The defining Miami question: “What high school did you go to?”

This post is part of a series we’re calling Miamipedia, it’s a collection of people, words and phrases unique to our city that’ll help you #livelikeyoulivehere.

WHAT IS IT? A non-scientific, psychological evaluation of the kind of person you are based on what high school you went to in Miami-Dade County.

WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL? It’s one of those things that isn’t ever really explained, but you know it once a person announces their particular alma mater. It can reflect or validate something about their personality, their friend circles, how they ended up at the college they chose (note: college choice hardly ever holds the same weight in these convos) and how they ended up in their profession. The phenomenon even factors into how some folks view politicians.

And if that person went to your rival high school, it could potentially ruin a friendship. We should all probably grow up and leave high school in the past, but that’s not as fun.

Are you a transplant who wants help making this snap judgement about your new friends? This Twitter thread by @el__nuno makes it really plain, in Vine form.

USAGE: “Oh, you went to Belen? Hmm. What? Oh, nothing that’s just… interesting.”

We’ll be rolling out more entries in the Miamipedia in the coming months but we know there’s stuff we haven’t thought about. Let us know in the comments or email [email protected] to tell us any other suuuper Miami terms, phrases and people we should include.