If you’re a college freshman, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the “turkey dump.” The crudely-named phenomenon allegedly occurs over Thanksgiving break, when college students go back home and end things with their high school sweethearts. With high school relationships on the brain this time of year, J-14 is attempting to answer the eternal question: do high school relationships last? The short answer is yes…and no. Some relationships do, some relationships don’t, and there’s no crystal ball that will tell you which camp you fall into. Sorry, folks. 

Every person’s situation is different, but we’ve rounded up a variety of real-life stories, addressing nearly every possible outcome, from brutal breakups to marriages lasting over 40 years. So, can high school relationships last? Read on to gain some perspective. Here, we address all the questions you’ve been dying to ask!

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