In my high-school we tried running a sandwich for student government as our senior prank. He didn’t win, but someone did throw a sandwich at the girl who did during her acceptance speech.
Here, pranksters and miscreants tell their own stories of how their antics causes total chaos. Enjoy! And make sure to check out the sources at the bottom for even more.
1. A prank fit for a Queen.
The seniors at my school decided to do their prank at the worst time possible: during the Queen’s visit to Australia in 2011. In retrospect it was pretty stupid considering how much security was there. However, right in the middle of assembly, the speakers actually started blasting I’m Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO.
Everyone thinks it’s a technical problem and laughs for a minute until 5 or 6 half naked dudes wearing their underwear run out with masks or shirts on their head. They throw 2 orange smoke bombs which crack and explode like a gunshot.
They ran around a couple times and escaped onto the oval where they were caught by the teachers, followed by the police coming to question them. A teacher afterwards was talking about how there were snipers in place for the Queen and how stupid it was to do such a prank. Prank was great for getting out of assembly, not so great for asthmatics.
2. We hired some extra security for prom night.
My friend stole official stationery from the dean’s office the week before prom. She used it to send a letter out to all the students’ homes saying their would be a body cavity search to ensure no drugs were brought in. Parents flipped and a big uproar ensued.
She later shook the dean’s hand and apologized.
3. Planting an olive branch.
Our high school had some pretty vicious pranks the few years prior to mine, including: All the locks got glued shut, all the bus tires got slit and spray-paint vandalism. They all ended up costing our school a lot of money, and we were from a poor school that couldn’t afford to cut any more corners with their budget.
Our class didn’t want to leave the same kind of disrespectful impression, so instead of pulling a prank on the school we just went their in the middle of the night and planted a tree in one of the courtyards.
The janitor spotted us and was so relieved that we weren’t doing something malicious that he even helped us find a spot where the tree would be safe from renovations on the school grounds. The tree is still there today.
Maybe not a hilarious prank, but it felt good to give something positive to the school.
The class above me had the best prank I have seen. They removed the door moulding of the staff room, and dry walled over the current door. Painted it, touched it up, making it look like part of the wall. To top it all off they bought a plant and placed it in front of where the door should have been. It was hilarious watching the teachers walk past and do a double take as they looked for the non-existent door.
5. Clean pranks can be funny too.
I took this bottle of cleaning spray, washed it out really well, then filled it with sugar-free blue Powerade so it looked exactly like real cleaning fluid. Then I strategically placed the bottle on top of a filing cabinet when my teacher wasn’t there.
After a day of the bottle sitting there, I made my move. (Story continues…)
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It was my lunch period and I had to drop a file off for her so I headed down to her 7th period class and handed her the flash drive.
As she’s copying the file from the drive, I’m discovering this bottle. The conversation, that took place in front of a class full of onlookers is as follows:
Me: Is this your cleaning solution? Open the cap and smell it
Her: No, leave it alone.
Me: I bet you I could drink the whole bottle.
I then proceeded to chug the the contents of the bottle as ~30 kids looked on in horror and she 1. Got out of her chair 2. Made a mad dash towards me standing 30 ft away and 3. Snatched the bottle from me while recoiling in fear of my imminent death
You know when you laugh so hard your abs hurt and it actually turns painful?– That’s what I felt after this. It was a good day.
6. Gets me every time.
I asked for permission to “perform a song” over the school intercom system, with a friend who was in the acapella group. We got permission, and all the teachers were told to set aside the last five minutes of the second class. We then played that Rick Astley song VERY loudly.
It was 2008, when that song was still popular.
7. You little stinkers.
Some people hid exposed fruit all over the school–nowhere difficult to place, but in every garbage can, bathroom stall, and stairwell. Some people smelled it and thought that there was a gas leak, causing a four hour evacuation.
It was epic.
8. Fowl play.
Someone who lived near the football field would walk to the centre of the field, blow a whistle and spread bird seed. The birds became trained to hear the whistle, and at kickoff of the first game of the year…
9. Pranking in protest.
Mine was simple. The school just implemented a new policy that once the bell rang for class, the teaches locked the door. So, if you were late for class, you were no longer tardy, but truant. The only way the teach would let you into class was a note from the principal’s office. Effectively instead of being a few SECONDS late for class, you were now multiple minutes late.
I thought this was a very stupid idea. So, I put it to a test. Me and my friend made a bunch of fliers instructing everyone to be late on “x” date at “y” time (last class on a Friday). We handed out the fliers on both lunch hours to everyone (I did one lunch, and my friend did the other).
