From High School Friends to Navy Chiefs
Grade School Buddies Reunite at SERMC, Pin on Anchors
Juan Chumpitaz and Jerieric (pronounced "Jerry-Eric") Hall Pringle met in grade school, the summer before sixth grade to be exact. They can't remember exactly how they met, but think it may have been a fight.
The two have been friends since scrapping against each other while attending rival middle schools, Chumpitaz at Edison Intermediate School, and Hall Pringle at Roosevelt Middle. They played sports together though, and found they had mutual friends. By high school, they were best friends.
"In high school, we were enrolled together in something called Project 79. It was a program for students who were under-performing," Hall Pringle said.
"We weren't idiots," Chumpitaz said.
"We just had poor academic habits," Hall Pringle finished.
They got into a lot of fights, and were in and out of trouble with authorities. To try to get on the right side of the law, they took advantage of a program sponsored by the local police. Friday nights were spent at Teen Night, a facility in the basement of a building behind the police station where teens could go to avoid the trappings of urban life, a place where kids could shoot pool and play other games in an effort to stay off the streets.
"There were never actually any police there though," said Hall Pringle. "And a lot of fights took place because there was nobody there to break it up."
We were really immature," said Chumpitaz.
They graduated Westfield High School at 18 years old - oh, and they were born three days apart - Hall Pringle on February 22 and Chumpitaz the 25th.