How to Find Friends From High School on Facebook

By Zicheng Ren

According to eBizMBA, Facebook is the most popular social networking site, or SNS, at the time of publication. Even if you haven't been in contact with your high school classmates for years or decades, the chances are good that if they use an SNS, it's going to be Facebook. When you find your old classmates on Facebook, you may need to send a friend request and have it accepted before being able to post on their wall or see their information, since some people hide their information from the public.

Find Friends by Searching Facebook

Step 1

Search Facebook for your friends. This is the most basic way to find someone. Type the person's name into the search bar at the top of the Facebook website when you are logged in. You can also type an email address into the search bar.

Step 2

Choose your friend from among the list that Facebook suggests. You will see several profile pictures and some information about the people on the list. If one of the pictures is your friend, or if the location, job or school information you see matches your friend, then select that person by clicking in the dark blue field to go to their personal Facebook page. This picture shows a search for a fictional "John Smith," but since it's a popular name, you can see that there are matches. If the first match was your friend, you would click it.

Step 3

Send a friend request to the high school classmate you've found. When you first land on your classmate's page, depending on their privacy settings, you may not be able to see much information. There are three different ways to send a friend request. Click on either of the "Add Friend" buttons or click on the "send him a friend request" link in blue. Your classmate will be notified of your request and, if they accept it, will be added to your friends list.

Find Friends by Using Your Current Friends List

Step 1

From the Facebook landing page, which is your News Feed, click either your profile picture or your Facebook name to go to your wall.

Step 2

Click "Friends" to view your current friends list.

Step 3

Choose a friend from the list who also went to high school with you. They are the most likely to have Facebook friends who are your old classmates. Click their profile picture or name to go to their Facebook page.

Step 4

Click "Friends" to view this person's Facebook friends, or scroll down the page to view a short list of their friends.

Step 5

Search your friend's friends list until you find a classmate from your high school that you are not already Facebook friends with. Click "Add Friend" to send this person a friend request. Your classmate will be notified of your request and, if they accept it, will be added to your friends list.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also search for friends on Facebook by importing a contacts list from an email account, Skype account, phone contact list, or other similar list. The method of doing so differs slightly based on what type of device you're using.
  • Facebook has a "Find Friends" button displayed next to the "Home" button on the title bar. Clicking this button will send you to a list of people Facebook recommends as a friend for you, based on your current friends and information in your profile such as where you live, work or went to school. You may or may not know these people, but if you some of them are friends from high school that you are searching for, you can send a friend request from this page.
  • Don't forget that some people may have changed their last names, often due to marriage, since high school. You can try to search for combinations of names of people who were dating if you think they may have gotten married.
  • Some people don't use their real name as their Facebook name. If you have friends who are family members or close friends of the person you are searching for, you can look through their friends lists to try to find a picture of the person you are looking for. If you can't find a matching picture or name, and if you feel comfortable doing so, you could also send a private message to the friend or family member you have in common with the person you're searching for to ask them to put you in contact with that person or tell you their Facebook name.
  • If someone rejects your friend request, respect their decision and do not send more requests. Facebook users have the ability to block requests, so if you send too many requests and the other person blocks you, your new requests won't even reach them anyway.