…and it worked. The office was flooded with kids. We had close to 80+ kids show up late for 8th period class (last class of the day). Kids were just sitting (hanging out) in the hallway waiting for a pass. It took so long for them to write a “return to class” slip, that most kids didn’t even make back to class before the last bell rang to go home.
The policy was changed the next week, and that was the only prank I pulled.
10. Goodness gracious, great balls of bouncy.
About 15-20 of my friends chipped in a few bucks each and bought about 10,000 tiny bouncy balls. We put a few hundred in a bunch of different bags and planned a drop time that would allow for each of us to be in a different part of the school and create maximum chaos. (Story continues…)
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Between third and fourth periods while students were moving between classes, we ripped open the bags, dropped the balls and scrambled for cover/a hiding place. Everyone went crazy. Balls were whipping by peoples head. Windows were breaking. Pure bedlam. It delayed the next period by about half an hour and for the next couple of weeks you couldn’t walk down the hall without having to keep and eye out for a rouge bouncy ball being whipped at the back of your head.
Best part is that no one was punished.
11. Way too casual Friday.
Our public school had just instituted a polo-khaki dress code. A lot of people were livid, considering a decent number of people couldn’t even afford to buy 5 different options for weekly attire.
So I decided to organize a senior prank which was just a dress down day. Everyone spread the message around, and the faculty didn’t know. It was going to be awesome; the student body was so enthusiastic.
The morning of, we met by the smokestacks and we were gonna walk in together like a crowd of beautiful anarchy. Except there were only three of us. We walked in anyway. We still had our pride.
In-school suspension was kind of fun, I guess.
12. I’m two steps ahead of you.
We used to zip tie people to their chairs.
Once in a while the teacher was out we did a little prep work. Then zip tied a kid to a chair. The teacher reaches into to her desk to get scissors and realizes we zip tied the scissors shut.
13. That’s a capital offence in Canada.
We didn’t even get to do one because when my brother had graduated (four years prior), they banned a bunch of kids from attending the graduation banquet. They’d put on overalls and hockey masks and assaulted kids with mustard. They’d also poured maple syrup all over the hallways. The floors were EXTREMELY sticky…. Such a waste of maple syrup.
And yes, I’m Canadian.
14. You can be my wingman anytime.
I rode through the halls on my razor scooter wearing nothing but aviators, cowboy boots, and my tighty-whities while the top gun theme song was being blared through the intercom. (Story continues…)
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A few minutes later I was tackled by my principal broke free left my scooter behind and sprinted out of the building. I got one day of in school my suspension and my parents had to go get my scooter and hear from the principal why it had been confiscated.
15. You think you have a hard time finding parking?
At my high school, parents would always use the student parking lot to drop off their kids. This wasn’t allowed (but was never enforced), as it always caused huge traffic jams/lines in the morning and often made the other students late to class.
For our prank, about 50 seniors arrived at 6am to arrange their cars in the lot to make a very long, winding maze. The space created was only wide enough for a single car to navigate, so it took about 15 minutes to weave through. On top of that, the maze cars were parked so close together that the parents couldn’t drop off their kids unless the kid wanted to climb over a car’s hood.
Then we all sat around eating donuts and watching supremely pissed off parents weave through the maze only to drop off their kid elsewhere.
16. Animal house.
Before I was at my high school, some seniors released the animals from the barn (my school has an Agriculture Magnet Program) into the school. There was a horse stuck at the top of the stairs.
17. Legendary pranks of yesteryear.
By the time my grade had their turn, school policy had become so strict that nobody could get away with much. Also, our crack squad of janitors arrived at like 5 a.m. and cleaned all but the very worst of pranks.
However, a few still live in infamy from years past. Some of which I saw very real evidence of when I was a kid.
The main eating area at my school was recessed into the ground by about 2-3 feet, and had 3 steps leading down to it. This area was the size of an average cafeteria, but this was in northern California, so it was outdoors (there was a roof, but no walls). One year, the drains at the bottom were stopped up, and hoses filled the entire thing, turning it into a very shallow, cold, dirty pool. But the kicker was the hundreds of pounds of gelatin powder that was mixed in, turning it into one big jello lake. (Story continues…)
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Another year, the same eating area was, once again, stoppered and flooded. This time it was filled with about 2,000 tiny frogs. This one I know really happened, as the older brothers of 2 of my friends ended up “rescuing” (keeping) dozens of the frogs an releasing them into their own back yards.
