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Which one of the following questions should be used when one is asking someone about his school, he studied at?

Where have you done your high school from?


Where did you do your high school from?

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I think you probably want to be asking your questions on the forum for English Language Learners. You can read more about the two sites here. – J.R. Jul 13 '13 at 11:11
This question belongs on English Language Learners. – MετάEd Jul 13 '13 at 13:07
In the UK, if the question were asked at all, it would be "Where did you go to school?" or "Which school did you attend?". But I think it would be asked only amongst those who obviously went to fee-paying schools. See also my comment below StoneyB's answer. – TrevorD Jul 13 '13 at 14:01
One does not “do” school. – tchrist Jul 13 '13 at 16:01
The answer would also depend on which variety of English you speak. As far as I know, the term "high school" is part of American English. In the UK, such schools are called secondary schools. That means that the question would have to be "Where did you go to secondary school?". – Tristan Jul 14 '13 at 1:41

"Where'd you go to high school?"

Be careful not to confuse this with "Where'd you go to school?" In the US, this usually means "What university did you attend?" which is for many people an index to your social, economic and intellectual "class".

In St. Louis, however, it does in fact mean "What high school did you attend?", which in this city serves the same pigeonholing end.

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Also, where you went to high school is almost entirely dependent on where you grew up (except for private school or large metropolitan areas with multiple public schools). And no one really cares about high school afterwards. So the natural question would be "where do you go to high school?". – Mitch Jul 13 '13 at 12:52
@Mitch Generally true, but not in St. Louis, where for a number of reasons (e.g., a very large number of private and Catholic schools, urban sprawl, gentrification) your high school is taken to be as much a matter of choice as your university. – StoneyB Jul 13 '13 at 13:06
In the UK, we have primary school (up to age 11), secondary school (from age 11 to 16-18), then college and/or university. Private (fee-paying) schools are available for both primary and secondary levels. Prior to the mid-1970s, there was selective education at the secondary level according to whether you passed or failed the "11+ exam", and those who passed went to a high school or grammar school. As far as I know, the term "high school" is not now commonly used at all in the UK, and "school" would never mean "university". – TrevorD Jul 13 '13 at 13:53
@TrevorD It's pretty much the same in the US, except that many jurisdictions distinguish elementary school (K-6th grade), middle or junior high school (7-8) and high school (9-12). 'Primary' and 'secondary' tend to be professional/administrative rubrics, not colloquial. – StoneyB Jul 13 '13 at 14:03
@TrevorD Sorry, we tend to speak in terms of 'grade' rather than 'age', because people start at different ages and occasionally skip grades or are 'kept back'. (My sister, for instance, started 1st grade at age 5, skipped her 12th-grade year of high school, and finished her B.A. at 18.) Add five or six to the grade I indicated for ages, and you'll be right 99% of the time. – StoneyB Jul 13 '13 at 14:17

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