonville, yes? It’s that ivory, suburban haven about 30 minutes northeast of Music City where everyone’s father is a dentist and everyone’s mother has her real estate license — a very safe and relatively culturally flat oasis of upper-middle-classity. I spent about 18 years of my life there, and for four of those years, I was enrolled at the prestigious Hendersonville High School, home of the Commandos. Hendersonville High’s slogan is “A quality education for quality living,” if that tells you anything. Taylor “Babygirl Tay-Tay” Swift also happens to have attended HHS, though she was there shortly after I graduated and for only two years … thus, a romance between Taylor and me was never given the opportunity to blossom.

Well, CMT reports that my beloved alma mater has elected to name their auditorium in honor of Swift — the Sumner County School Board voted unanimously to do so, as a matter of fact. There will be a second meeting to confirm the decision, but that appears to be just a formality. Now Taylor, I know you played in that auditorium a few times, and I’m gonna let them name it after you … but I put on the greatest performance of all time in that auditorium. You may have heard about it. I played Raggedy Andy in a children’s theater production of Raggedy Ann and Andy in that auditorium. Epic acting — pretty big deal. I mean, come on HHS. Can’t I get a water fountain or vending machine named for me or something? What about that bench next to the cafeteria from which my buds and I used to shout things and toss fries at people? That corner of the parking lot where I smoked cigarettes every once in a while? You know, our resident bow-tie-wearing emo apologist J.R. Lind also attended HHS, and he won on Jeopardy! Twice! I mean, just because Tay-Tay is an internationally famous pop megastar doesn’t mean that she’s … wait a minute. What’s this?

[Swift] donated $75,000 to the school in 2009 to update the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium.

Oh. Seventy-five large. Fair enough. By the way, school board chairman Don Long made it clear that Swift did not request that the auditorium be named for her. Tay-Tay’s a class act.

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