Central’s held up well over the years. Some things have changed, and others, not so much. Using the 1987 yearbook and a 2019 survey, the following tables are a compilation of what students of their time, claim to be the best of the best in many categories. From favorite singers to favorite memories, here are comparisons of Central senior’s top five “favorites,” in 1987 and 2019.
|1987 Favorite Singers/ Groups||2019 Favorite Singers/ Groups|
Central’s seniors created a very different list of artists in 2019 than they did in 1987. Many more rappers have become popular recently, compared to 1987’s mainly pop artist list.
|1987 Favorite Songs||2019 Favorite Songs|
|You Give Love a Bad Name|
Twist and Shout
Take My Breath Away
The Central Fight Song
|Magic in the Hamptons|
Love is Overrated
Talk to Me
In 1987, Central’s seniors showed more school spirit by choosing “The Central Fight Song” as one of their favorite songs. In 2019, Central’s seniors showed a wider range in music taste through their very different, favorite songs.
|1987 Favorite Actors||2019 Favorite Actors|
Michael B Jordan
Most 1987’s favorite actors are still very well known today. They may not be the same as high school senior’s favorite actors now, but the talent and popularity of 1987 actors were not lost over the years.
|1987 Favorite Movie||2019 Favorite Movies|
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
About Last Night
Stand By Me
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Jurassic Park 3
Empire Strikes Back
Classic movies like “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are still watched today, as well as many great new action movies and dramas.
|1987 Favorite Hangout||2019 Favorite Hangout|
Where the L.K.’s aren’t
|My little nook on campus to smoke|
Anthony Erlinger’s House
The Devine’s Basement
A few places have changed, but the U of I’s campus and friends’ houses are still Central senior’s top favorite places to hang out.
|1987 Favorite Sayings||2019 Favorite Sayings|
|Like a dog|
That is butt-ugly!
Golly gee no ossifer, we haven’t been drinking
You be illin’
That’s the ticket
|Zoo wee mama!|
Love that for me
Pass the luuj
We’re on dirt
Funny slang has changed over the years, but high schoolers are going to be high schoolers and say inappropriate things, whether it’s 1987’s “Golly gee no ossifer,” or 2019’s “pass the luuj.”
|1987 Favorite Memory|
Ditching the cops from Hessel one night, and ditching them from Yaxley’sthe next
Getting a ring with my prom dinner
Junior year band trip to Chicago
Playing football at Central
|2019 Favorite Memory|
|Standing underneath a waterfall in the Grand Canyon with my aunt, |
screaming at the top of our lungs
My first NBA game
Singing in the car with my brother
Spanish trip to Spain
Even though one year a student’s favorite memory was getting proposed to at the Central prom, and another year a student simply enjoyed singing in the car with her brother, highschool experiences over the years aren’t all that different. Through all the media and social change over the past 32 years, some things never changed. Whether it’s school trips to fun places or playing sports with your team, with the right people, at the right school, students 32 years apart can experience the same great things.