Story tells of a year when the seniors bought a couple truckloads of manure, and spread it over the entire parking lot one night, and then succeeded in calling the entire student body to let them know of a mandatory before-school meeting (everyone showed up to school an hour early to a parking lot full of crap).
A teacher of mine shared a couple more. The first was that students removed all of the chairs from an entire wing of the school, and stacked them 8-10 high on the quad. This was corroborated by another teacher, so may in fact be true.
He also told me of some students who cut a VW beetle in half in the shop class, then welded it back together, around the flagpole.
My school had a good past, it would seem. My year apparently stuck spaghetti in the locks, squirted superglue in them, and glued a penny over the door locks. This, in my mind, was a totally uncool move as it cost the school $10 thousand in repairs, and we didn’t have the money to spare.
18. So long and thanks for all the fish.
Not mine but my Father’s story.. In his school there was a set of glass doors, about 5ft later another set of doors. This essentially created a rectangle that was sealed relatively tight with a tile floor. My brilliant Father and friends decided this entry space would also make an ideal fish tank. One of his friend’s parents was a custodian so gaining access to the school was as easy as taking the keys.
During a weekend, they completely sealed all the openings where water could possibly leak out and ran a hose over the top. They filled to what my Dad thinks was about 2 ft and then put 81 gold fish in as 1981 was the year he graduated. Now if you knew my Dad you would never suspect a guy like him to do anything like this. He was a classic goody goody all through school until this incident.
19. An accomplished prankster.
I was a part of a few good ones:
- Moved a good amount of the library shelves (small library) so they were right against each other; you couldn’t get at any of the books. Used the newly open space to put in a trampoline.
- Erected walls throughout the main hallway of the school, with openings on the left, then right, then left…so you had to zigzag the whole way.
- The class before us, but some friends and I assisted a little: dismantled an old Chevy truck (just the body and frame + interior, no engine, etc) and put it together inside the student lounge.
The car had the wow factor, but I liked the walls best. Mostly because each opening in the walls you zig-zagged through had a beam about a foot off of the floor. This was done when the news was always blaring about school bags being too heavy. Grades 6-12 were all in the one building, and a lot of middle schoolers had roller bags.
The traffic jam that was caused when they had to lift their bags over each step was, in a word, delicious.
20. Are you sure they weren’t actually shooting a music video?
This isn’t really a senior prank, but every year my old high-school lets the seniors go wild throwing papers and whatnot on the final day of class. We, naturally, call this the paper throw.
When it was my class’ turn we didn’t end up throwing just paper; people were able to remove the ceiling tiles and throw those at people. People brought champagne bottles and started popping bottles all over the faculty and the other students. A class-wide mosh pit started to form. (Story continues…)
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My graduating class was a little over 800 kids, so this got crazy pretty quick. We eventually ended up tearing down a row of lockers, and people were standing on them chanting “WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION!” over and over.
The staff tried to calm everything down, blowing whistles and doing whatever they thought would work, yet nothing did.
Once this all was over, I walked out of my high-school covered in bruises and countless papercuts, wearing nothing but my pants and the remains of my shirt, completely drenched in alcohol. My friends and I drove away while hanging out of the doors of a van yelling like Spartans, and flirted with the girls in the car in front of us.
Thinking back on it all it sounds completely unbelievable, like out of some ridiculous comedy movie, but it was oh so real, and boy was it a good day.
21. The anticipation is always better than the reveal.
Me and my friends have a plan to get a giant box with “senior prank inside” painted on and then lock it and put it in the middle of the commons area.
22. No refunds on gifts.
Unfortunately, my high school principal was a jerk and harshly forbade any senior pranks. When the end of the school year was approaching, every year, he’d get on the PA during morning announcements and sneer to the student body that any attempt, no matter how minor, to pull a senior prank would automatically result in an automatic week-long suspension, in school suspension upon return, and would not be allowed to participate in graduation (basically no one even bothered to try).
So, instead, the senior class would give the principal a “gift” as they crossed the stage at graduation. The senior class before mine (over 300 students) each handed the principal an envelope as their name was called. Now, at my high school, if your car violated parking regulation, they would put these huge orange warning stickers on one of your door windows. These things were IMPOSSIBLE to get off. Each envelope contained pieces of these stickers that the seniors had peeled off their cars over a period of two years.
The year I graduated (355 students), our “gift” was one bottle cap each. At my school, students were allowed to bring water bottles from home if they wanted to grab something to drink throughout the day (was especially helpful for the athletes). Thus, our principal received 355 bottle caps on my graduation day for his “gift”.