Most of us remember high school as a pit of hormones, drama, and despair. But sometimes — just sometimes — it’s the place where lasting partnerships first begin to blossom.
Nobody expects high school relationships to last (and plenty of parents actively hope that they don’t). But the truth is that many high school sweethearts stay together, happily in love, for decades. Sometimes you just know.
Meet 11 exceptional couples who met in high school and are still together:
'We're a lot more patient with each other now,' Haley told INSIDER. 'And overall, we've learned to be more respectful of each other.'
Kim and Doug Heaton, both 53, went to a high school dance as friends. Later, they fell in love and married after they'd both graduated from college.
'Our 20s were full of newness and it was the most exciting, our 30s were full of children and it went the fastest, and our 40s were full of teenagers and it was the hardest,' they told INSIDER. 'Now, in our 50s, we are full of extra time, and it has proved to be the most fun so far.'
Tyler Kramer, 29, and his wife Sydney, 27, went to different high schools, but met in their local ska music scene back in 2004.
'We've been together all of my adult life,' Sydney told INSIDER. 'I've never questioned it. We completely understand one another. We're partners. It's pretty awesome.'
Kim Heaton learned from the best: Her parents, Lynda and David Olson (77 and 76, respectively) are also high school sweethearts. They have been married 55 years.
'Both of us have said we can't imagine having lived life without the other,' they told INSIDER. 'We were committed to making it together.'
This photo shows the couple standing in front of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park. Could there be a more perfect backdrop?
Jessie McKinney, 36, met her future husband Ryan, 37, in seventh grade French class. That day, she went home and told her sister that she'd found the man she was going to marry.
Julian, 31, and his wife Lindsay, 30, met at a high school soccer game. Now, they have been married for six years and have two kids.
Over the years, they have become communication masters. 'If something is bothering one of us, we listen to each other and figure out a way to fix it or accept it,' Lindsay told INSIDER. 'I can't remember the last time we got into a fight and I love that.
John Caras fell for his future wife Judy in an arcade. 'I looked across the room and saw Judy playing pinball,' he told INSIDER. 'My brother always tells the story of how he took one look at my face and knew I was a goner.'
Today, the couple, both 59, have been together 45 years. 'When we were young and would talk about our future, our number one goal was (and still is) to grow old together,' they told INSIDER.
Kirsten, 26, and Andrew, 27, met in a summer youth theatre program and continued dating despite attending different colleges. In fact, the distance never deterred them.
Note: For privacy reasons, Kirsten and Andrew have asked to be identified only by their first names.
'Every time we saw each other or talked, no more matter how infrequent, it was so joyful that there was no motivation to end the relationship,' Kirsten told INSIDER. Now, they live together and are planning a wedding for this fall.
Bennett, 24, developed a crush on her future husband Robert, 25, when they were on an eighth grade field trip. Soon, they were an official couple.
They tied the knot this summer. 'Robert and I have gone through our ups and downs and grown stronger because of it,' Bennett told INSIDER.
James and Danielle Weibert's first 'date' took place during an event at their high school gym. 'He grabbed my hand and I was so nervous!' Danielle told INSIDER. 'After the event was over he asked me out officially.'
Stephanie Joyce, 25, and her husband John, 26, met in middle school. 'Since we were only 14, our 'dates' consisted of snuggling up on the couch hoping our parents didn't tell us to give each other some space,' they told INSIDER.
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