New Trier kids usually get very good test scores, and the usual 3-level class would be pretty accelerated in most other places. The Science Olympiad team has won state for the past six years. Sometimes the real intelligence of students at the school is questioned.
There was an article in Time magazine in the '90s called "High Times At New Trier High." This accurately sums up the drug usage at New Trier. Many students at New Trier are users. Many also drink.
The sports teams are usually quite good, and therefore hard to make. This is discouraging for some, but there are alternatives, like Night League (a basketball organization of New Trier kids that plays on Wednesday nights). Also, this excellence at sports cause other schools to have a hatred for New Trier. However, this is not without cause; some students at the school display a cocky, egotistical attitude.
Student from other school : I hate New Trier.
At New Trier, Wilmette (a very rich town, though the least extreme of the township) is considered "ghetto" by a some of the richest kids. Many of the kids that live in Kenilworth or Glencoe are scared of venturing into Evanston after dark, much less Chicago. However, those that do feel extremely cool to be hanging out "down town."
Another trademark of New Trier High School is the students' nauseating sense of pride. As a Trevian, it feels GREAT to be better than everyone else, but when you are "everyone else" it is more than frustrating. New Trier currently has extreme rivalries with Loyala and ETHS, and consistently beats them at everything, further secluding them from the surrounding areas.
One of the more surprising things about New Trier is the drug culture. New Trier has had one of the worst drug problems in the area, with a majority of students admitting to using marijuana regularly. It is not unheard of for a freshman to dabble in cocaine and herion. By sophomore year, most students are nearly alcoholics. This problem is probably fueled by kids having waaaaaay too much money, free time, and parents that are always working. New Trier is trying to fight the drug problem with little success (though the administration claims otherwise).
Glencoe kid: Do you live in Wilmette?
Wilmette kid: yeah...
Glencoe kid: OMGZZZ, do you have like drug connections?!
Wilmette kid: no...
Glencoe kid: But aren't you like right next to Evanston
Wilmette kid: so....?
Exeter prep student :"New Trier? The school in the North Shore? Yeah it's nice, nothing too special though."